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ZTE Grand X Max +, the Phablet for the Masses

LAS VEGAS—Not everyone can afford to pay full freight for an iPhone 6 Plus or Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Enter the ZTE Grand X Max +, a 6-inch phablet being offered through Cricket for just $199.

Available starting Friday, January 9, the Grand X Max + is designed for those who will use their smartphone for most of their computing needs.

Compared to other phablets, the Grand X Max +’s specs are modest. While 6 inches in size, its LCD display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, far below the Note 4’s 2560 x 1440-pixel screen. The Grand X Max is powered by an older 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. 

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However, it does have a 13-MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The latter shooter sports a wide angle 88-degree lens, the better for taking group selfies.

Measuring 6.38 x 3.27 x 0.31 inches and weighing 6.06 ounces, the Grand X Max + is just as bulky to hold as other phablets, but is thinner and lighter than the Note 4 (6.0 x 3.1 x 0.33 inches and 6.21 ounces). The iPhone 6 Plus, which also has a smaller 5.5-inch display, measures 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches and weighs a similar 6.07 ounces, but it has a metal design, unlike the plastic Grand X Max +.

ZTE rates the Max’ 3200 mAh battery for up to 6.5 hours of talk time.

The Grand X Max + may not lighten the pockets of Cricket Wireless customers looking for a phablet, but it won’t lighten their wallets, either.