There is never a quiet moment in the budget smartphone market, as the newest device from the Chinese OEM, ZTE, has just become available, the ZTE Grand X3. The Grand X3 was originally announces at CES 2016 and techies scrambled to get some hands on time with it. Now it’s out for grabs if you’re a Cricket costumer, and at $129, it seems like a good deal.
Spec wise, nothing jumps off of the paper; it has a 5.5 inch TFT LDC display at 720p, which is good for 267 ppi. It’s powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 212 SoC clocked at 1.3 gigahertz made up of four ARM cortex A7 cores. It’s backed up by 2 gigabytes of RAM. Along with the processor is the Adreno 304 GPU. The camera package consists of an 8 megapixel shooter with an LED flash along with a 2 megapixel front facing shooter. Features include autofocus, HDR, and Panorama. It’s good for 720p video capture at 30 fps. It has 16 gigabytes of on board storage that’s expandable up to 64 gigabytes. The battery is a generous 3000 mAhs, and is chargable through its USB type C port. All of this is running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
This is an entry device through and through, so don’t expect any bells or whistles. Its main selling point is its price, and if you are a first time Cricket costumer who’s porting a line from a competition, you can get it for $50 off. If you’re looking for a phone to get you through the basic tasks like texting, social media, and light gaming that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, then the ZTE X3 is a good option for you. Just remember that it’s a Cricket exclusive.