Review: ZTE Blade X MAX for Cricket Wireless
ZTE knows how to make inexpensive phones that deliver an enjoyable experience. The Blade X Max is the latest example of the company's philosophy of providing big handsets that work well at affordable prices.
The X Max has a massive screen that looks great. I wish the phone were somewhat easier to get a grip on; Its oversized chassis is a handful, though the glass is of high quality and the blue rear panel looks fantastic. The X Max is a solid wireless performer when it comes to data and calls, and pushes through a full day on a single charge without breaking a sweat. These basics are all well under control.
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I appreciate that ZTE and Cricket Wireless took a step back with the software. The almost-stock build of Android flows well and offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to personalizing the device and making it your own. My biggest software complaint is the camera, which too often launches in selfie mode. The phone takes fine photos.
At $150, the ZTE X Max is an absolute steal. What's better? Cricket will sell you the Blade X Max for $99 if you port your number from a competitor. At either price, the ZTE Blade X Max is hard to beat.
May 11, 2017
Cricket Wireless today added the ZTE Blade X Max to its roster of inexpensive Android smartphones, marking the debut of ZTE's Blade line with the prepaid carrier. The Blade X Max has a 6-inch full HD display and it is powered by a 1.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
ZTE is looking to the Blade Max View, an inexpensive Android phone with a huge screen and a massive battery, to help it regain its place in the U.S. market.
Nov 20, 2017
Cricket Wireless is offering a number of free and discounted smartphones starting today. New customers who port in their number can snag either the LG Fortune or ZTE Overture 3 for free with an accompanying service plan.
Sep 24, 2018
The FCC today revealed the ZTE Blade X2 Max in documents made public on the agency's website. The phone, a follow-up to the Blade X Max, appears to be bound for Cricket Wireless based on branding seen on the user manual and AT&T LTE banding (14/30).
Oct 31, 2018
ZTE is taking its first, cautious steps in staging a comeback in the U.S. market with two entry-level phones that can run on Sprint, Verizon, and GSM networks.