ZTE ZMAX Pro reportedly coming to T-Mobile with 6-inch display


After launching the original ZTE ZMAX in 2014, T-Mobile decided to pass on its successor, which is being sold by AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone brand. According to a new report, though, the ZMAX name will be making a return to T-Mobile this year.

The ZTE ZMAX Pro will launch this summer, according to a VentureBeat report, and it’s going to arrive at T-Mobile. The ZTE ZMAX Pro is expected to be the largest ZMAX model yet, boasting a 6-inch 1920×1080 display. To compare, the original ZMAX has a 5.7-inch screen, while the ZMAX 2 has a 5.5-inch display.

Also expected to be included with the ZMAX Pro is an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Also of note is that the ZMAX Pro will reportedly come equipped with a fingerprint reader on its backside. Software-wise, we’re told to expect Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

No pricing details for the ZMAX Pro are available, but given its rumored spec list, it should be priced as a mid-range phone. If that’s the case, the ZMAX Pro could be a compelling option for folks looking for a more affordable Android smartphone thanks to features like a 13-megapixel camera, 1920×1080 display, and fingerprint reader. They’ll just have to be cool with that smartphone having a 6-inch screen, too.

Source: VentureBeat

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  • Hmm…

  • Verizonthunder

    I’ll guess pricing to be $299.99

    • riverhorse

      On Metro maybe… thereabouts or $249

      • Matt

        I’m thinking maybe 199.99 on metro. At least, I hope so!

        • riverhorse

          After 1/2/3 months we would see it at $149, maybe even $99… what the original Zmax went down to. The LG Stylo began at $249, now at $149, I think.
          If it comes to Metro I’ll buy it, even the v10 if it comes.
          I need to upgrade at a non flagship price…because anyway, they’re making the flagships too small these days.
          The best we have to look forward to is the Note 6 @ 5.75″ & kazillion dollars.

        • Matt

          I’ll probably upgrade from the Stylo to the ZMAX PRO. I’m very unhappy with Marshmallow on the Stylo. I have to charge it twice a day.

        • riverhorse

          That’s one of several problems reported across other phones too. I’ve seen advice to factory reset after update… to wipe all caches… That the app greenify is the culprit…
          Another problem… stupid LG removed adoptive storage..
          And there just isn’t any dev work…
          I’m really ready to upgrade too.

        • Iamnumber6

          I had a similar problem. I factory reset it and then added the apps back a few at a time to see what was not working right by watching the battery usage. There were a few apps that were problematic and did not do well on Marshmallow. That solved the problem and battery life was actually quite good after that.

    • Chris Rey

      Probably $199 on metropcs and $299 on T-Mobile

  • mreveryphone

    Definitely backup phone worthy… Wonder how big the battery will be??

    • riverhorse

      Predecessor battery life very good, but was non-removable.

  • Matt

    Hope it comes to MetroPCS. This sounds like one sweet phone. I’ll even overlook that itis ZTE

    • riverhorse

      I’m hoping too… Plus NFC this time, & no locked bootloader bs.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Hmmm nice specs

  • riverhorse

    2/32 not medium range anymore… that’s THE new entry level–we like to install tons of apps. Predecessor had “nothing else compelling” besides size–mediocre brightness, sound, camera…no radio …non-removable battery…
    Even worse: a biatch of a locked bootloader, no NFC…
    It’s worth getting for 6″ full HD, but if have to give up or compromise other stuff …
    Although a bold move woulda been 6.xx-7″…this is only a quarter inch more than others… while at lesser res than them.
    However, if it’s vastly improved, I do like the “PRO” upgrade line name continuation… other brands should do likewise.

  • Chris Rey

    Just get a used Nexus 6. .03 smaller screen more RAM which is more important than CPU speed now.. Comes in 32 and 64gb of storage.

    • itskai

      Some people don’t want nexus(I don’t period, it’s an android phone). I personally find Nexus to be the most boring of all android devices.

      • Acdc1a

        IOS and WP are not boring?

        • itskai

          Nope not for me.

        • Acdc1a

          iOS is as plain vanilla as they come while WP is supported by exactly no one…To each their own.

      • Durandal_1707

        Your loss. The Nexus 6 is a damn good phone.

        • itskai

          Not my loss at all. I am good with Lumia.

  • Matt

    I like bigger screens! They’re so much easier to see and read.

  • Paul Rivers

    I have the Axon Zte Pro with 5.5″ screen. I don’t want something bigger. I tried a Moto X Pure 2015 with a 5.7″ screen, it was way to big.

    Was hoping they’d come out with another updated 5.5″ model.

  • Joseph DatChico Valido

    I already have this device very solid fingerprint scanner is really quick

  • steveb944

    It’s an interesting phablet.

  • Joseph DatChico Valido

    I love this device very snappy no bloatware at all except with some MetroPCS apps comes with marshmallow hopefully will be upgradable to Android n

  • GinaDee

    Yet another really BIG piece of crap Chinese knockoff.

    If you absolutely have to do Android at least do it right and retain your self respect. Get the S7 or S7 edge. Any of the Note series are acceptable alternatives too.

    Even Bernie Sanders thinks supporting ZTE is just a little far to the left.

    • Not everyone wants or needs or can afford a flagship device such as the S7, S7 Edge or Note.

      Self-respect? I’d like to think that knowing your boundaries and buying within your means is a pretty respectable behavior.

    • carl

      How is ZTE far left, is it run by sindicalist workers?

    • Matt

      I don’t have the money for a device like that. I’ll take the knock off.

  • S. Ali

    This would be a great phone if they came out with a 5″ model. I had a Nexus 6 and its just too big.

  • soonertoad .

    I still love my Zmax. The larger screen helps with my stubby and uncoordinated fingers. I will pick up the upgrade as soon as it is available.

    • Acdc1a

      I have the original, gave it to one of my sales guys…he loves it.

  • matt

    I hope they make this Zmax have an SD slot that is compatible with a card larger than 32 GB like the previous models. It would also be nice if the Zmax Pro looked very similar to the Imperial Max that the VentureBeat article shows because it eliminates the larger bezel of the previous Zmaxs and in all honesty looks like a higher end phone than it actually is. I’ve had my Zmax since November 2014 and it is running better than any flagship phone I’ve had after 6 months. People knock ZTE for being a budget Chinese brand but in all honesty they have made a very good phone with the Zmax and I hope it continues with the Pro version.

  • TheRealKingSen

    Not enough ads between the article and the comment section

    • Joe

      Chrome and uBlock Origin. No more ads

  • Vic121

    Well you could also just by the LG G Vista 2 at AT&T and unlock it which is the same phone. Supports Band 12 data only since its an AT&T device.

    • Techngro

      This phone is supposed to have a 6″ screen while the LG G Vista 2 has a 5.7″ screen.

  • alixetjon

    This actually looks really good – not sure why all the hate. The Huawei honor 5x is running a very similar config, and once I debloated by loading on CyanogenMod is was smooth as butter. If it lands at $150 I will buy just to try it out.