For companies with a large global footprint, serving up budget phones can be the bread-and-butter to claiming market share, mind share and attention for the more expensive future release. It’s ZTE’s hope this time around, anyways.
We’ve had some eyes on some budget materials from Hong Kong’s Alcatel OneTouch earlier on with some unique little twists — namely, Windows 10 Mobile. When it comes to the China-based manufacturer, though, we have some different differentiators coming into play for the Avid Plus and the Grand X3.
Let’s start with the Avid Plus that’s headed to T-Mobile and MetroPCS: it has a quad-core Snapdragon 210 at 1.1GHz running the show on a 5-inch FWVGA screen. Beginner’s luck for a beginner’s phone at a beginner price (somewhere below $50, we’re told).
If you want a pique of intrigue, head over to AT&T subsidiary Cricket Wireless for the Grand X3. Grander is the Snapdragon 210 here, clocked up to 1.3GHz. There’s fast charging available through USB Type-C and, specifically, Texas Instruments’s standard. We bump resolution and screen size up to 720p and 5.5 inches. The glass pools up around the corners, making for what ZTE calls the “Infinity Edge.” If that doesn’t sound familiar from the Axon, this will: Hi-Fi audio with Dolby Digital assistance.
Both phones are promised a software update to Marshmallow, but they’re launching with Android 5.1.
Want a peak sneak peek at how the entry level may go next level? Take a look below.
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