Boost Mobile has launched its first "phablet", a phone with a nearly tablet sized screen, today. It's called the Boost MAX and is made by ZTE. The Android 4.1 device has a 5.7-inch 1280 x 720 px HD IPS Gorilla Glass screen and an 8-megapixel camera. It supports Sprint's LTE network which is now available in 340 markets.
The Max's other specs are decidedly mid-range including a dual core 1.2 Mhz processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. There's an SD card Slot with support for cards up to 64 GB and a massive 3200 MAh non-removable battery that provides a claimed 16 hours of talk time.
Like all of Boost's Android phones, the Max requires Boost Mobile’s $55 Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinking Payments. For every six on-time payments, the cost of the plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month for unlimited talk, text and picture messaging and data (throttled to 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB). Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone
Full specs for the Boost Max:
- 5.7-inch 1280 x 720 px HD IPS Gorilla Glass screen
- Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean OS
- 1.2GHz dual core processor
- 1 GB RAM/8 GB internal memory
- Support for up to 64 GB microSD cards
- Dual mode 3G/4G LTE
- 8-megapixel camera with 1-megapixel front-facing camera
- Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low-energy profile)
- 3200 mAh non-removable battery. up to 16 hours talk time
- Swype® keyboard for fast and easy text entry
- Dolby Digital Plus surround sound audio
- SmartView, technology that allows two applications to run side by side on the screen at the same time.
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.25 x 0.4 inches
- Weight 6.87 oz