Chinese phone producer ZTE is beginning to launch the Blade Max 2S and the Blade Max View, two mobile phones with lower-end specs for $180 and $200, sequentially. Both phones possess 6-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD screens with 18:9 aspect ratios, 1.4GHz processors, 4,000mAh batteries, and 32GB of storage.
The Blade Max 2S possesses 2GB of RAM, and the Blade Max View holds 3GB. For $20 more, the Max View gives dual 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras and Android Nougat, while the Max 2s owns a single 13-megapixel rear camera and it comes with Android Oreo out of the box. On the ZTE website, the Blade Max View is classified as having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, but no brand is listed for the Max 2S processor with the same cores and clock speeds.
For years, ZTE and Huawei have been examined by foreign authorities in the US and Europe, and Donald Trump presently signed a bill to ban government use of the two companies in August. That means that ZTE phones possibly won’t be directly sold in substantial stores in the US.
Nevertheless, you can still purchase unlocked versions through ZTE’s website or from B&H and Newegg’s sites. According to ZTE’s website, both phones carry GSM carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile, while the Blade Max View possesses CDMA bands, implying it can work on Verizon and Sprint as well. It’s not the first time ZTE has allowed CDMA bands for a phone, but it’s frequently more common for Chinese smartphones to have GSM or other bands.