It wasn’t so long ago that a fingerprint scanner could be found only in a handful of the most high-end and consequently expensive phones. As a result, very few users could enjoy this option. Today basically all flagship devices are equipped with a fingerprint scanner and it’s slowly making its way to lower tiers of the market becoming available to a much wider audience. The cheapest phone featuring fingerprint sensor was just launched in China by ZTE and it’s priced under $100.
ZTE Blade A1 sub-$100 hone with fingerprint scanner
To be more exact, the device, called Blade A1, will sell for CNY 599 which is approximately $94. No matter how hard you look, you won’t be able to find another smartphone that costs that little and comes with a fingerprint scanner. The company seems to be very proud of the scanner and boasts that it’s capable of unlocking the phone in just 0.3 seconds. Unlike most manufacturers which embed the sensor in home button on the front, ZTE opted to place it on the back panel.
Besides the fingerprint scanner, which is obviously the phone’s main selling point, the Blade A1 comes with a pretty standard set of specs for its price range. The handset’s screen measures 5 inches diagonally and offers 720p resolution, and its 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor clocked at 1.3GHz is paired with 2GB of RAM. Moreover, there is 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 128GB, a 13-megapixel rear and generous 8-megapixel front cameras both with LED flash, LTE connectivity, dual-SIM support and a 2,800 mAh battery. The phone will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop with ZTE’s MiFavor 3.2 on top.
At first glance the Blade A1 resembles the iPhone 5C, but at second glance not so much. The phone measures 142 x 70.2 x 8.9mm and is dressed in glossy plastic available in Smart White, Vibrant Yellow, Dream Green, Cool Blue, and Space Grey.
The handset will go on sale in China on December 11th and will be offered by one of the country’s largest online retailers, JD.com. Interested users can already place reservations to make sure there will be among the first to get their hands on the device. ZTE didn’t reveal whether the phone will arrive to markets other than China, but since a few members of the Blade family could be purchased in Europe in the past, it’s possible that the A1 won’t be exclusive to China.