Rumored ZTE “Olympia” officially unveiled as ZTE ZMAX

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T-Mobile and ZTE have confirmed the existence of a budget-friendly phablet. Dubbed ZMAX, it’ll be available from September 24th and will cost just $252 (or $10.50 per month on EIP with $0 down).

Apart from having a name that takes me back to the days of DROID MAXX, EPIC 4G and Thunderbolt, the ZMAX boasts some impressive specs for the price. It has the 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB RAM, a 720p 5.7-inch LCD display, 8MP camera with 1080p video capture and a 1.6MP front facing camera. It also has an awesome 3,400mAh battery and comes loaded with Android 4.4.2.

Now I’m yet to use one in person, but the similarly specced HTC Desire 816 is one of my favorite phones of the year, and we should never underestimate the modern midrange phones equipped with a Snapdragon 400 chip. They can be impressive. Whether ZTE has managed to get the best out of it is yet to be seen. T-Mo’s official spec page shows the device as being compatible with LTE bands 2, 4 and 7. UPDATE: PhoneScoop’s spec page includes Band 12 as supported network. And it showed up in the FCC filing.

One question I do have: Is this the “Olympia” device we heard so much about this year? A lot of the specs line up with what we heard about the phone from our sources, even if its name doesn’t. The device is identical to the early leaks too. All we need now is to see if the “Z970” model number appears somewhere on the packaging since it’s not mentioned anywhere currently. That is unless the company opted for a different name after our big reveal…

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  • jaxpon

    And band 12

    GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz – UMTS/HSPA: 850/AWS/1900/2100MHZ – LTE CAT 3/4: B2/B4/B7/B12/B17 – See more at: http://www.zteusa.com

  • A$AP Chris

    For $252, it’s going to be hard to pass this up even just as a backup phone.

  • Stone Cold

    Doesn’t it need band 12 for LTE?

    • Michael

      Band 12 is only for T-Mobile’s 700MHz LTE spectrum. T-Mobile also has Band 2 and 4 which is also LTE but runs on 1900MHz and 1700/2100MHz respectively.

      • Stone Cold

        Thanks

    • DD

      It HAS band 12. Look at tjhe ZTEUSA dot com site

      • Luke

        Frequencies

        GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz – UMTS/HSPA: 850/AWS/1900/2100MHZ – LTE CAT 3/4: B2/B4/B7/B12

        • S. Ali

          Not listed on Tmobile

        • dude

          ZTEUSA dot com

  • Verizonthunder

    This is perfect for people on a budget

  • DD

    This HAS band 12 ! Frequencies

    GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz – UMTS/HSPA: 850/AWS/1900/2100MHZ – LTE CAT 3/4: B2/B4/B7/B12

    • S. Ali

      Tmobile doesn’t have band 12 listed on their site

      • SS AALI

        Go to the ZTE website

      • Qwester

        LTE Band 12:

        http://www.androidheadlines dot com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ZTE-ZMax-Spec-Sheet-2.jpg

  • DD
  • DD

    ZTE ZMAX™

    Z970

  • iphony

    At least the spec are better than iphony 6.lol

  • The future is here! Mid range spec’d phones for a low price! Just fine for most TMO users. The savings continue. No need to get a warranty for breakage or theft on a $250 device. Also – WI-FI calling enabled. I will likely pick one up for a family member still on a Samsung S3.

    • Bklynman

      Let remember not everyone is bless,to get new phone due to loss or if they break it. Most people only know one place to get a new phone,that is with their carrier, be it Tmo,or one of the other cell company. Some people $250 is still lot of money,(please don’t take this that I am putting what you wrote down, am not doing that.)Still don’t know why Tmo stop selling
      F3 and the F6, when Metro is still selling the F6,for less than $100. Last time I look. I know what you mean,why waste money,for ins.or warranty for a phone at this price point. You have very good point. I will like to see how this phone will effect Tmo prices,for all there other phones now.

  • VG

    And the Rollout of Band 12 capable phones begins! Very exciting. I have a feeling all those people who purchased the iPhone 6+ will be returning them in October when the Note 4 comes out! Assuming, of course, the Note 4 really does support Band 12 as previously rumored,

    • nat x

      any rumors for the Galaxy S6 supporting band 12?

      • VG

        Too early, but if the Note 4 supports Band 12, then I’m 100% sure the T-Mobile version of the next Galaxy will have it.

        • MastarPete

          You’d think the S6 will have band 12 but we are talking about the same company that, in the US, hasn’t offered more than 16gb of on-board storage in their flagship phone since the S3.
          I wouldn’t put it past them to shoot themselves in the foot like that.
          lol

        • TMOguy

          You do realize the Note 3 has 32gb of on-board storage?

        • MastarPete

          yes, and the fact that Samsung bumped the Note line to 32gb minimum gave me hope that they would have done the same for the S5, since the S4 16gb model was half full, new out of the box.

          I am not drawn to massive phablet sized screens enough to go with a Note JUST to get 32gb internal storage. IMO, the LG G3 is kinda pushing it but I seriously considered it because its the only other option with 32gb on board, removable battery and SD slot, in the end the reviews and lack of band 12 kept me away.

        • twicetheprice
  • J.R. Vasquez

    This will be a BIG hit on TMo! See what I did there? ;)

  • Oliver Jackson

    It even has the battery that should’ ve been in the Note 4

    • skittle

      That’s pretty good since you don’t have either phone to evaluate the batteries :)

  • This is a GREAT device!! The price is just right for those on a budget. It’s not lacking anything @ all. It’s up to date on the OS, has better specs than the iPhone, and is really a nice looking device. Plus, it has a BIG screen. I don’t know about you, but I like big equipment.

  • chris

    ill just wait for the Note 4 !!!

  • qwester

    LTE Band 12 baby !!!!!

    http://www.androidheadlines dot com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ZTE-ZMax-Spec-Sheet-2.jpg

  • J.J.

    Solid!!

  • skittle

    Its nice to see more affordable phones with enough power and feature to satisfy many people who want a larger screen ect. without having to drop $500 or $600.

    • Richard Finzel

      Its still a ZTE…. cant really compare it with major retail brands. It is likely not to be as fast or as streamlined as a comprable samsung, lg, or even motorola phone.

      • steveb944

        At least it has a real processor and not crappy Mediatek

  • Bklynman

    Why buy it now? Buy from Tmo?, See if Best Buy,HSN,QVC,Wal Mart,more than likely have it better price within couple of months,why buy now? Wait for the reviews.see what others say about it. Heck,with all the new phones that will be coming out between now and Jan,I am the price will drop by at least $50. If you can,wait until then. Yes if you must know,thinking about getting one myself,I have good luck with there hotspots,both 4g one and the new LTE one,got off of ebay.

  • randomnerd_number38

    Hey Cam, the model number is confirmed in this hands on video at the 2:40 mark …
    youtube dot com/watch?v=rFcdHhQ-09g

  • philipr144

    I love the phone. Camera is sub par but everything else is great. I’m getting rid of my s4 to use this phone daily.