Specs summary

Screen
6"

The ZTE ZMAX Pro's screen is 6 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
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 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3400 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 1500 minutes (2G).



Owning a cheap phone no longer means you’re getting a cheap phone, that’s just not the case anymore after checking out the ZTE ZMAX Pro.

- John Velasco , Android Authority 

The ZTE ZMax Pro is a budget phablet like no other. It boasts a compelling design, a strong spec sheet, and an impressively low price point.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

6.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 8 reviews

What's good  

  • Great price
  • Plenty of storage space
  • microSD card support
  • All-day battery life
  • Mostly stock Android experience

What's bad  

  • Inconsistent camera performance
  • No NFC support
  • Hard to use one-handed
  • Poor color accuracy on display
  • Limited availability and carrier support

ZTE has consistently challenged market expectations with their handsets, pairing affordable prices with surprisingly capable phones. With the ZMAX Pro, ZTE goes big--both on size and discounts. But can a $100 phablet really be worth owning?

We’ve dug through the reviews from the leading sites on the Internet so you don’t have to! Let’s see what people are saying!

With a 6-inch display, there’s only so much you can do to keep the phone small. Fortunately, reviewers were universally happy with the phone’s design. While the shell is plastic, no reviews mentioned issues with flexing, noise or durability concerns. Many also praised the matte rear cover for its grippy texture and classy appearance. PC Magazine noted, “One-handed use is pretty much impossible, but that's to be expected with a screen this big. There's a curved, soft-touch back panel that helps make the phone easier to hold.”

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Heading around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 6-inch 1080p display. The TFT LCD received good marks for brightness and clarity, though many reviews noted an obvious blue tint to most images. Most reviews praised the viewing angles and had no issue with seeing the large screen in direct sunlight. Digital Trends said, “I could see the pixels if I squinted a bit; but no app, photo, or video ever had that “blurry mess” quality that rears its ugly head on low-resolution displays.”

Performance reviews were decent from the phone’s octa-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon 617 processor. Android Authority put the phone through a week of use and found, “it suffices for the basic stuff, but it’s not suited to do more intensive operations – gaming in particular, where it exhibits too much choppiness for it to be a candidate.” Reviews also noted that the 2GB of RAM does pose problems for heavy multitasking.

The phone runs a mostly-stock version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. There’s 32GB of internal storage to hold your games, apps and media. If you need more space, the microSD card slot supports cards up to 256GB. Unlike many carrier-branded phones, reviewers found minimal bloatware on the device. Phonescoop said, “The phone has 22.5 GB of storage available to users and it supports memory cards, so you're in good shape.”

The phone’s 3400mAh battery is sealed--so you can’t swap batteries if you run low on power. Quick Charge 2.0 support does help to speed up top-offs when needed. However, reviews on battery life were outstanding. Android Authority noted, “We’re able to get through a solid 2 days of battery life – and even into the start of a third day. Using the included USB Type-C charger, it takes approximately 125 minutes to fully recharge its battery.”

Unfortunately, while ZTE appears to have struck a nice balance with most features, the camera reviews were lackluster at best. Reviews indicate that while the rear-facing 13MP camera focuses quickly, shots show inconsistent exposure and lack detail. The front-facing 5MP lens had similar issues. Digital Trends tested the cameras and declared, “Beyond Facebook, Instagram, and perhaps the occasional text message, I’d be hesitant to depend on The ZMax Pro’s camera day-to-day.”

However, the phone does include two features that aren’t typically found at this price point--a fingerprint scanner and USB-C support. PC Magazine tested the scanner and said, “It's [at] a natural resting point for your index finger, though the scanner itself isn't the fastest. It takes about two seconds to register your finger, wake the screen, and unlock the phone.”

Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t include NFC, so don’t expect to tap into the fingerprint scanner for mobile payments or other handy services.

Overall, if you’re not looking for a phone with an exceptional camera, reviews on the ZMAX Pro are good. Phonescoop summed up opinions well, saying, “The ZTE ZMax Pro is a budget phablet like no other. It boasts a compelling design, a strong spec sheet, and an impressively low price point. MetroPCS customers would be hard-pressed to find a better bargain than the ZMax Pro.”


Reviews (6.4/10 Avg. rating)


GreenBot

A budget-friendly behemoth of a smartphone

from GreenBot
While the ZMax Pro performance meets the minimum expectations of a $179 smartphone, it doesn't do anything to go beyond that. In other words, this is a budget phone where I felt like you are getting what you pay for. Unlike the similarly-priced Moto G4 line, where at the end of the day you kind of feel like you ripped Motorola off by paying so little for a phone with performance that exceeds its price tag... Full review
Pocketnow

Cheap doesn’t always mean cheap

from Pocketnow
We came away very impressed with the ZMAX Pro. Don’t mistake, this is not the most powerful phone on the market. Standing toe-to-toe with A Note 7 or HTC 10, this phone will lose in almost every category. But it won’t lose by much. And have I mentioned it’s $99 dollars? There are plenty of worse options out there at that price point, but we can’t think of a single better one. If not for the Metro PCS part, this would be a solid contender for our daily driver... Full review
Digital Trends

An outstanding Android phone

from Digital Trends
ZTE’s ZMax Pro is the most uncompromising budget phone in its price range. It’s disruptive. That’s not to put the Pro on a pedestal. The little niggles add up: the cameras aren’t nearly as good as the competition. The omission of NFC is inexcusable. Performance isn’t top of the line, and the navigation buttons are oddly configured... Full review
Android Authority

Decent specs for its price

from Android Authority
BOTTOM LINEYou might think a $100 smartphone won't deliver much but with the ZTE Z Max Pro, you'd be surprised at just how much smartphone you get for your money. There's definitely compromises and you have to be on MetroPCS to enjoy it but this is certainly a smartphone worth another look if your budget is tight... Full review
Phone Scoop

A hell of a good value

from Phone Scoop
The ZMax Pro has an attractive design, good screen, solid wireless performance, and excellent battery life. The hardware is well put together. The Android software is powerful and runs well enough on the ZMax Pro. The camera app isn't the quickest I've seen, but the phone does a fine job in capturing usable pictures. On the negative side, I wish the fingerprint reader were most consistent... Full review
G Style Magazine

It's a killer phone for $99

from G Style Magazine
I won’t lie when I first heard the price of $99 I didn’t expect this much out the box. But for a user of various Android devices you get a great deal. Huge battery, adequate camera, nice processor and massive display all bundled into one... Full review
PC Magazine

Offers lots solid value for its low price

from PC Magazine
With high-end phones often commanding sky-high prices, you'd probably expect a $100 phone to be an ugly hunk of plastic with a washed-out screen, underwhelming performance, and few features. But the ZTE Zmax Pro proves otherwise, with a high-quality build, a 6-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, and even a fingerprint sensor for just $99.99... Full review
Kimmy

I loved it!!! It was my favorite phone ever!...until...

I just got my ZTE Zmax Pro at Christmas, its now only Feb 22, and I already have a problem! I went to bed, it worked perfectly fine, I wake up the next morning, it won't do ANYTHING! I tried all types of tricks, and still nothing! I am very disappointed in ZTE, my last ZTE phone would turn on and... More

<p>I just got my ZTE Zmax Pro at Christmas, its now only Feb 22, and I already have a problem! I went to bed, it worked perfectly fine, I wake up the next morning, it won't do ANYTHING! I tried all types of tricks, and still nothing! I am very disappointed in ZTE, my last ZTE phone would turn on and turn right back off! I LOVED the ZTE Z Max Pro! Absolutely LOVED it...until now! All that money gone! All my pics, music, files, EVERYTHING...GONE!<br></p>

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