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ZTE plays familiar tune with Sonata 2 smartphone for Cricket Wireless

Other than a few tweaks, the newly announced ZTE Sonata 2 sounds very similar to its predecessor, the Sonata 4G.

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Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.

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The ZTE Sonata 2 for Cricket Wireless. ZTE

In addition to its Maven handset for AT&T , ZTE launched a second Android device today. Called the Sonata 2, it is available on Cricket Wireless for $29.99 with a phone line activation or upgrade.

Though it serves as the successor to the Sonata 4G , the Sonata 2 takes a few steps back when it comes to some of its specs. For instance, it has a lower battery capacity (1,650mAh compared to the previous 1,785mAh endeavor), and its dual-core processor's clock speed has dropped slightly from 1.4 to 1.2GHz.

The Sonata 2 does promise longer estimations for battery usage (10 hours of talk time and 320 hours of standby compared to the predecessor's 5 and 312 hours, respectively). Of course, we won't know if these projections hold true until CNET gets its hands on a review unit.

The new iteration also features a less bulbous design, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat, not the most recent version of Google's mobile operating system.

Other than that though, not much has been changed between this version and the original Sonata. The phone still has a 4-inch display with a 800x480-pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel rear shooter that records 720p video, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Memory and storage has also remained the same: users will get the 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot that can hold up to 32GB.

Be sure to check back with CNET when we update this for a full review, and click here for more information on ZTE phones.

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