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ZTE and Sprint launch a $130 phone with a massive 3990mAh battery

ZTE and Sprint have announced a new $130 phone that aims to keep people working for up to two full days.

The ZTE Max XL (or MAX XL if you're annoying about it) features a 6-inch 1080p LCD display covered in Gorilla Glass 3, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and a whopping 3,990mAh battery.

That battery, along with the rear fingerprint sensor, is the main course here — though the phone runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box, which is impressive — but the dessert is the price tag, which comes to $130 in total. It actually comes in at $101.99 with the web-only $28 promotional discount, which makes it an even better deal at the moment.

The handset is part of Sprint's plan to offer great budget phones for its Boost sub-brand, which uses its same LTE network but does away with the extras, and higher price, to make it more attractive to bargain seekers.

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The phone does use capacitive navigation buttons, which increases the overall footprint of an already-large phone, but most people who want a phone this big — it weighs 180 grams — are probably willing to put up with a bit of extra front bezel.

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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

11 Comments
  • That's actually... not that bad of a device, definitely not aimed for power users looking for high-end specs. The only irk to me is not the bezel's size but its color, that dark greyish color just bothers me, should have gone with a lighter gray or just our good ol plain black.
  • Will this work on Sprint?
  • If it works on Sprint I'll pull the trigger right now for $100. That's a nice backup travel phone.
  • Article on Android police says that a version is coming to Sprint and Virgin Mobile.
  • The article says Sprint
  • No, the article says Sprint who owns Boost...this is a Boost Mobile phone. But should work with Sprint as long as they allow the phone on their official list of supported devices for Sprint (and not meaning Sprint Boost Mobile).
  • No, Boost phones are not in the Sprint "inventory", and can't be activated on Sprint.
  • Not a flagship, but that's a lot of phone for your dollar. Budget phones are actually decent these days, I remember how little and crippled they used to be.
  • Makes you really notice how overpriced a nearly $1000 flagship is.
  • Don't forget, you get what you pay for.
  • Power bank with built-in phone! Props...