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ZTE logo from IFA 2018.

In 2018, China-based phone maker ZTE was on the verge of total collapse. Because the company was charged with violating sales sanctions to Iran, the U.S government ban the sales of parts from U.S. companies to ZTE. However, thanks largely to the intervention of President Trump, the U.S. reversed its decision and lifted the parts sales ban on ZTE a few months later, although not without a lot of concessions on the company’s part.

Now, ZTE is back selling smartphones again, and they tend to have both solid designs and hardware specs, while also priced much lower than its competition. If you’re thinking of getting a smartphone made by ZTE, this is the post for you. Here are the best ZTE phones you can currently buy.

Best ZTE phones

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best ZTE phones regularly as new devices launch.


ZTE Axon 10 Pro

ZTE Axon 10 Pro display

If you’re looking for the very best ZTE phone, the Axon 10 Pro is the one to get. It’s a flagship device, featuring a 6.47-inch AMOLED display with tiny bezels in the front, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of expandable onboard storage

It also has two rear cameras, including a huge 48MP primary sensor, a 20MP secondary camera, and a 20MP front-facing sensor. It also has a 4,000mAh battery, with support for both Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ fast wired charging as well as wireless charging. Finally, its price is really low for what you get. You can order the ZTE Axon 10 Pro right now from the U.S. site with 8GB of RAM for just $549, while the 12GB model costs just a bit more at $599.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro Specs

  • Display: 6.47-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Rear cameras: 40MP and 20MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


ZTE Blade Vantage 2

zte blade vantage 2

This phone is available as an exclusive to Verizon Wireless as a pre-paid phone, making it one of the very few ZTE phones that works on Verizon’s CMDA network. It has a small 5-inch display, a MediaTek MT6761 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable onboard storage, a 5MP front-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 2,050mAh battery.

Best of all, you can get this phone for the low, low price of just $59.99 on Verizon. If you want an ultra-cheap phone that works on Verizon’s network, the ZTE Blade Vantage 2 is for you.

ZTE Blade Vantage 2 specs

  • Display: 5-inch
  • SoC: MediaTek MT6761
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear cameras: 5MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 2,050mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


ZTE Blade Max View

The ZTE Blade Max View has a large 6-inch display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable onboard storage. It also has a 16MP main rear camera, a 2MP secondary sensor for recording depth info, and an 8MP front-facing camera.

You also get a large 4,000mAh battery. It ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat (it’s supposed to get an update soon to Oreo) but if you can live with that, you can get this great unlocked phone now for $149.99 on eBay.

ZTE Blade Max View specs

  • Display: 6-inch
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Rear cameras: 16MP and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat


ZTE Axon 9 Pro

The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is still an excellent smartphone. It has some impressive specs, including a 6.21-inch display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard expandable storage.

You also get two rear cameras: a 20MP main sensor and a second 12MP camera, along with a 20MP front-facing camera. There’s also a large 4,000mAh battery. We would have preferred a smaller notch on top, but aside from that the ZTE Axon 9 Pro is a wonderful device and extremely affordable, as you can get it for $299.99 via Aliexpress.com.

ZTE Axon 9 Pro Specs

  • Display: 6.21-inch
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 20MP and 12MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


ZTE Blade Max 2S

The ZTE Blade Max 2S has some similar specs as the Blade Max View. It also has a 6-inch display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 32GB of storage and a big 4,000mAh battery. However, the RAM is lower at 2GB, and it has Android 8.1 Oreo instead of Nougat, which is a plus.

You will have to deal with the fact that the ZTE Blade Max 2S has a single 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. If that’s OK with you, you can get the phone on Amazon for $145. 

ZTE Blade Max 2S specs

  • Display: 6-inch
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Rear cameras: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


ZTE Visible R2

The ZTE Visible R2 is only available via Verizon’s Visible pre-paid carrier. It has a 5.45-inch display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. You also get a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 3,200mAh battery.

The best part of this deal is that the ZTE Visible R2 is either free if you swap out your current phone for this one, or you can just buy it for $19. Yes, $19 if you get it and use it via Visible.

ZTE Visible R2 specs

  • Display: 5.45-inch
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear cameras: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,20mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

These are the best ZTE phones you can currently get your hands on in our opinion, although there are plenty of other great models to choose from. Which ones would you add to the list?

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