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ZTE Overture 2 plays its way onto Cricket Wireless for $50

The Overture 2 is a budget Android Lollipop smartphone with a 4.5-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera.

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The 4.5-inch Overture 2 for Cricket Wireless. ZTE

ZTE and Cricket Wireless have teamed up to offer budget-conscious Android fans the Overture 2 -- a $50 prepaid phone that's available now.

The modest device is equipped with a 4.5-inch display with a 854x480-pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video and a front-facing 0.3-megapixel shooter.

You might think of it as the opera that follows the original Overture , which was available on AT&T's former prepaid arm, Aio. (Since then, however, AT&T acquired Cricket Wireless and dissolved Aio altogether.)

Compared to its predecessor, you see, the Overture 2 has some notable improvements. Aside from the more recent Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system, its processor jumped from a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU from Qualcomm to a quad-core one, and its battery capacity increased to 2,100mAh. Internal memory has double to 8GB as well, though you can still expand the storage up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Other features include Quick Charge technology from Qualcomm, Dolby Audio for improved sound quality and a handful of Cricket-branded preloaded apps.

For more information on ZTE handsets, check out CNET's reviews here.

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