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The ZTE Awe currently has an Informr score of 4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Very affordable
  • Average size display
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Sluggish processor
  • Poor camera performance
  • No 4G LTE

The ZTE Awe is a basic Android phone, which specs-wise, is clearly average. Its main features include a 4-inch touchscreen display with sub-HD resolution, a 5 megapixel main camera complemented by a 1 megapixel front cam, a dual-core CPU, and a 1,650mAh battery that lasts almost 10 hours in terms of talk time. While it doesn't look like much at first glance, most user reviews we found online indicate that it was powerful enough for a basic smartphone and was available for a reasonable price.

Although you won’t find the latest version of Android on it, the Awe does run one of the newer flavors of the OS by default. It comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which lacks a few new features but fortunately still supports all the same apps and has some neat software tricks. To be more specific, it should be able to run the latest Android games as evidenced by reviewers, unless the games have high-resolution graphics, of course.

The biggest complaints about this phone appear to stem from its processor and camera, which are deemed by Cnet’s Lynn La as “sluggish” and “ho-hum,” respectively. However, she feels that the poor performance is somewhat justified, in the sense that “you get what you pay for.”

In the end, the ZTE Awe is seen as an acceptable phone despite its flaws not only because the price is right, but also because its overall performance is acceptable.

Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Given its sluggish processor and ho-hum camera, you do indeed "get what you pay for" with the Awe. However, at $100 off-contract, what you "get" is actually pretty satisfying. If you're in need of a low-cost prepaid phone, the Awe will satisfy, but if you want a quick-moving phone, move on.

- Lynn La, Cnet

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

ZTE released the Awe on September 10, 2013.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the ZTE Awe user manual here.

ZTE backs up the Awe with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Awe has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact ZTE support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find ZTE's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The ZTE Awe's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8630 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1650 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 6.3 days standby time.

ZTE Awe Specs

Release date September 10, 2013
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8630 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1650 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm (5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, Scene mode, Blink detection, Exposure, Anti-banding
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE N800

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Critic Reviews


Though slow on speed, still a great prepaid value

from Cnet

Given its sluggish processor and ho-hum camera, you do indeed "get what you pay for" with the Awe. However, at $100 off-contract, what you "get" is actually pretty satisfying. If you're in need of a low-cost prepaid phone, the Awe will satisfy, but if you want a quick-moving phone, move on.

Read full review

Given its sluggish processor and ho-hum camera, you do indeed "get what you pay for" with the Awe. However, at $100 off-contract, what you "get" is actually pretty satisfying. If you're in need of a low-cost prepaid phone, the Awe will satisfy, but if you want a quick-moving phone, move on.

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User Reviews


Shuts down, Unreliable

Had this phone a few months now. It was my first smart phone so the price was good. The first couple of months it was good then it began to shut down when I rec'd incoming calls(?). Now it shuts down at incoming calls, outgoing calls and when ever it feels like it. Missed several calls.