ZTE Concord II on its way to T-Mobile and Metro PCS, features 4-inch display, 5MP camera


Over the past couple of years a couple of Chinese brands have emerged from the darkness of manufacturing handsets for other brands, and instead producing phones with their own moniker stamped on the shell. One of those brands, ZTE, is set to launch and Android-powered phone on T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

The Concord II smartphone is equipped with a 4-inch, 800×480 resolution display and a 5MP camera sensor. Powering this low-end device is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB storage. To keep it running all day, it’s also fitted with a 1820mAh battery.


Software is virtually stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with tweaks made to a few of the app icons, but very little other custom skinning.

It’s supposedly available for $0 down from T-Mobile.com from today, but I’m yet to see any evidence of the device on the online store. MetroPCS launch is slated for May 19th. I’ll update the post if/when the phone appears on the store.

Source: ZTE

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  • Why on Earth would you choose something like this over a Moto E? Granted ZTE didn’t know about the E when they were developing this thing but unless it’s well under $100 it’s completely irrelevant.

    Edit: I guess it does have a replaceable battery which the E does not, but as much as I’m a fan of that feature I would pick the E any day of the week.

    • Mike

      This phone will likely be at the 79-99 price point. The Concord 1 is $49.99 at Walmart for their Family Mobile plan. The Concord 2 is also packed with drop resistance if you were to look up the specs. They’ve tested this to still work fine after 50+ drops onto concrete from 1.5 meters up. It is also targeted towards lower income audiences as well as people who just aren’t that into phones and still want to be somewhat up to date- as it does do about everything the others do without additional features and high speed.

  • S. Ali

    I wish T-Mobile would stop adding these junk phones, especially since the Moto G and Moto E are available with guaranteed updates.

    • chris

      Some people just want a phone and dont care about specs. It may not be targeted at you but for people who dont want to spend alot and just want a phone its a perfect option.

  • Paul Garrison

    It gives people a choice, especially those that have lower income.

  • goma

    Tmobile can come up with any phones they like, if you dont like it, then you dont have to get it…some people may like this low-end devices coz they might not have an income like you guys do…its an option people smh…

  • JayMo86

    Any reason why galaxy s5 “Hot Topics” link doesn’t work???

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  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    If this little thing is under $100 and has LTE it may not be a bad option but no LTE no go. I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 ft pole. I love my Nexus 5 six months after getting it.

    • Decalex

      I, too, am a fan of Nexus 5.

      • None

        I was too until they stopped updating my G’nex (even though the latest version of Android is optimized for less powerful phones)–BS

  • JMF_mobile

    I think there are already enough high-end and low-end phones. T-mobile needs more mid range options like the Nexus 5 and LG 2. Why they don’t offer the Motorola Moto X and G even is beyond me. I ended up ordering a GSM unlocked Moto X directly from Motorola and absolutely love it.