5.8/10
Informr score
The ZTE ZMAX currently has an Informr score of 5.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Large, color accurate screen
  • Great battery life
  • Decent performance

What's bad

  • Low screen resolution
  • Unwieldy to hold and slippery
  • Camera focus and shutter speed very slow

Despite ZTE's best efforts, it has struggled to make itself a household name. With the release of the ZMAX, ZTE hopes to penetrate the relatively small market of budget phablets. As an entry-level device, the ZMAX offers a generic rectangular design and tapered edges. Measuring in at 6.4 x 3.3 x 0.35 inches, it falls on the larger side of phablet territory and also weighs a hefty 190 grams. Most experts describe it as unwieldy and uncomfortable to hold not only due to its dimensions but also because of its slippery plastic back.

At the forefront of the device is the 5.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 720 pixels. With a pixel density of only 258ppi, it isn't the sharpest display on the market, but reviewers didn't mind the slightly lower pixel density and praised the display's natural colors and decent contrast. Unfortunately, they did notice colors tended to wash out under bright light and when viewed at certain angles.

As to be expected of the lower price tag, the ZMAX doesn't have the fastest processor on the market, but the 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM is enough to perform seamlessly enough during basic tasks for most critics. With that said Android Authority adds, "This isn't the fastest or smoothest processing package available" as they experienced some stuttering transitions and delays when launching apps. Its one major advantage over other smartphones is the 3,400mAh battery. Due to the weaker processor and lower resolution screen, the ZMAX's battery lasted critics a full day of moderate to high use.

When it comes to camera quality, the 8MP shooter offers no surprises. Experts were able to produce decent photos in good lighting situations and, as to be expected, noisy and poorly detailed low light images. They also add that the camera churned out many blurry images due to slow focusing and shutter speed.

Although the ZMAX might not be as feature-rich as far as phablets go, its low cost of entry, long battery life and solid experience win the recommendation of reviewers to consumers buying their first Android device. Phone Scoop states, "It's a solid device that gets most of the basics right…it's well made…and a solid performer for the money."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

This Android handset should appeal to cost-conscious buyers who want the biggest screen they can afford.

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Android Authority

ZTE is able to bring a large screen experience to the very affordable segment of the Android space, but does so under a decidedly mid-range scope. When you factor in how affordable it is, the ZTE ZMax stands out from the pack. After all, there are plenty of people out there that want to enjoy a larg...

- Joshua Vergara, Android Authority
PhoneArena

Looking at the overall package, we can say that the ZTE ZMAX is as generic as they get, but for a phablet, we’re content to know that it’s accompanied with an affordable price tag of $252 outright. Certainly, it’s the least features rich phablet we’ve come across, as it mostl...

- John V., PhoneArena
PC Magazine

In its quest for relevancy in the U.S., ZTE is starting at the bottom. That's not necessarily a bad thing—the level of quality for entry-level Android phones has never been higher, and the Zmax helps raise the bar for low-cost, big-screen devices. It's aggressively priced and manages to avoid...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine


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Screen Size
5.7"

The ZTE ZMAX's screen size is 5.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

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

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3400 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

ZTE ZMAX Specs

Overview
Release date September 24, 2014
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.37 W/kg
Body: 1.43 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 392 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.3 x 8.4 x 0.9 cm (6.4 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 156 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 258 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
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 Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Night mode, Self-timer, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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 Z970

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