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ZTE launches ZMax for T-Mobile

ZTE introduced its latest 4G LTE device, known as the ZMax, at a New York press event today. The handset is available for T-Mobile customers (and MetroPCS users later on this year), for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $10.50 -- bringing the total off-contract price to $252.

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Core hardware components

The device is equipped with respectable innards, which include a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, and a sizable 3,200mAh battery.

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A slim profile

The handset's 0.35-inch profile keeps the handset lightweight and comfortable. Its straight edges and sharp corners render it aesthetically more pleasing and modern-looking than ZTE's last big-screen handset, the Boost Max (which was thicker too).

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Hitting phablet territory

In addition to its expansive LCD display, the ZMax features a 1,280x720-pixel resolution. This isn't the sharpest screen, especially in comparison to the 5.7-inch, quad-HD enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat

As for its software features, the 4G LTE device runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with ZTE's MiFavor user interface overlaid on top.

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Can record 1080p video

For your casual camera needs, it's equipped with an 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter that's capable of recording 1080p video, and a 1-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Simplistic user interface

Android purists will be pleased to know that the company's UI doesn't stray too far from stock Android.

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Expandable memory with a microSD card

The phone also comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, but users have the option to add up to 32GB of external storage via a microSD card.

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Competitive off-contract pricing

Though we'll know more about the device when we get a chance to review it thoroughly, its solid build quality coupled with the fact that it costs just a bit over $250, makes ZMax a decent prepaid value so far. For more on ZTE's other handsets, click here.

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