Chinese manufacturer ZTE is the 4th manufacturer in the US, following in the footsteps of such big names as Apple, Samsung and LG. When it comes to phones destined for prepaid market, however, the company is doing even better occupying the third place. Speaking of prepaid phones, ZTE’s portfolio just got enriched with two new Android devices. Earlier today the company announced the ZTE Maven for AT&T GoPhone and ZTE Sonata 2 for Cricket.
The ZTE Maven and ZTE Sonata are affordable offerings aimed at less demanding users. The ZTE Maven for AT&T GoPhone is priced at $59.99 and the Sonata 2 at just $29.99 is even more budget-friendly. Of course, since both, GoPhone and Cricket, are prepaid brands, neither phone requires contract.
ZTE Maven for AT&T GoPhone
The ZTE Maven is a pretty compact device offering a 4.5-inch screen with 480×854 resolution, 5-megapixel main camera and VGA front-facing sensor. The phone comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB via microSD slot. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and supports 4G LTE connectivity.
Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2,100 mAh non-removable battery which should be good for up to 10 hours of talk time or up to 15 days of standby time. ZTE Maven will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.
ZTE Sonata 2 for Cricket
The ZTE Sonata 2 is a follow-up to the ZTE Sonata which was also offered by Cricket and turned out to be a popular device among customers. The 2nd generation is similar to the original but brings some improvements to the table.
The Sonata 2 sports a 4-inch WVGA screen protected by Dragontrail Glass and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. RAM is set at 1GB and there is just 4GB of built-in storage but luckily the phone also has a microSD slot which supports up to 32GB cards. Other key features include a 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel selfie shooter, 4G connectivity, a 1,650 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Both phones introduced today are obviously a far cry from the likes of the Galaxy S6 or LG G4, but when you consider specs to price ratio, it becomes clear that both are pretty decent offerings. You can’t really ask for more from a cheap phone for under $30 or $60 without contract. The ZTE Maven and Sonata 2 are available starting today from AT&T and Cricket, respectively.