We dropped by the Hammerstein Ballroom here in New York last night for Pepcom's annual Wine and Dine Demo, which promised a first look at some this holiday season's hottest gadgets. And while there aren't many surprises for the big manufacturers left to spring in terms of new devices, it was a nice chance to spend some quality time with the smaller, tighter operations who have shifted their focus on the growing prepaid market.
Case in point: ZTE, the Chinese manufacturer who has focused mainly on the entry-level, prepaid market here in the States. Their hottest seller, the ZTE Warp, recently underwent a nice little refresh in the ZTE Warp Sequent, which is on sale now at Boost Mobile. The Warp Sequent is undoubtedly entry level, but for $200 up front and unlimited plans starting at $55/month, it's a nice option for those who want to keep their cellular bills to a minimum.
The Warp Sequent packs a 4.3-inch qHD display that looks surprisingly sharp and bright. Underneath the hood this device boasts a 1.4 Ghz single core processor, 768 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory. Nothing to blow you away here, but certainly sufficient enough for everyday usage. Refreshingly, the Warp Sequent runs Android 4.0 out of the box, and a nearly vanilla experience at that (though ZTE opted for traditional capacitive keys, here). The Sequent's got two cameras, as well as a 1,650 mAh battery that should get you through most if not all of your day.
For those of you with $200 to burn and the will to sign a two-year contract, the Warp Sequent shouldn't even cross your radar. But for those who want to keep their monthly bills low and would rather pay month-to-month, the Warp Sequent is definitely a valid option, especially in major metro markets where Boost and other prepaid carriers are booming. The Warp Sequent is on sale now at BoostMobile.com.