ZTE U956
If you thought the recently announced ZTE Grand S Android smartphone was great but somehow don’t think you can spend upwards of $500 on your next mobile, then perhaps you should take a look at a less feature-packed, more affordable alternative from ZTE’s own selection of models, in the form of the ZTE U956. It’s supposed to be a mid-range model with an entry-level price tag.

This particular Android smartphone packs a lot of today’s most popular mid-range features — such as a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash, and a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor — yet it comes with a price tag that won’t instantly bust a huge gaping hole in your wallet.

The ZTE U956 is set to become available as a China Mobile exclusive, as evidenced by a couple of leaked pictures that first surfaced online through GizChina. And what’s more, it’s going to be priced at only 1,499 yuan or about $242 USD. Some people have likened the ZTE U956 to the upcoming Huawei G520, saying that it’s a slightly bigger version with a price tag that’s only a bit more expensive.

Certainly, similarly-equipped Android handsets don’t get much cheaper. So when or if ZTE finally decides to do a release outside of China, then there will be plenty of happy Android users going about with their ZTE U956’s in hand. Still, it will arrive in China first, so watch out for its official release there very soon.

David Gonzales
David is a mobile computer geek who firmly believes that in order to stay healthy, one needs to eat daily doses of gadgets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Join him as he indulges his passion for technology and fascination with all things Android.