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ZTE Avid Plus features built-in Wi-Fi calling (hands-on)

Equipped with a 5-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and built-in Wi-Fi calling, the ZTE Avid Plus is available on T-Mobile and MetroPCS on January 20.

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In addition to taking the wraps off the Grand X 3, ZTE has teamed up with T-Mobile and its prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS to launch the Avid Plus handset.

Though exact pricing from the carriers have not been announced the entry-level device is aimed for the budget-conscious, and is has a retail price from ZTE of $115. It will go on sale on January 20.

As a T-Mobile handset, the Avid Plus will have built-in Wi-Fi calling, a useful feature if you find yourself in an area with little to no cellular coverage. The phone's other hardware specs are:

  • 5-inch LCD display with 854x480p screen resolution (196ppi pixel density)
  • 5-megapixel rear camera; 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor
  • 8GB internal storage; 1GB RAM
  • microSD card storage for up to 32GB
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • Google Android 5.1 Lollipop software
  • 4G LTE support for bands 2, 4 and 12

Again, the Avid Plus isn't meant to be a high-end smartphone. During my brief time with it, the handset seemed pretty laggy opening apps and scrolling through Web pages. Its 480p display looked grainy and even though you can expand storage with a microSD card, internal storage starts off at a meager 8GB. But the trade off with these compromises is an ultra-low-priced handset, and for budget users that can be worth checking out.

Check out all of our CES 2016 coverage here.

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