With a 4.3″ display and 1GHz processor, the ZTE Warp is Boost Mobile’s new flagship phone. It’s also quite a steal at $199. The Android smartphone running Gingerbread 2.3.5 is packing in a WVGA display with a 480 x 800 resolution.
We got a hands-on with the ZTE Warp and were impressed with how lightweight the device, weighing in at 4.9oz, felt despite its big display. The display happens to be quite nice as it’s colorful and bright. Overall, the build quality of the device feels pretty solid too but also a bit plasticky. The ZTE Warp also sports a 5MP rear-racing camera with an LED Flash.
Under the hood the device is packing in 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built in storage, plus a 2GB microSD card is included in the box, but you can add up-to an additional 32GB. Performance on the device felt generally smooth and responsive.
Boost Mobile has preloaded the device with the option to instantly install Mobile ID packs which provide specialized themed apps, wallpaper and widget bundles from the likes of MTV Music. These Mobile IDs help offer more customization and personality over stock Android.
ZTE is not a well known brand in the U.S.A., but this is actually their third Android phone in the U.S. They have previously produced Android phones for both Sprint and AT&T, with the latter being the AT&T Avail.
Is the ZTE Warp a high-end Android device that can join the ranks of the likes of the Motorola Droid RAZR, HTC Rezound or Galaxy S II? No. But while the ZTE Warp lacks a front-facing camera and dual-core processor, at this price for a contract-free phone, the ZTE Warp doesn’t disappoint.
Boost Mobile’s killer contract-free rate plan for the ZTE Warp is its $55 Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinkage, which includes unlimited talk, text and data. Boost Mobile Shrinkage plans reward customers for making payments on time. The way it works is that the more on-time payments a customer makes, the more their bills will shrink over time. In a matter of 18 months, customers can end up paying as little as $40 a month for the $55 a month unlimited plan. All in all, in a market where so many smartphones cost $199 on contract, the ZTE Warp offers an impressive option to Boost Mobile users, and it may even entice some new customers to jump ship to Boost Mobile.