ZTE Avid Plus launching at T-Mobile on January 20 for $115, MetroPCS release also planned


There hasn’t been a ton of T-Mobile news at CES this year, but ZTE is giving us a little something with the announcement of a new Android phone.

The ZTE Avid Plus will launch at T-Mobile on January 20, with a release on MetroPCS “coming soon.” Pricing will be set at $114.99.

As you might expect, the ZTE Avid Plus has an entry-level spec list to match its price. The Android 5.1 phone has a 5-inch 854×480 display, quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD slot for adding more storage, a 2300mAh battery, as well as 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. The good news is that the Avid Plus includes both 4G LTE (including band 12) and Wi-Fi Calling support.

ZTE’s Avid Plus is the follow-up to the ZTE Avid, a phone that launched at T-Mobile waaaaaay back in 2013. Its spec list isn’t going to blow anyone’s hair back, but at $115, the Avid Pro is another option for folks in the market for an affordable smartphone.

Source: ZTE

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  • Matt

    Yea, this news is underwhelming.

  • George

    The ZMAX is a way better deal than this and it had the longest lasting battery ever.

  • Acdc1a

    Good for the kids…and that’s about it.

  • kgraham182

    A 480p screen is just fine, nobody can tell the difference. /s

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      You absolutely can. 480p has a noticeably grainier look than 720p, and 1080p and up you can’t make out individual pixels at all

      • AS118

        I agree. I can definitely tell the difference between 480p and 720 and 1080. That said, 720’s good enough for me on phones that are 5″ or less.

    • PiCASSiMO

      It’s not that bad. For an ENTRY level phone, 195.93 pixels per inch (PPI) isn’t that horrible. I would have preferred a 225-250 PPI. For those who remember, the T-Mobile G2 (HTC Desire Z) had a screen of 252 PPI. It launched with a $200/2-year contract price that would be equivalent to about a $650 device (or $700+ in today’s dollars). You get what you pay for with $115.



  • SirStephenH

    Definitely a PASS.

  • riverhorse

    Barf! If this is worthy of Plus moniker, then ZTE needs an Avid Extra Primo Good.
    They should outlaw double this spec level: I’ve totally maxed out my 16/2gb LG…ram, system partition, regular partition…I’m pretty sure a 32/4 would barely do.
    As well I now demand 6-7″ screen and usb c.

    This is even worse for poor Metro PCS…starved of new n good models…then this…
    And they keep running commercials featuring the knocked out & soon to be retiring dúo of Cain Velasquez and Ronda Rousey..

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      It’s not like ZTE is ONLY making phones like this. People who can only afford a $100 phone need something to buy too.

      • riverhorse

        That’s a bit steep…í hope folks can find better deal…

  • jpswain

    If you want a computer in your pocket, then You can spend nearly a thousand bucks for it, and spend $120 per year insuring it. If you want a phone in your pocket, then this makes sense.

  • David

    good. I really only need a phone to make calls and make sure it has the capability to support network features like band 12 and wifi calling.
    It’s got all I need. Doesn’t make sense to buy those 6,7 hundred dollar phones.

  • Bklynman

    ZTE,makes better phones than this,why does Tmobile always goes for the lesser phones? I am not saying that they shouldn’t sell phones in the $75.00-$100. range,
    but why not sell the higher models ZTE,makes also? You can still buy Zmax at Walmart
    $129.00 brand new,while Tmobile sell rebur.ones $149.00,which I don’t understand that.