An interesting large-display phone for tight budgets

Highs

  • Very affordable price
  • Large good quality IPS FHD Display
  • Battery capacity 3990 mAh
  • Light weight for such a large device
  • Fingerprint sensor for a sub-$130 smartphone

Lows

  • Bulky body
  • Decent camera. Not so good in low light. Takes ~1 second to save a photo

Rating and Price

  • Not yet rated
  • Price: ~$130


Today, ZTE unveiled its new MAX XL entry level smartphone for the Sprint Boost Mobile network. Positioned as the contender of the Samsung Galaxy J7, the other smartphone offered by Boost Mobile, the large 6-inch ZTE MAX XL is available today for only $129.99 MRSP.

On the Boost Mobile site, the Samsung Galaxy J7 costs $199 without discount (today a $70 discount is offered) and most of the prices found on the internet are in that ballpark.

The main features of this affordable smartphone are the large 6-inch IPS FHD display, a responsive fingerprint sensor,  and the high capacity battery, which delivers 3,990 mAh. By comparison, the Galaxy J7 has a smaller 5.5 display with a 3000 mAh battery and no fingerprint reader. However, the Samsung’s mid-range device features a more muscular Snapdragon 615 while the MAX XL gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435.

My guess is ZTE made some hard choices to offer best-in-class and sought-after features under $130 and had to cut the cost on the processor side, to be able to provide a large IPS display with good image quality, a high-capacity battery and a fingerprint sensor at that price point.

The idea behind the choices made for the MAX XL’s hardware is summarized by what Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA, said:

“The ZTE MAX XL is intended to show just how great an affordable premium device can be in 2017.We continue to push boundaries and give consumers more of what they want – bigger battery, bigger screen and the best connection possible – all at an affordable price.  Consumers can get an excellent smartphone for under $130, and the MAX XL proves it.”

I have played briefly during the past few days with the ZTE MAX XL, and you can read my short review here.

Display (Very good for the price)


The main feature of the new ZTE MAX XL is the massive 6-inch display. At less than $130, we cannot expect “best in class,” however, the FHD IPS panel delivers a good image quality, with bright colors and deep contrasts. The screen-to-body ratio is rather decent, for a mid-range smartphone, the bezels are not too large.

Video Playback (good)

Justice League 2017 official trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvF2Bu41FQY

To make sure the video playback is good for such a nice price, I played the latest Justice League 2017 4K trailer from Youtube over WiFi. The video playback was fluid with a good sound quality, I sat the volume at about 75% of the maximum, in a quiet environment.

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about Android, Smartphones, ZTE.

Display
6"
1920x1080
IPS LCD
367 PPI
Price
~$130 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F Aperture F-Stop
Weight
180 g
Battery
3990 mAh
Launched in
2017-04-01
System
2GB RAM
Snapdragon 435 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
16
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