3/10
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The ZTE Prelude currently has an Informr score of 3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

The ZTE Prelude has some merits. Its petite design makes it completely pocketable, its 3G speeds were consistent, and storage hogs will dig its expandable memory. But even for its $50 price, the device's processor is just too slow, its phone calls are too poor, and its camera is too meager to outwei...

- Lynn La, Cnet


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Common Questions


ZTE released the Prelude on May 9, 2013.


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


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


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Screen Size
3.5"

The ZTE Prelude's screen size is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7225A Single core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

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

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 20.8 days standby time.

ZTE Prelude Specs

Overview
Release date May 9, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7225A Single core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 512 MB
ROM 4 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.25 W/kg
Body: 1.46 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 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: 20.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 6.2 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 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 (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel density 165 pixels
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors 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
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
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 No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance, Anti-banding
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, QCP, M4A, OGG
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 No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Kingsoft, Twitter, Google Play Store, Google+, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE Z993

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Cnet

Cheap, but still not worth the trouble

from Cnet

The ZTE Prelude has some merits. Its petite design makes it completely pocketable, its 3G speeds were consistent, and storage hogs will dig its expandable memory. But even for its $50 price, the device's processor is just too slow, its phone calls are too poor, and its camera is too meager to outweigh those pros.

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The ZTE Prelude has some merits. Its petite design makes it completely pocketable, its 3G speeds were consistent, and storage hogs will dig its expandable memory. But even for its $50 price, the device's processor is just too slow, its phone calls are too poor, and its camera is too meager to outweigh those pros.

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Junk

Piece of junk!!!!! Had it about 3 months and the charger port on the side of the phone quit working and will not charge the battery anymore. It gets even better the warranty division declined to replace it and I was paying extra for insurance through AIO and they also declined to replace it. They are n...More
Piece of junk!!!!! Had it about 3 months and the charger port on the side of the phone quit working and will not charge the battery anymore. It gets even better the warranty division declined to replace it and I was paying extra for insurance through AIO and they also declined to replace it. They are now just giving this phone away to new customers but I don't qualify. AIO JUST WANTS TO SELL ME A NEW PHONE. No thanks!!! I'll take my business elsewhere Less

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