It seems like every month we get a new world's thinnest smartphone, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE knows that's a mug's game. They've decided to go for broke with the Grand S, which sports a 5-inch 1080p screen (like all the cool kids do) and still manages to fit into a case that's just 6.9mm thin at the thickest point. For what it's worth, that makes the Grand S the thinnest 5-inch, 1080p phone out there. (The current holder of the coveted "world's thinnest" title is the 6.45mm Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, introduced just yesterday.) Other drool-worthy specs include a 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera.
If you're looking for an LTE smartphone on a serious budget, look no further - MetroPCS may have just unveiled the cheapest LTE phone to date, in the form of the $150 ZTE Avid 4G. Yes, really, an LTE phone that costs $150. Color us shocked (well, as shocked as we can get about budget phones).
Of course, the Avid 4G is designed to also work with Metro's CDMA network, (thus that whole PCS business) so it won't do much good outside America's smallest national carrier.
The Avid 4G packs a dual-core 1.2GHz processor of some variety, a 4" 480x800 display, Android 4.0, and a 5MP rear camera.
Amazon just did some price slashing on a scale we rarely see, cutting costs for all sorts of new smartphones across the board. Hit up the list to see what's up for grabs. All of these deals are for both new customers and upgrades.
One X+ (AT&T) - $139.99 ($70 savings)
What more can you say about the One X+ than it's a One X but better? 64GB of internal storage, LTE, and Android 4.1, all on the most beautiful smartphone display I've ever seen. Buy here.
DROID DNA (Verizon) - $149.99 ($50 savings)
The DROID DNA is HTC's latest DROID creation in collaboration with Verizon, and it's also the first mass-market 1080p smartphone in the US.
Considering the multitude of leaks surrounding the device,, you probably already know basically everything there is to know about the ZTE Flash for Sprint. And now, The Now Network has made this mid-ranger official. The device features some pretty modest specs, along with a very Galaxy Nexus-esque form factor:
- 4.5" 1280x720 Display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 12.6MP rear shooter
- Android 4.0
- 1,780mAh battery
- 8GB storage, microSD card slot
- 4G LTE
- 5.27 inches (H) x 2.56 inches (W) x 0.38 inches (D)
- 5.2 oz.
To go along with this new 4G offering, Sprint also announced several new additions to its LTE network:
We've heard quite a bit about the upcoming ZTE Flash on Sprint over the last couple of weeks, but Best Buy just spilled all the details of the upcoming mid-ranger. According to previous leaks - which have now been confirmed by Best Buy - the Flash has a 4.5-inch 1280x720 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and Android 4.0. The handset's claim to fame, however, is its 12.6MP rear shooter - a first for a device in this class on Sprint.
This newcomer to Sprint's 4G LTE network was originally rumored to be available beginning today along with the Optimus G, Mach, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 LTE, although BB has it listed as "out of stock" at the moment.
Update: The ever-vigilant evleaks has leaked some press-quality shots of the Flash, and wow is the back of this thing ever ugly:
ZTE Flash (N9500) for Sprint twitter.com/evleaks/status…
— @evleaks (@evleaks) November 2, 2012
We had some internal documents regarding the upcoming Sprint Flash, a mid-range Android 4.0 handset by ZTE, leak yesterday. Today, we've got some actual pictures of the phone itself, which has a front fascia that absolutely screams "NEXUS!" (and no, it's not a Nexus).
The device model number, N9500, can be found over at the FCC complete with Sprint branding on the FCC label sample, as well.
Good morning, owners of the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III Epic 4G Touch. When you get your breath back, check your device's update function in the settings menu. Sprint's got a maintenance update, assuming that you're running the latest stock and non-rooted version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Software version S:D710.10S.FI27 adds only a few bug fixes to the email, MMS, and VPN apps, so don't get your hopes up for Jelly Bean any time soon.
ZTE Fury owners, you get to join the somewhat reserved party as well. The software update (N850V1.0.0B14) for the budget device boosts the volume for the speakerphone, adds a few network options, and purportedly boosts battery life.
Do you like the idea of a low-end prepaid phone that's probably marginally overpriced for what it is? Does Cricket Wireless intrigue you? Then have I got the news of the century for you. Meet the ZTE Engage. It's not particularly exciting. It's not particularly cheap. But it's... a phone. And it runs Android 4.0. So there's that.
The ZTE Engage does other things, too. Like music. And apps. Here are some specifications that describe it:
- 4.0” WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion – 1.4GHz
- Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
- MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
- Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery
If those don't get you pumped up, well, you're probably a person of pretty reasonable expectations.
MetroPCS just announced a new 4G smartphone from ZTE for its ever-expanding 4G LTE network. Dubbed the Anthem, this new handset offers mid-range specs under a 4.3" 480x800 display, including a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and Android 2.3. Past that, the pay-as-you-go carrier was overly-scant on details, but we'll assume it's packing 1GB of RAM and some sort of camera (5MP, maybe?).
So far as looks are concerned, it's not the prettiest thing we've ever seen, but it's hard to complain for around $220 (after MiR) with no contractual agreement.
The Anthem will be available "in the coming weeks." We'll let you know when that time comes.
We heard that the ZTE Warp Sequent was on its way to Boost Mobile a couple of weeks ago, and sure enough, it's now available to buy for $199.99.
The 4.3-inch phone packs a qHD display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz CPU with 768MB RAM. You'll be able to take photos and make video calls using the 1.3MP front facing camera, whilst the rear shooter allows you to capture 5MP shots.
Like the ZTE Warp, the Warp Sequent is running a vanilla build of Android, shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).