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MetroPCS to Offer 6-inch Phablet for Only $99

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Earlier today, ZTE showcased its latest Android device: an affordable phablet that goes by the name ZTE ZMAX Pro. The phablet comes with a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080; qualifying it as one of the Android phones currently on the market with a large size. Along with the display, the ZMAX Pro boasts of a 13MP rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording and phase detection auto-focus. On the front, there's a 5MP front-facing camera. Below the rear camera is a fingerprint reader.

Powering the ZMAX Pro from within is an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB of RAM. For storage, there's an internal memory of 32GB and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. A 3,400 mAh non-removable battery has also been included to give power to the device. The ZMAX Pro features support for LTE bands 2, 4, and 12 with 2/4+12 and 4+4 carrier aggregation, HD Voice, and VoLTE. ZTE has also included a USB Type-C 2.0 port on the phablet. Upon release, the ZMAX Pro will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

The ZMAX Pro is set to launch at MetroPCS on August 1 with a price of $99 after an instant rebate. In addition to this, if you pre-register and decide to buy the device before July 31, you'll receive a free leather case that doubles as a kickstand. This freebie is exceptionally handy while you're watching videos on the large display of the ZMAX Pro.


Source:  PhoneDog

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  1. Can you buy this and use it on tmobile ?

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    1. You may be able to buy an unlock code on eBay.

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  2. Is this phone the reason why ZMax 2's have been on firesale?

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  3. Cricket has a similar specd ZTE phone.

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    1. Yes, Cricket's ZTE Grand X Max 2 appears to be basically the same phone, minus VoLTE support. It's more expensive, $169.99 or $129.99 if you port a number to Cricket.

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    2. Cricket's Grand X Max 2 has half the internal memory and no finger print reader.

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    3. Best bang for your buck by far.

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  4. So actual prepaid T-Mobile subscribers don't get this phone?

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    1. That remains to be seen. MetroPCS subscribers can't get the phone until Aug 1 either.

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  5. That's a lot of phone for $100 .

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  6. TMoNews reported that the phone has an octa core processor.

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    1. Snapdragon 617 is octocore (4@1.5GHz, 4@1.2GHz), but many slow cores still perform worse than a 3.5 year old design using fewer fast cores (Snapdragon 800 4@2.3GHz).

      I'm not sure how much Android benefits from highly parallel CPU anyways since it is basically a single process paradigm (background process goes into a heavily dormant state, releasing memory, resources, etc).

      This is more of a battery saving strategy (slow cores handle light workloads keeping fast cores powered down) then a performance one.

      Single thread performance is still king!

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    2. 801 is a dead horse, I would much rather have a more efficient 617 in a $99 phablet running marshmallow any day. Testing shows these 2 to be almost tied in side by side bench tests.

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  7. Question: It supports LTE bands 2,4,& 12 (that I understand). But then you say it also supports "2/4+12 & 4+4 carrier aggregation".....HUH? What's 2/4+12 & 4+4???

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    1. LTE bands are divided into individual channels or carriers. Carrier aggregation is using two or more carriers simultaneously. 2/4+12 means combining one or more band 2 or 4 carriers with one or more band 12 carriers. 4+4 combines multiple band 4 carriers.

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    2. Wouldn't it be better to list it as 2+12, 4+12 and 4+4 instead of 2/4+12 and 4+4?

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  8. ZTE has done a decent job slimming bezels down lately.

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  9. Does this phone and Cricket's version support all the same bands?

    Is one phone better than the other for use on both the AT&T and T-Mobile networks once the phone is unlocked?

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    1. The MetroPCS version doesn't support AT&T's LTE band 5.
      I suspect that T-Mobile is blocking phones without VoLTE support like the Cricket ZTE Grand X Max 2 from connecting to band 12.

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    2. So the MetroPCS version doesn't support band 5 and the Cricket version doesn't support band 12, is that right?

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    3. No, the Cricket version supports band 12 on the AT&T network but T-Mobile doesn't seem to be allowing without VoLTE to access band 12 on the T-Mobile network.

      The MetroPCS version doesn't support band 5 which T-Mobile doesn't use but AT&T does.

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    4. So the Cricket version is a better phone?

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    5. Not for use on T-Mobile or MetroPCS it isn't.

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  10. Wow, it's another >$50 T-mo phone.

    So...it's nothing.

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    1. Could be worse. Could cost twice as much on Fi.

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  11. I will not buy the ZTE ZMAX Pro or any other phone that has a non-removable battery. By the way, the ZTE ZMAX 2 has a removable battery.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly=

      "AnonymousJuly 19, 2016 at 10:59 PM

      I will not buy the ZTE ZMAX Pro or any other phone that has a non-removable battery. By the way, the ZTE ZMAX 2 has a removable battery."

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    2. Yeah, is it so hard to have 4 tiny screws on the back so the cover can be removed easily?

      The ZTE Axon 7, coming out soon, actually looks like a perfect phone on paper. Almost.. it WOULD be perfect if they corrected the "non-removable battery" design deficiency.

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  12. Can I port my number to MetroPCS before August 1 but still get this phone on August 1 with the $60 porting discount applied so that its price becomes $40?

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    1. I don't see how. Just wait until after the 1st.

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    2. Can a Google Voice number be used to get the $60 port in discount?

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  13. It is now Aug 11 and I have have had the phone since the second. It is really fast. Also I am getting use to the size. I am on the $30 plan and I cannot find fault with it. It took me a bit to find the speakerphone. But I am coming from lollipop. It does not show up until you start a call.Very nice change from an S5. Screen protector needed to be broken in felt a little tacky. I have only had to charge once since I had it.So not worried about non removable battery.Big battery hard to drain and I did try. Very nice of customer service to call on the phone to see how it was going.I think they will be OK. Should mention that I use it in the SF Valley of L.A. so no reception problems. Worth the money good bargain for those specs.

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    1. How much 4G data do you get on your $30 plan? And how long have you been on Metro for?

      I want to know what your speeds are once your 4GLTE is done.

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    2. which 4G LTE GB plan are you on? and what do you get slowed to once you hit the limit?

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