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ZTE's Max XL serves up big screen for cheap

Featuring a 6-inch display and a 13-megapixel camera, ZTE's newest phone costs $130.

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ZTE ZMax XL

Available for Sprint's prepaid networks Boost Mobile and Virgin, the ZTE Max XL is a 6-inch Android phone that costs $130.

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ZTE ZMax XL

In addition to its 6-inch display, the phone has a fingerprint reader located on the back. It also runs Android Nougat 7.1.1.

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ZTE ZMax XL

The device is powered by a 3,990mAh battery and a 1.4GHz eight-core processor.

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ZTE ZMax XL

On the bottom is a USB Type-C port for power and data transferring. Up top is a headphone jack.

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ZTE ZMax XL

A look at the phone's right edge, which houses the volume rocker and sleep/power button.

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ZTE ZMax XL

The Max XL has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Its storage can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card.

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ZTE ZMax XL

The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. During my time with it, I noticed the camera can handle brightly lit environments well, but struggled with closeup or macro shots.

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ZTE ZMax XL

Given its size, the phone is quite heavy and its design reminds me of the Google Nexus 6. But the responsive and sharp display make web browsing and viewing video very comfortable.

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ZTE ZMax XL

Again, the phone goes for $130. This is a great deal if you're looking for a big-screen device for less than $200.

For more information, check out the ZTE Max XL hands-on.

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