Specs summary


The ZTE Vital's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 900 minutes (2G).

Reviews summary

Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Bright, crisp display with wide viewing angles
  • Decent battery life
  • Relatively smooth and snappy performance

What's bad  

  • Poor call quality
  • Sluggish data connection
  • Screen attracts and retains fingerprint smudges

Like other ZTE phones, the Vital is targeted towards budget-minded consumers. Despite the budget price tag, the device impressed reviewers with its overall performance and quality. At 5.59 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide, the handset doesn't easily fit into standard jean pockets. Fortunately, critics found that it was comfortable and easy to use one-handed due to the soft-touch back cover and gently sloped edges.

Unlike standard budget phones, ZTE opted for a 5 inch IPS display with a 720 pixel resolution. Although it pales in comparison to more high-end phones like the iPhone 5, the ZTE display still manages a decent 293ppi. The quality surprised testers as it provided them with wide viewing angles, vivid graphics and good bright light legibility. Engadget does note, however, that while the whites are fairly bright, the blacks are lighter than AMOLED displays. Like most smartphones, the screen offers capacitive touch, which CNET says is, "adequately sensitive and responsive…" Unfortunately, the screen was found to retain fingerprint smudges, which eventually impacted touch performance as they built up.

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Behind the screen lies a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. While not the fastest smartphone available the Qaudrant benchmark test placed the ZTE Vital above both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Express. Real-life tests back up these results as experts describe the phone as "snappy" and had no issues with lag when opening or using apps. In order to keep running, ZTE equipped the device with a 2,500mAh battery. Digital Trends tests clock the battery life at 9 hours with heavy usage though they also say, "conservative usage owners might be able to squeeze a longer day out of it."

To appeal to the phonographers, the ZTE Vital offers a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and a slew of editing options. For the most part, reviewers had no complaints about the overall image sharpness or color accuracy in regular lighting. In bright light, however, PC Mag noticed that light colors got washed out and the camera had difficulty capturing both dark and bright areas.

While the "smart" aspect of the ZTE Vital works well, many reviewers were disappointed with the phone aspect. Reviewers experienced poor signal, tinny voice quality and numerous dropped calls. When connecting to the LTE network, even in areas with good reception, critics were met with sluggish connectivity speeds.

Despite a few issues, most experts had favorable reviews of the ZTE Vital though Phone Arena goes on to say, "Despite being aging, previous flagships…remain more compelling offerings at the same price point."

Reviews (5.1/10 Avg. rating)

Digital Trends

A respectable Android phone with a comfortable design, good screen, and a few standout features

from Digital Trends
The Sprint Vital fits comfortably in with other mid-range Android phones in the $50 – $100 price range. It combines some elements and features found on flagship phones with internal hardware that was high end last year and is now affordable. Call quality and battery life aren’t great, especially compared to competing phones like the Galaxy S3. However, stock Android is a big draw for many customers. Bottom line: the Vital is worth checking out if your budget is tight... Full review

The display, system performance and build quality are all good, but not great

from PhoneArena
ZTE continues to make solid handsets for the budget minded, but their problem is that they just can’t stack up with the big boys. The display, system performance and build quality are all good, but not great, and the Vital takes a serious hit in the phone performance categories... Full review

A decent mid-range phone that faces tough competition

from Engadget

So where does this leave our assessment of the Vital? Overall, it's a pleasant device to use, though it has very few qualities that make it memorable. There's not much about the handset we truly loathe, but mainstream consumers are becoming much more picky about what they carry. On one hand, this particular phone is a great deal for new customers who can grab it for no cost other than the two-year contract.

On the other hand, current subscribers who are stuck with forking out a hundred dollars for a perfectly average ZTE handset may feel otherwise. No matter which hand you consid... Full review

Phone Scoop

A superlative spec list for a surprisingly low price

from Phone Scoop
The ZTE Vital is a bit of a puzzler for me. Though ZTE did a good job with the hardware and design, there are some fundamental functionality issues that concern me. For one, the poor behavior on Sprint's network, the crummy call quality, and the slow data performance. These are all things that modern cell phones should excel at. Instead, the Vital falls below average. Beyond that, the slow performance and random reboots are very troublesome. I saw as many as a dozen in a single day, despite the fact that the Vital was running the latest OS build from Sprint... Full review

Though ZTE's best, not quite good enough

from Cnet
The Sprint Vital has plenty of things going for it, and as far as ZTE is concerned, it is the best U.S. handset they've put out so far. I am particularly impressed with its responsive 5-inch screen and the marked improvements with the camera quality. And at $99.99, it's also marked at a reasonably low price... Full review

Stacked specs, stock Android, shocking price tag

from BGR

A $99 off-brand handset is not supposed to feature a gorgeous 5-inch break-resistant display with HD resolution. It’s also not supposed to include a terrific 13-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, fantastic battery life and stock Jelly Bean. Sprint’s Vital is definitely an outlier.

This is not a phone that will draw any meaningful amount of sales away from the big names. It won’t be propped up by billions of marketing dollars like the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5, and it won’t launch alongside a wave of hype like the HTC One. The Vital might o... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date June 14, 2013
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
1900 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.501 W/kg
Body: 1.315 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
900 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.1 x 1.0 cm
(5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 154 grams
(5.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, Blink detection, Exposure, Anti-banding
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Google Play Store)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sprint Vital, ZTE N9810, Virgin Mobile Supreme

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