ZTE Obsidian launching on August 13 with Android 5.1, $99.99 price tag


We’ve seen quite a few affordable devices introduced for T-Mobile lately, like the HTC Desire 626s, Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and the Kyocera Hydro Wave. Now ZTE’s got an affordable Android of its own.

The ZTE Obsidian will launch at T-Mobile on August 13. Pricing will be set at $0 down and 24 payments of $4.17 each, or $99.99 full price. In exchange for your hundred dollar bill, you’ll get an Android 5.1 smartphone with a 4.5-inch 854×480 display, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, 1GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a microSD slot, and an 1800mAh battery.

The Obsidian is a low-cost smartphone, and most of its specs reflect that, but it is nice to see that the phone comes with Android 5.1 out of the box rather than 5.0 or even 4.4. And hey, if you value one-handed use above all else, the Obsidian’s 4.5-inch display could make it an attractive option for your next smartphone. Side note: Remember when smartphones with 4-inch displays were considered huge?

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Acdc1a

    This $100 price point is the way that T-Mobile is going to continue to grow. I’m not sure how I feel about this particular handset…but the price point is spot on.

    • maximus1901

      1GB. Ram is horrible. Wife has moto g lte 1gn ram and on 5.1 it’s horribly laggy

      • Ordeith

        That’s one (of many) Android issues.

      • gmo8492

        I still haven’t gotten the Lollipop update on my Moto G LTE. I’ve been checking for updates since it was released in July. Looks like I’ll just avoid updating instead since my Moto G runs flawlessly on 4.4.4 Kitkat then.

  • steveb944

    Wow, that’s awesome.

    LTE bands 2, 4, 12 too!

    • kenneth arnold

      Lumia 640 has those folks really should try windows phone

      • RLB63

        Plus Windows OS. Which kills it for a LOT of people.

        • Ordeith

          And makes it an even better option for those that can be open minded or aren’t stuck in the Google flypaper, or are just fed up with all of Android’s issues and want something fresh.

      • itguy08

        Why? So they can experience the FUGLY tiles? The lack of apps? The lack of accessories? The impending orphanage of the OS?

  • maximus1901

    I get we have to have advertisements but why so many blackberry ones?
    Can we get some variety?

  • francob911 .

    Im STILL waiting on my band 12 update on the ZTE ZMAX ! Does anyone know if its ever comming out?

  • steven berson

    Very reasonable for someone that wants to get a basic smartphone and get lte for a low price.

  • Ordeith

    That’s terrible. you can get the Lumia 640 for less, and it is much more phone. (5″ 720p ClearBlack, 8GB/1GB, 8mp, 2500mAh, $80)

    • itguy08

      Yes, but the OS, Windows Phone is garbage and soon to be an orphan. At least with this you can get apps for it.

      • Ordeith

        Android is garbage, especially on the hardware mentioned here. Windows phone runs circles around it, is far more stable and secure, and has plenty of apps.
        You should try using it before you get all dismissive.

        • RLB63

          I have used Windows since 3.0. I liked the Windows PDAs. However I hate the current Windows os for phones. You like it great for you. Just don’t try to force it down out throats. It wouldn’t be such a low level of usage of it was better for more of the population.

        • Ordeith

          It wouldn’t be such a low level of usage if the carrier environment wasn’t so hostile in the US. Windows Phone is ahead of iOS in many markets and it’s share is greater than the PC share of OSx in Europe. Because it is plenty good, and a much better choice than Android for all but the most masochistic of users.

        • kenneth arnold

          Sales will never be an indicator of quality

        • itguy08

          I’ll agree Android is garbage. But I’ve used it on a low end phone like this (LG Optimus F3) and it was a passable experience. The only thing wrong with it was it had a small amount of usable storage for apps internally.

          And Windows Phone is FUGLY and a mess. The tiles are a turn off for most as evidenced by even MS doing a backpedal with Windows 10. Apps for the platform, if they exist, are a rare afterthought.

          Glad you like it. But a great OS it isn’t. Even giving it away, MS has failed to make any meaningful headway. They are going to pull the plug on it soon.

          Sorry if the truth hurts but the facts are the facts and Windows Phone is a failure.

        • Ordeith

          It’s ahead of iOS in 27 markets, and has a 10% share across Europe. Sorry if the truth hurts, but Windows Phone is doing alright for itself.

          100 million WP users and counting :).

        • itguy08

          LOL. Put the crack pipe down.

          According to IDC, Windows Phone has a 2.7% marketshare in the world. Linky here: http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp

          If WP is doing alright why is MS pulling the plug on Nokia? Why are they pulling developers from it? It’s going to be done in 2 years tops.

        • Ordeith

          Did I say world wide? no.. I didn’t think so. Try again.

          And to answer your idiotic “questions”
          They aren’t. There are two high end devices with Windows 10 on the way this fall, more in the spring, including an x86 super phone with continuum that is basically a computer in your pocket. All with continuum, all with USB3 and miracast.

          They aren’t. They are bringing developers in. They just open sourced project islandwood which will allow Windows to run iOS apps, they have project Astoria which will allow Windows to natively run Android apps, and they have their Universal app model with responsive apps that run on any device and form factor Windows 10 is available on.

          your information is incorrect and outdated.

        • I like Windows phone too, but you may be the only person to think it is “doing alright”. Let’s hope Windows 10 helps.

        • fencepost

          If not for the app situation, my Lumia 640 would likely be my daily driver. The tiles are actually pretty handy, particularly the fact that you can effectively have I believe 5 different sizes capable of displaying information, though at the smallest it’s just a number if that. (Sizes: 2×1, 1×1, 1/4×1/4 plus 1×1 or 1/4×1/4 folders showing varying sizes of content thumbnails).

          It’s kind of nice, I can have everything I use regularly on a single screen, with info on the tiles as well.

    • kenneth arnold

      And android will not run even halfway on 1ghz

  • Avrohom

    Real details needed. Does this have a working band 12. Does it get a good signal, can one get the RAM upgraded or does it stick with 1gb. Information is more useful to readers than mud-slinging between systems.

  • resource

    I like this size. Great phone for the parents, except no HD voice…

    I wouldn’t mind a phone this size, if it had 720/1080P resolution and high-end specs.
    Cmon Sony Z5 compact, work with T-Mo!

  • gmo8492

    I recommend getting the Moto E 2nd generation with full 4G LTE support on all of T-Mobile’s current LTE bands. It has 8GB of storage and a micro SD card slot for $99 on amazon. One of the better budget android phones you can get with near stock android.

    • thepanttherlady

      It doesn’t have Band 12.

      • fencepost

        That’s not a factor for everyone – for example, nobody in the Chicagoland area currently cares about Band 12 and probably won’t for quite some time if ever.

        • People in Chicago never travel to NY or LA? ;)

        • fencepost

          Eh, not often enough for coverage there to be a deciding factor on a phone. I think last time I was in NY I was carrying a T68i.

      • gmo8492

        Um model #XT1527 actually does have band 12 support, the Global 4G model and the 1st gen model respectively don’t support it. That’s why I highly recommend it, you just have to make sure you get the model number I just mentioned. It should be called Moto G 4G LTE on most sites.

  • senseii

    Yet another 1gb ram 4gb of rom disaster, can we just stop making things below 16gb please? Thanks.

    • Ordeith

      I’ve been ok on devices with 8GB + SD card, at least with operating systems that properly support it. The expanded storage is nice.