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Virgin Mobile Releases New Upmarket ZTE Phone, the Supreme

Virgin Mobile's latest phone, the ZTE made Virgin Mobile Supreme, is now available. It's one of the big but little known Chinese manufacturer's highest end phones to date with specs that rival those of the Samsung Galaxy S III. But it's list price is $299.99 price, $100 less than the Samsung.

The Supreme is the same phone that Sprint has been selling since June as the Sprint Vital. In Sprint livery it has been getting some pretty good reviews. PhoneArena said the display was "bright, vibrant and generally pleasant to use"  and the camera "performed respectably" but the battery "drained fairly quickly". PCMag called the Vital "ZTE's best smartphone yetliking the camera and display, but found the out going call quality "thin, tinny and grating". Engadget's Brad Molen gave the camera a mixed review; it took fine pictures in normal lighting but didn't do as well as Samsung's best in low-light situations or bright sun. Brad did like the Vital's video capture quality and found battery life decent at at 12 to 13 hours with moderate use.

Here are the Virgin Mobile Supreme's specs:
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus (MSM8960)
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, accepts SD cards up to 64 GB
  • Screen: 5.0" 1280x720px HD IPS Touchscreen
  • Cameras: 13 MP main camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture; 1 MP front facing camera
  • OS: Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Hi-Speed Data: LTE, EV-DO
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • NFC
  • Dimensions: 5.59 x 0.39 x 2.81 in (141.9 x 9.9 x 71.4 mm)
  • Weight: 5.43 oz. (153.9 g)
  • Battery: 2500 Mah, Talk time: 15 hours,Standby Time: 11.25 days
ZTE's first phone for Sprint Prepaid Group, the Boost Mobile ZTE Warp developed a reputation for freezing and crashing. I haven't seen any complaints about latter ZTEs like the Boost Warp Sequent Force so hoprefully ZTE's quality issues are behind it. Still I wouldn't buy the Supreme at the current $299.99 price. Especially not when the Samsung Galaxy S III is currently on sale for just $40 more. But I expect the Supreme's price to drop to around $200 within a month or two.


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  1. The pro Samsung is getting old , I have an HTC one x and a sg3, the HTCs screen blows Samsung away, and the sg3 widgets and software look like cartoon animations.

  2. I tried a few other ZTE phones besides the Warp and they were buggy and have tendency to freeze. We shouldn't fault ZTE completely. Virgin Mobile, like any other carrier, has an entire team of people that qualifies phones for variety of things, including network compatibility. They clearly didn't test the Warp thoroughly. The Warp has the highest tendency to crash that I don't know how Virgin Mobile would have missed it.

    1. The reviews, in generally, are quite poor for ZTE products.

      You get an inexpensive phone with great spec's on paper, but you end up getting for what you paid for.

  3. The Chinese military owns a controlling interest in ZTE and Huawei. Both companies were caught putting backdoors in the networking equipment sold to western governments including the US. Congress held hearings about this and neither ZTE nor Huawei could explain a legitimate reason for including these backdoors other than spying on us. No one should buy anything from ZTE or Huawei

    1. I think we have more to fear from the NSA spying on us than the Chinese.

      What goes around comes around. Governments around the world are now calling for a boycott of US communications services and equipment because of NSA backdoors. NSA Spying Seen Risking Billions in U.S. Technology Sales - Bloomberg

    2. From your mouth to Gods ears. I could not agree more Dennis. Enough is enough. Hopefully Colorado is an example of what we will see in the next few years when our constitutional rights are violated.

    3. Thanks, but I wouldn't hold Colorado up as a shining example of civil liberties, not with that "Show me your papers" law.

  4. 5" and 2500 mah. not bad.

  5. Oops! I just bought this phone in a hurry, mostly because of the large screen, 6 mos away from being 60, my eyes are blury. Maybe need new glasses. Well will see. I will come back to give ya'll an update.

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