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ZTE Solar
ZTE Solar
ZTE Solar
ZTE Solar
ZTE Solar

Informr score
The ZTE Solar currently has an Informr score of 2.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Large display
  • Decent processor performance for price point

What's bad

  • Bad network connectivity
  • No tethering capabilities
  • Poor battery life
  • No front camera
  • No HDMI port

Like many of ZTE's smartphones, the Solar is an entry level device. Its 4.5-inch LCD display offers a fairly low resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 218ppi. The phone itself weighs a hefty 157 grams and measures 5.24 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches.

Behind the plastic display is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 2,070 mAh battery. As a lesser known model, there are very few expert opinions on the Solar. Non-expert reviews note the phone's speedy performance when opening and using apps.

The biggest complaint among users is the phone's poor network connectivity. Although it offers both 2G and 3G connectivity, many consumers had problems utilizing their data plan. Far too often they would not be able to connect to the network despite having full reception. Other times they would not have any reception at all for nearly a full day. The issue also affected user's ability to make and receive calls and texts though it didn't hamper Wi-Fi connection. Phone Rated also mentions that the phone does not allow tethering to other devices.

Another major issue was battery life. One user recounts his experience and states, "I used it once and it went from 100% to 85%."

Included with the device is a 5MP rear camera. The camera can record high-resolution 2592 x 1944 resolution movies. Despite allowing high quality video, the camera does not include an HDMI port so these movies cannot be directly viewed on HDTVs. There is no front camera, which makes using video conferencing apps awkward as one informal review states.

Despite the low cost of entry, actual user experience has been fairly negative and most do not recommend the product. One consumer states, "Horrible phone, not worth your time."

1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
2070 mAh

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Common Questions

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

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

If your Solar 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 Solar's screen size is 4.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8625 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.


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), 2070 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

ZTE Solar Specs

Release Date November 15, 2013
Regions Available USA
Operating System No
Processor Qualcomm MSM8625 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 768 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.6 W/kg
Body: 1.34 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Scene mode, Exposure, Anti-band
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 218 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2070 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 15 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.3 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 157 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, AAC
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Timer, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): ZTE Z795G
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