Instead of coming out with a completely new phone model, it’s not out of the ordinary for carriers – and manufacturers – to re-release the device under a different name after slightly tinkering with the specs. Such is the case with Cricket’s ZTE Engage, a mid-ender that was released back in October of last year for $250, but has been reintroduced as the Engage LT.
As you might have guessed from the name, the ZTE Engage LT is more of a downgrade from its predecessor, but the more attractive pricing should interest those who are looking for a sub-$200 smartphone on prepaid. Cricket is now selling the Engage LT for $179.99 contract-free.
Specs-wise, you’re still looking at a 4-inch WVGA TFT display (800 x 480 resolution), but gone is the 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655T processor that the original packs. The LT only comes with a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor of unknown type. Another downgrade is in the camera department, as it only has a 3.2MP rear camera, instead of 8MP.
The rest of the unchanged specs include a VGA front cam, 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, a microSD slot (up to 32GB), a 1,900mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Let’s not forget that owners of the Engage LT can access Cricket’s Muve Music service, which provides an unlimited download of music.
Head to Cricket's website now if you're particularly intrigued.