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Cricket to Launch the ZTE Grand X Max+, a $200, 6" LTE Phablet

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, AT&T's Cricket Wireless and ZTE USA announced the ZTE Grand X Max+, a 6 inch phablet that will be available at Cricket Wireless stores and online beginning January 9 for $199.99.

The new phone is a replacement for and upgrade from last year's ZTE Grand X Max which Cricket has been offering for the last six months at the same $199.99 price. Compared with its predecessor, the Max+ keeps the same overall dimensions, weight, six inch 720 x 1280 px screen, SD card slot and non-removable 3200 mAh battery. But just about everything else gets upgraded, the processor is now a Snapdragon 400 instead of a Snapdragon 200, there's twice the internal memory at 16 GB and double the RAM at 2 GB. The main camera gets bumped from 8 MP to 13 MP. The biggest upgrade is probably that the Max+, unlike the Max, supports LTE. ZTE didn't skimp on the bands either with support for bands 2, 4, 5 and 17 which is all of AT&T's LTE bands. It's cat 4 LTE too with a maximum theoretical speed of 150.8 Mbit/s although that won't do you much good as Cricket limits LTE speeds to a mere 8 Mbps.

Other specs of the ZTE Grand X Max+ include:

  • OS: Android 4.4
  • CPU quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
  • Internal memory 16 GB, 11.8 GB usable
  • RAM: 2GB
  • External memory: MicroSD slot supporting cards up to 32 GB
  • Cameras: rear; 13 MB with 720p video capture, front 5 MP
  • Screen 6" 720 x 1280 px TFT
  • Network: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 Mhz; UMTS 850, 1900 Mhz; LTE b2, b4, b5, b17
  • WiFi: 802.11 b,g,n
  • Battery 3200 mAh non-removable with quick charge support and up to 6.5 hours talk time
  • Dimensions: 6.38" x 3.27 x 0.31 in Width 3.27" Depth 0.31"
  • Weight 6.06 oz.
  • Hearing aid compatibility: M4, T4
  • Software features: Dolby Audio, Sharecare's AskMD
Other than a second-tier, but still very capable CPU and a bit less memory RAM and screen resolution, the Max+ packs specs that rival those of phablet flagships like the $825 Samsung Note 4. If you want a big phone without the big price tag, this might be the one for you.

Source, image: Cricket Wireless via PRNewswire


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  1. Since Cricket operates off of the GSM network, I wonder if it's possible for me to use this phone on my T-Mobile secret $30/month 5GB LTE, unlimited text + 100 minute plan after I get it unlocked...

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    1. This phone will cover T-Mobile's current LTE bands but not their impending band 12, and it also doesn't work on their main HSPA+ band (1700 MHz). Also Cricket's policy is that you have to have a phone in service for 6 months before they'll unlock it for you.

      If you just want a T-Mobile phone, the ZTE Zmax is very similar to this one and has LTE Band 12 support baked in.

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    2. "Secret plan"? Seriously bro? I been on this plan since 2011, one of the first adopters. Absolutely nothing secret about it.

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  2. Why do you continue to call it a "secret" plan?

    Given the reported bands, you should not have any issues unless you live in a non-refarmed area that uses 4G HSPA on AWS (1700/2100). However, the phone has all of T-Mobile's LTE bands (not counting b12... but few phones do at this point).

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  3. Why not use the zte zmax, you know. A phone actually intended for T-Mobile.

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  4. SD, your plan isn't so secret)

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  5. the previous version of this phone had an IR blaster ... the new version doesn't have an IR blaster listed anywhere in the specs ... can anyone confirm?

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    1. Got in touch with ZTE last night, they confirmed that the IR blaster was taken out because the new main and front camera assemblies were larger and took up more space.

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    2. hey man, thanks for the info on the IR blaster. it's a shame they didn't leave it in. i would have much preferred to have the IR blaster over the super-selfie front facing camera or any front facing camera for that matter.

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  6. Yes but it may be hard to get it unlocked.

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  7. The Zenphone 2 seems like a better buy, to me.

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  8. Amazon selling unlocked LG G2 unlocked for $249 has same- ish specs as my Nexus 5. ")

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  9. Cricket Wireless teaming up with Deezer Global Music Service bringing largest streaming music library on US smartphones. Source: http://cricketwireless.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=20295&item=122495

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  10. Does this gobble up data the same as anything else? I thought Cricket ages ago had something with music access that wasn't really part of the data allotment of the account.

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    1. It does. However, you can choose to download and playoffline if you are worried about data usage. It is an amazing app. Probably my favorite app I have ever used for music.

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    2. It most definitely gobbles data but I love it anyway. It is seriously the best music app I have ever used (and I love music) It does however have an option to download and play in offline mode if you are worried about data usage.

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