It would appear that smartphone owners are fully embracing the “bigger is better” motto when it comes to buying smartphones. Today, ZTE has announced it is now offering a phone with a big 6-inch screen, the Max XL, but for the budget-friendly, no-contract price of just $129.99. The phone is now on sale in the US, via Sprint’s Boost Mobile no-contract subsidiary.

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The 6-inch screen on the Max XL is an IPS display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, and is covered in Gorilla Glass 3 which should offer some solid scratch protection. Inside, the phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, which at the moment is rare when purchasing a new phone. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 octa-core processor that has a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of on-board storage, with a microSD card slot that can accept up to 128 GB of additional storage.

It also has a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In addition, the ZTE Max XL has a large 3,990 mAh battery, which the company claims will offer up to 26.6 hours of talk time on a single charge.

ZTE says the Max XL is the first smartphone from Boost Mobile that supports Sprint’s HPUE (High Performance User Equipment) technology, along with LTE+ support. That means the Max XL should offer owners increased coverage, along with better coverage indoors, and faster overall network speeds. Sprint began selling HPUE-supported phones just a few weeks ago with the launch of the LG G6, and it’s also available in the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

What do you think of the ZTE Max XL hardware specs, and do you think the phone offers a good balance of hardware with its low price? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • 4Ui812

    I predict Sprint will be bought/merged with T-Mobile by 2019 with the deal being announced in the last quarter of 2018.

  • kitbaty

    This is very interesting.
    I almost see this as a gapper phone. When you have had your high-end phone for a couple of years, and either paid it off, or have come to the end of the lease. But it is still 6-8 months away from new phone season (now). Grab this phone and wait until a flagship that you really have to have comes your way. So, in that gap between (for instance) that 2015 flagship and the 2017 or 18 flagship, you have a very nice phone. Who knows – you may like it enough to make it your full-time daily driver – and it’s paid for!

    BTW – Hello Greer! I grew up in Mauldin, but spent many Summer days back in the late 70s at my aunt’s house in Greer in an area called Appalache.

  • Mark Barkley

    Compared well with my ZTE Zmax Pro except the on board storage and processor is a notch down. So I’ll keep my zmax pro for now. Also, boost kinda scares me because of sprint and their connection issues in the past.

  • Looks like a clunker compared to Xiaomi’s Max.

  • bboyheat

    ZTE can’t be matched at value for your dollar. Its one of the few lower priced brands that always catches my eye with specs for the money.

  • Tomm Gundal

    I started out my smart phone career with a little ZTE N100. It was a GREAT little phone. It was virtually bullet proof. My first one fell into a trailer just as a claw was dropping in a load of logs and shattered under the load, so I got the exact same as a replacement. Then Google started in with the dreaded updates. I kept it going as long as I could (thanks to the removable battery resets) but alas I finally had to upgrade to a Moto E (interesting story there), and now an LGE V10. As hot as this phone gets its bound to Bootloop. I wish ZTE made a premium phone. That n100 was almost as tough as aNokia clam shell. Oh yes. I outgrew Boost and now have TMobile. Boost refused to Port my number. I would never ever use Boost again. Fantasy phone; ZTE removable battery, Mil 810G drop proofing, IP68 water and dust proofing, Stylus, front facing speakers one on top bezel and one on bottom bezel, IR Blaster, second screen, side bezels so i can grasp the mother effer without pressing the screen, quick charge usbc, DAC, dedicated headphone jack, 6gigs RAM, 128 gigs onboard storage, 2TB card slot, latest connectivities, barometer, hall,gyroscope,thermometer sensors. Can you hear me ZTE? I use my phone as a computer to run a construction business. Those are my needs.

  • thanatoscries

    Just when I thought it was Nokia giving the price shakeups, hope they bring this to south africa

  • AleksoBre

    This is a pretty good new phone for the price of $150, but keep in mind that the Nextbit Robin with the snapdragon 808 is also $150 right now.

  • andmusfan603

    I’m just waiting for the GSM variant!

  • Benjamin Clay

    How does this new phone compare to a Nexus 6 or a Nexus 5x or even a Moto G4 (5th edition)? Sorry to throw these all at you guys, but I am not that great with phone specs. These just happen to be the three phones our kids have and all are ready for upgrade

    • Colby J’von Brown

      I believe those devices all have better specs than the one you see here. More storage, better processor, better camera, etc. Maybe look into the Moto G5 or G5+. Those would more than likely be better upgrades compared
      to this phone.

      • Benjamin Clay

        Thank you!

  • Greg

    I’ve had almost exclusively ZTE phones from Boost since they’ve began offering them. Have never had an issue with any of them that wasn’t caused by myself. I can do everything on mine that most flagship and rooted phones can do with no problem. Connectivity has never been a problem and Boost offers fantastic priced plans like 23GB of data per month for $50 – $60.