Pricey flagship smartphones always seem to command all the media’s attention, but something huge happened in 2016 that most tech sites aren’t talking about. While prices for premium phones reached an all-time high, a major shift was happening at entry-level and mid-tier price points. Here’s the secret the big-name smartphone makers don’t want you to know: For everyday tasks like using standard apps and streaming video to your device, there is now no discernible difference between an $800 phone and a $200 phone.
In fact, you don’t even need to spend $200 anymore to enjoy a world-class smartphone experience.
Meet the ZTE Grand X 4, one of the unsung heroes of the smartphone market in 2016. What’s so special about the Grand X 4? Well, just about everything.
With the Grand X 4, ZTE sought to take the high-quality smartphone experience people enjoy these days on pricey flagship phones, and bring it to a handset available at an impossibly low price point. Mission: accomplished. The ZTE Grand X 4 packs specs that we’re used to seeing in much more expensive smartphones, making a fast and smooth smartphone experience accessible to anyone.
Starting with the front of the phone, the ZTE Grand X 4 features a big, bright display that measures 5.5 inches diagonally and features HD resolution (1280 x 720). That means the screen is the same size as the one on the iPhone 7 Plus, and it sports the same resolution as the iPhone 7. This big, bright display is perfect for streaming Netflix shows or YouTube videos. The screen is also complemented by speakers that offer Dolby premium sound, creating a cinematic experience that users are going to love.
Powering Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on the Grand X 4 is a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU that will have you hopping from each app to the next with no delay whatsoever. 4G LTE compatibility means you can take also advantage of the fast data speeds available on the Cricket wireless network, thus helping to ensure there are no hiccups while you stream music with Spotify or HD video with HBO Go.
16GB of internal storage takes care of all your apps and basic media, and then the Grand X 4 supports microSD cards up to 64GB for people who like to store HD media files and high-quality photos. And speaking of HD media files and high-quality photos, the 13-megapixel HDR camera on the back of the phone captures stunning pictures you’ll be proud to share on social media, as well as beautiful 1080p full HD videos that make you feel like you’re reliving the action as you watch them. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera around front for high-quality selfies.
Afraid all these powerful features might be a drain on the phone’s battery? Somehow, ZTE managed to pack a massive 3140 mAh battery into this sleek, compact phablet. The battery is big enough to keep the Grand X 4 running for well over a full day of use. In fact, the battery is so big that ZTE says it can power the phone for up to 715 in standby mode… that’s a full month!
There are several additional features on the ZTE Grand X 4 that users might expect to find on high-priced premium phones, but certainly not on such an affordable device. For example, there’s a fingerprint scanner integrated into the back of the Grand X 4 that provides a way to unlock the phone almost instantly without sacrificing security. There’s also a built-in heart rate monitor so users can see how effective their workouts are.
With the Grand X 4, ZTE has done something that some of the biggest names in the industry cannot or will not do. The company has created a device that offers a premium smartphone experience at a rock bottom price: $129.99. No other smartphone in the US can match the Grand X 4 at even twice the price, making this sleek Android phone a perfect gift for anyone this holiday season.
This sponsored article is presented by ZTE’s Grand X 4 smartphone.