ZTE phones might not be very well known or popular in Western markets, but ZTE has a lot of great devices in its lineup. They’re normally quite affordable, too, as ZTE has to keep its prices down in order to stay relevant on the market.

Despite being cheaper than a lot of the competition, the company’s smartphones are easy on the eyes and solidly built.  If you’re thinking of getting a smartphone made by ZTE, this is the post for you. You’ll find the best ones currently available below.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

ZTE Axon M

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The ZTE Axon M is the latest and most interesting of all of the ZTE phones on this list. What makes it stand out from the crowd is that it features two 5.2-inch displays mounted on a hinge that allows you to use just one or both of them at the same time.

When you unfold the device, the two displays act as one or can be used separately to take multitasking to a whole new level. You can also place it in “tent mode” and play the same movie on both screens, making it easy for more than one people to watch it. Its foldable nature does have its drawbacks, as the Axon M is far from the most gorgeous smartphone out there. The device is quite thick (12.1 mm) and well as heavy (230 grams) and has thick bezels on the top and bottom.

You’ll can get the Axon M from AT&T for $24.17 per month on a 30-month contract, which adds up to exactly $725.10. That makes this the most expensive of all the ZTE phones on the market, but also the most eye-catching. 

Specs

  • Two 5.2-inch TFT LCD displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 426 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 20 MP rear camera that can be utilized in front-facing mode
  • Non-removable 3,180 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 150.8 x 71.6 x 12.1 mm, 230 g

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ZTE Axon 7

One of the best ZTE phone ever made, the ZTE Axon 7 was announced back in May 2016 and was one of the best budget high-end smartphones of that year. It features a 5.5-inch QHD display and is powered by the same Snapdragon 820 chipset that’s found in devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.

It’s a great option for those who love listening to music or watching videos, as the device is equipped with dual front-facing stereo speakers. It has a metal body that gives it a more premium look and feel and is available in two color options: Ion Gold and Quartz Gray.

The ZTE Axon 7 has its drawbacks just like any other smartphone. The UI on top of Android is far from the most popular on the market, and the camera struggles in low-light conditions. Overall it’s still a great smartphone that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, as it retails for $370.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 20 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,250 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9 mm, 175 g

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ZTE Axon 7 Mini

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The Axon 7 Mini is smaller and less powerful than its bigger brother but more or less the same in terms of design. It sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display and packs in a Snapdragon 617 chipset, with 3 GB of RAM under the hood.

It also has a metal back for a premium feel and features two front-facing speakers music lovers will appreciate. It ships with Android Marshmallow on board which can be upgraded to Nougat, and can be yours in Ion Gold or Platinum Grey color options.

The Axon 7 Mini might not be quite as powerful as the Axon 7, but it’s still a solid handset that has more than enough power for the average user. Although I wouldn’t quite call it small, it’s still compact enough for one-handed use. To get it, you’ll have to fork over $200.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,705 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 147.5 x 71 x 7.8 mm, 153 g

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro

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Announced back in January, the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range device that features the Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3 GB of RAM. It features a dual-camera setup on the back, allowing you to capture those fancy bokeh images.

The smartphone has a textured rubber back that might not look quite as nice as metal or glass, but offers a lot more grip. Other features worth mentioning are a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 3,140 mAh battery, and dual-SIM support.

In terms of pricing, the ZTE Blade V8 Pro will set you back $200 if you get it from Newegg, which seems to be a pretty common price point for most mid-range ZTE phones.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,140 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 156 x 77 x 9.1 mm, 185 g

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ZTE ZMAX Pro

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If you’re in the market for a device with a large screen and an affordable price tag, the ZMAX Pro just might be up your alley. It sports a large 6-inch display that’s great for watching videos, playing games, and browsing the web, but also makes one-handed use difficult.

The smartphone packs a 3,400 mAh battery that’s good for around two days of use and can be fully charged in around two hours. It might not be the most powerful or beautiful device on this list, but it is definitely the cheapest. The ZMAX Pro retails for just $99, making it one of the best ZTE phones for the price, but you can only get it from MetroPCS.

That’s really reasonable, considering the phablet comes with a large 1080p display, Snapdragon 617 chipset, and even a fingerprint scanner.

Specs

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 367 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 165.1 x 83.8 x 8.9 mm, 175 g

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ZTE Blade MAX 3

This is another affordable phablet from ZTE that comes with a 6-inch Full HD display. It also features a 4,000 mAh battery that should offer at least two days of use before running out of juice.

What’s interesting is that the smartphone also comes equipped with a dual-camera setup, something we’re more used to seeing on high-end devices. It has a simple design that may not stand out much, but is still quite appealing.

When the handset launched back in April, you had to dish out $200 to get it. Its price has come down since, so it can now be yours for just $130, but only at US Cellular.

Specs

  • 6-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 367 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 164.8 x 84.1 x 8.9 mm, 180 g

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There are plenty of other ZTE phones to choose from, but these are the best ones right now. If ZTE phones aren’t really your thing, there are a lot of other brands available on the market like HTC (check out the list of their best handsets right here).

Which ZTE smartphone is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.