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China-based phone maker ZTE has had a turbulent year, to say the least. Between being named a security threat by the FCC and being investigated for bribery, it’s made headlines for all the wrong reasons. However, thanks largely to the intervention of President Trump, ZTE is not banned from selling in the US, though it is subject to harsh restrictions.

With all of the bad news out of the way, there’s still a lot to like about ZTE’s devices. They tend to have solid designs and pretty good specs, and they’re typically much more affordable than the competition. If you’re ready to take the plunge into a new smartphone, here are the best ZTE phones to try.

Many of these links will work best for our European readers — again, a drawback of the US-ZTE relations — but there are a few carrier-locked options for US readers to try. 

Best ZTE phones:

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


ZTE Axon 11

ZTE Axon 11 5G colorful

If you want the best — and most accessible — phone that ZTE has to offer, then you have to go for the Axon 11. It’s a 5G device at just a fraction of the price. There’s also a special edition of the device that swaps the standard teardrop notch for a corner-mounted punch-hole camera.

See also: ZTE Axon 11 review

The standard Axon 11 comes loaded with a Snapdragon 765G processor as well as your choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage. It packs a 4,000mAh battery backed by 18W fast charging and four rear cameras in all. The main shooter is a 64MP powerhouse supported by an 8MP wide-angle lens and 2MP macro and depth-of-field lenses.

Your best bet to bring the Axon 11 to the US is AliExpress, while European readers can give Amazon a try.


ZTE Axon 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android Q

ZTE Blade V 2020

zte blade v 2020

Credit: Amazon

Up next is a monster of a device — the ZTE Blade V 2020 fills your pocket with a large 6.53-inch display. Backing up that display, you’ll find a healthy 4,510mAh battery with an adaptive fast charge to keep you on the go. In addition to the huge screen and battery, the Blade 2020 is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

Like the Axon 11, the Blade V 2020 packs a four-lens rear camera, but the setups aren’t quite equal. Instead of a 64MP main shooter, the Blade V stars a 48MP lens and the front camera drops to 16MP. ZTE’s Blade V 2020 runs on a MediaTek Helio P70 chip, and if we have to name a drawback then it’s the lack of 5G support.


ZTE Blade V 2020 specs:

  • Display: 6.82-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P70
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android Q

ZTE Blade 10 Smart

zte blade 10 smart

Credit: Amazon

From behind, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Blade V and the Blade 10 Smart are the same phones. They look nearly identical, though the Blade 10 Smart is a shade smaller at 6.5-inches. It packs a larger battery into that smaller body, so you’ll have 5,000mAh and 18W fast charging in your pocket to keep you on the go.

Alongside the beefy battery, the Blade 10 Smart has an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 CPU and an ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. You’ll have 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage to work with as well as a triple camera setup. The main shooter offers just 16MP backed by an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, ZTE has chosen an 8MP selfie camera housed in a small V-shaped notch.


ZTE Blade 10 Smart specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P60
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 16, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

ZTE Blade A7

zte blade a7 2020

Credit: Amazon

The ZTE Blade A7 is one of the true entry-level phones on this list, and it offers a simpler setup than most of ZTE’s advanced devices. It’s perfectly pocket-sized at 6.09-inches, and the battery is respectable at 4,000mAh. The battery powers a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset and PowerVR GE8320 GPU to keep you connected.

Rounding out the spec sheet, the Blade A7 is available with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. It’s equipped with a triple-lens rear camera — a massive upgrade over the previous single-lens versions. You’ll have a 16MP main camera spelled by 8MP and 2MP lenses. On the front, ZTE upgraded the selfie camera to 8MP.


ZTE Blade A7 specs:

  • Display: 6.09-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P22
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 16MP, 8MP, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

ZTE Axon 20 – honorable mention

Axon 20 5G Orange

Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

ZTE’s brand-new Axon 20 is limited to an honorable mention for one very good reason — it’s currently impossible to find outside of China. While you’ll have trouble tracking down the Axon 20, there’s a lot to look forward to. It’s the first device created with a true under-display camera. ZTE boasts that it’s created five core technologies to accomplish the feat, which accompanies an in-display fingerprint reader on the massive 6.92-inch display.

Outside of the futuristic camera setup, the Axon 20 relies on a Snapdragon 765G processor that allows for 5G connectivity. It’s rocking a 4,220mAh battery with 30W fast charging to keep up with the 5G power usage. As for the camera, ZTE chose a 64MP main shooter, 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a pair of 2MP sensors for depth and macro effects.


ZTE Axon 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.92-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,220mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Blade A7 Prime – Visible

zte blade a7 prime

Credit: ZTE

There are a few ways to grab ZTE phones in the states, but they often require jumping through a few hoops. If you want an easier experience, your best bet is to give Verizon’s MVNO — Visible — a shot. You’ll notice that the names are quite similar to those of the international devices, but these devices were created exclusively for Verizon’s network.

Up first is the A7 Prime, which reflects a slightly older 16MP single-camera version of the Blade A7 mentioned above. It features a similar 6.09-inch display with a 5MP camera housed in the small teardrop notch. You’ll only have a 3,200mAh battery to work with, but the smart power mode should keep you going longer. On the inside, the Blade A7 Prime makes the most of 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, which you can boost up to 2TB if needed.


ZTE A7 Prime specs:

  • Display: 6.09-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek 6761
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 16MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Blade A3 Prime – Visible

zte blade a3 prime

Credit: ZTE

The small, 5.45-inch ZTE Blade A3 Prime has something that few other phones can match in 2020 — a removable battery. You can remove the 2,660mAh unit and add another to keep going all day long. Can you remember the last phone you grabbed with a removable battery? It’s also available completely for free from Visible if you trade your phone in.

Internally, the Blade A3 Prime is powered by a MediaTek 6761 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. As an extremely budget-friendly device, you won’t find a punch-hole camera or multiple lenses. The Blade A3 Prime packs a solid chin and forehead with a rear-facing 8MP camera and a 5MP front camera. While you’re not packing on the pixels, the rear camera does light up with two flashes for picture-perfect lighting.


ZTE A3 Prime specs:

  • Display: 5.45-inch, HD
  • SoC: MediaTek 6761
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,660mAh
  • Software: Android Q
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