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Is ZTE's $100 phone any good?The ZMax Pro features a big 6-inch display, but only costs $100. With such a budget price tag, is there a catch?
[MUSIC] ZTE's big screen ZMAX PRO has an expansive six inch display, a finger print reader and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It's also, get this Only a $100. You heard that right. While most recent phablet starts around from $500 with a high end handset causing upwards from $700 to $800. The Zmax Pro cost only 100 bucks. It also has a 13 mega pixel camera. 32 gigs of internal storage and expandable memory. So what's the catch? Well, the device does have a few drawbacks. For one thing, it's only available on the prepaid carrier MetroPCS for now. Its Snapdragon 617 Qualcomm processor isn't the fastest or most advanced chipset around. And it doesn't have an NFC chip, so you can't use things like the digital payment system Android Pay. Plus its non-removable 3.4 ampere hour battery takes a little long to charge. But for just $100, many will say that these compromises are worth it. And I'd have to agree. It may not be our top choice for the perfect big screen device, that's true. But if you're on a budget and you're looking for a generally sized phone, and you don't mind being on MetroPCS for a while, then consider the ZTE ZMax Pro. It offers a whole lot of phone, and you don't need to cough up a ton of dough for it. [MUSIC]