ZTE makes a 5.7-inch smartphone for T-Mobile that’s a good value for its size

Gigaom

There’s a good chance you’ve owned a ZTE device before, but you may not have known it. ZTE has built so-called “white label” handsets sold in the United States under carrier brands for years, but now it is trying to build consumer recognition in the United States. One of the first phones sold in the United States under the ZTE name is an affordably priced “phablet” handset for T-Mobile.

The ZTE Z Max has two things going for it: First, it’s got a big 5.7-inch screen running at a 720p resolution. Second, it’s cheap — $252 unlocked, or $10.50 per month on a [company]T-Mobile[/company] payment plan. For that price, you actually get a fair amount of phone for your money — a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a big 3,400mAh battery, and Android 4.4 that’s blissfully close to the way Google intended, with only a few tweaks like T-Mobile apps and…

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