ZTE launches 6-inch, $149 Blade X Max with Cricket Wireless

ZTE and Cricket Wireless have teamed up to launch another budget device in the U.S. market, and this one is definitely worth looking at.

The Blade X Max, similar to the Max XL that launched at Boost Mobile last month (opens in new tab), is a massive 6-inch device with entry-level specs for $149. For that, you get an octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, along with a 13MP rear camera and a pretty sizeable 3,400mAh battery. That's all well and good, but the Blade X Max also ships with Android 7.1.1, and isn't too different from the stock Android experience you'll see on the Axon 7, the company's current flagship.

ZTE has made a name for itself in the U.S. in the past year, selling excellent unlocked phones like the Axon 7 and Blade V8 Pro, while partnering with carriers like Cricket and Boost to target the entry level market.

The phone will be available on May 12 at Cricket Wireless for $149.99, but new port-in customers can get it for $99.99.

See at Cricket Wireless (opens in new tab)

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

  • Actually doesn't look too bad at all for the price. Wouldn't expect any updates though.
  • Just got off the phone with them they said any phone as long as it has the most recent update will get the newest one witch in this case will be 8.0 (8.1) Android O
  • Even as a cricket customer, I would advise avoiding their phones. They are the most difficult to unlock. "Go" phones are better since they are an online unlock request from ATT. Or better yet, get a Moto G5 (with amazon offers) for around the same price and no carrier baggage.
  • I agree, if you're going prepaid buy an unlocked phone.
  • I tend to stay away from carrier phones. Those are the slowest to update, if they even do, to the recent Android OS. I like unlocked phones.this phone looks nice tho. And ZTE is cool. I'm rocking with their axon 7.
  • I just got a second 7 for 330.00 device is on sale again.
  • of course They have to ship these with the latest Android since they never get updates from ZTE.
    like the Zmax pro still on 6.0
  • The Boost and Virgin version has the biggest battery 3990 mAh but the smallest storage 16gb.
  • This sounds like a great phone for me. I've been wanting to try out an octacore and nougat. The screen is a bit large. My current phone is 5.7. But that bigger screen will be nice for wathing Hulu.
  • Correct me if I'm wrong but, here's my thoughts I'd like to know if this is true sense this came with the latest Android version (not 8.0) but 7.1.1 do you think it might end up with Android O 8.0