5.9/10
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The ZTE Grand X currently has an Informr score of 5.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Sturdy and solid design
  • Decent battery life
  • Smooth performance

What's bad

  • Poor screen responsiveness
  • Poor viewing angles on screen
  • Mediocre camera

Smartphones are no longer a luxury item anymore and ZTE proves that with the Grand X. As a mid-range device, the Grand X didn't blow reviewers away with its spectacular design. They describe very functional and solid looking, albeit chunky at 110 grams. It sports the standard curved edges and rounded corners of many other smartphones and, as to be, sports an all plastic chassis. While it is fairly slim at 0.37 inches, it is overall quite large measuring in at 5.7 x 2.87 inches.

The large size is to compensate for the 5-inch, 540p display. The resolution of the screen might be better than other smartphones in its class, but experts still found it lacking mainly in the brightness and color vibrancy department. Tech Radar notes, "…there's a slightly washed-out feel evident in pictures and videos…" Other critics also noticed the viewing angles were very narrow and they quickly experienced washed-out colors when they tilted the screen. Besides this, many also experienced issues with touch responsiveness noting it occasionally took several taps or swipes for an action to register.

At the handset's core are the 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. No reviewer would label the phone as a speed star, but they were able to execute basic tasks smoothly though not necessarily instantaneously. They add that gaming, even with more graphics intensive apps, was also fairly smooth with hardly any lags and no crashes. Unfortunately, it only comes with 4G of internal storage so there isn't much room to download too many apps. Due to the lower resolution screen and less powerful processor, reviewers were able to eke out around 11 hours of life during moderate usage from the Grand X's 2,300mAh battery.

The kindest thing reviewers could say about the 5MP rear camera is "passable." They describe the camera overall as slow with it taking a few seconds to start up and several more seconds to actually take a picture. While slow, experts still were able to take sharp and clear images in decent lighting, though they add that colors were fairly muted. The app itself is fairly barebones with just a couple scene modes, face detection, x4 digital zoom and panorama mode. There is none of the familiar advanced effects or HDR modes that many competitors are adding, so it isn't the best option for the enthusiastic phoneagrapher.

Reviewers are split over the ZTE Grand Max. Trusted Review states, "…pound-per-pound you get more for your money…" On the other hand CNET notes, "Although the ZTE Grand X is inexpensive…[there are] many other Android phones that perform faster and better at the same price or less."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

Although the ZTE Grand X is inexpensive for a prepaid device, Cricket has many other Android phones that perform faster and better at the same price or less. The most inexpensive option is the $60 LG Optimus L70. Like the Grand X, the handset isn't LTE enabled, and it has a smaller, 4.5-inch display...

- Lynn La, Cnet


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Common Questions


ZTE released the Grand X on August 7, 2014.


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


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


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Screen Size
5"

The ZTE Grand X's screen size is 5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8212 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
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.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 17.5 days standby time, 1 minutes.

Grand X Specs

Overview
Release date August 7, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8212 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.07 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 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 Up to: 1 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.5 x 7.3 x 0.9 cm (5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 172 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 220 pixels
Size 5 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 No
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
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance, Anti-band
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, 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
Apps
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 Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE Z777

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Critic Reviews


Cnet

Budget Android sacrifices specs for low price

from Cnet

Although the ZTE Grand X is inexpensive for a prepaid device, Cricket has many other Android phones that perform faster and better at the same price or less. The most inexpensive option is the $60 LG Optimus L70. Like the Grand X, the handset isn't LTE enabled, and it has a smaller, 4.5-inch display. But the L70's 5-megapixel camera takes clearer shots, and it runs the more recent 4.4 KitKat OS...

More

Although the ZTE Grand X is inexpensive for a prepaid device, Cricket has many other Android phones that perform faster and better at the same price or less. The most inexpensive option is the $60 LG Optimus L70. Like the Grand X, the handset isn't LTE enabled, and it has a smaller, 4.5-inch display. But the L70's 5-megapixel camera takes clearer shots, and it runs the more recent 4.4 KitKat OS.

Two other solid alternatives are the HTC Desire 510 and the Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE. Both are LTE handsets that run Android KitKat, and are equipped with higher-end hardware, like a quad-core processor, 5-megapixel cameras that can record HD video, and twice the amount of internal memory at 8GB. What's even better is that the Desire 510 costs $75 the Moto G is $100 -- meaning you'll get a better phone without breaking your $100 budget. 

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User Reviews


Wait till you change carriers

after 2 1/2 hours on the phone to get away from PC to another carrier including time with Samsung and bell, they finally unlocked my prepaid phone service so I could accept another carriers SIM card But it cost me $ 50.00 to get it unlocked from PC. all the past 2 years I was under the impression that...More
after 2 1/2 hours on the phone to get away from PC to another carrier including time with Samsung and bell, they finally unlocked my prepaid phone service so I could accept another carriers SIM card But it cost me $ 50.00 to get it unlocked from PC. all the past 2 years I was under the impression that it was always unlocked. my new carrier is Speakout and they said that they do not have any kind of fee to change to another carrier. As far as the rest of their service it was normal as expected. Less

One of the best values out there

I was shopping a long time to try and find an unlocked large format smart phone on the second hand market. A lot of people want to recoup the money they spent on phones like the Galaxy series, Notes, and similar. Also since I am in a small town, I was having to travel over an hour to look at some phone...More
I was shopping a long time to try and find an unlocked large format smart phone on the second hand market. A lot of people want to recoup the money they spent on phones like the Galaxy series, Notes, and similar. Also since I am in a small town, I was having to travel over an hour to look at some phones, with the seller pulling no-shows or not able to prove the phone didn't still have money owing. I finally decided to just buy an unlocked, prepaid from local "The Source". I found the ZTE, spec'd it out and walked out the door with a working UNLOCKED smartphone in under 10 minutes for less than 1/2 what private sellers were wanting for similar spec'd Samsung that was carrier locked. ZTE has kept the interface pared down and I had zero problems configuring the interface to my liking. I have owned it about 2 weeks now and have only charged it up twice- but I don't talk much either. HD video stutters a bit at start, but I have a few 720 videos that are completely watchable. Every app that I have downloaded from the Google Play store has worked flawlessly, which is more than I can say was my experience with the Galaxy S2 I have prior. I consider the ZTE a HUGE upgrade to that phone. Less
Richie

ZTE Grand X

At 149 Canadian dollars i didn't have to get caught up in some data plan contract. It's perfect for someone who only needs it for kijiji, twitter, reddit, instagram and general searches. Beautiful but no accessories available iyet, not even a friggin case? I love it though.

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