If you’re a big fan of cutting costs by using prepaid carriers, chances are you like not paying top dollar for a smartphone, either. That’s why prepaid has been a good fit for ZTE — their low-cost phones have been mainstays at prepaid retail locations for years now, and it’s allowed them to quietly become one of the top smartphone brands in the country. That’s all to say it’s not too surprising that their newest phone, the Max XL, is coming to Boost Mobile as an exclusive.
Boost Mobile, a prepaid subsidiary of Sprint, will get this 6″ behemoth. The best thing about this phone is almost certainly going to be the battery life — pair a 3,990 mAh battery with mid-range specs, and you’re going to come away with something that will easily last the day.
That’s not to say that all the specs are lacking. The Max XL has a 1080p IPS display, so streaming movies should look excellent. Granted, a display that good at 6 inches will give the battery a fair amount of work, but we’re thinking the Max XL should still last at least a day.
Otherwise, the Max XL has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset with an octa-core 1.4 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for cards up to 128 GB. With a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera, we’re looking at a solid mid-range performer without any bells and whistles — nothing special like a dual-camera system on the back or a high-powered audio system like we see on ZTE’s more expensive phones, although there is a backside fingerprint sensor.
That doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem, because the ZTE Max XL is priced right at $130. As of today, the Max XL is available from Boost Mobile online.