When the Moto G first arrived there were virtually no competitors for the device in terms of price/value ratio. More recently, we’ve seen a number of devices that attempt to come close, though many times they end falling short in terms of storage, display resolution or price. Thankfully, it seems that ZTE may have come a step closer to getting it right with the new Warp Sync.
Odd name aside, the $180 handset offers a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD, an 8MP rear cam, an 1.6MP front cam, a 5-inch 720p display with Gorilla Glass 2, a 2300mAh battery and is powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Dolby Digital Plus Audio and 4G LTE.
As you can see, the ZTE Warp either one-ups or matches just about every single spec when compared against the Moto G. Of course, the Moto G2 is just around the corner and might even things up a bit. Nonetheless this is a pretty impressive looking sub-$200 device with only one real flaw: it’s only sold only through Boost Mobile.
Those that live in an area with solid Sprint coverage might not consider this a deal breaker, but if your thinking about getting a handset on Boost Mobile it’s important to note that the Moto G is only $100 (as opposed to $180 for the unlocked GSM model). That said, if you are compelled by the idea of a bigger screen, microSD, LTE and an improved camera, the Warp Sync might be worth picking up even at an $80 premium.
What do you think of the ZTE Warp Sync, anyone planning on picking one up?[press]
Richardson, Texas – August 26, 2014 – ZTE USA, one of the fastest growing smartphone manufacturers in the U.S.[ Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Market Share, Q2 2014], announced the launch of the new ZTE Warp Sync. The phone is fourth in a series of highly popular Warp phones that have helped ZTE become the second largest handset manufacturer in the no-contract market[ ITG Insights Q2 2014]. The ZTE Warp Sync features the highest specs ever delivered for less than $200 at Boost Mobile and will be available on August 26 for $179.99.
“ZTE and Boost Mobile have partnered throughout the development of the Warp series to deliver the best value and innovative technologies that benefit customers most,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “We are excited to continue that partnership with the launch of the ZTE Warp Sync that provides high-end features at a price you would not expect.”
The no-contract segment is estimated to be 50 percent of the U.S. wireless market by the end of 2015 and better phone offerings to be a main driver of that growth[ Brightstar Intelligence 2014 Mobile Trends Report, http://www.brightstar.com/assets/uploads/docs/2014_Mobile_Trends.pdf ]. ZTE delivered the increasingly popular Boost MAX phablet in January. The ZTE Warp Sync with 4G LTE and Android 4.4.2 KitKat will continue ZTE’s leadership in no-contract wireless where feature-rich smartphones and fast wireless speeds are becoming the norm.
ZTE Warp Sync Specifications:
5-inch HD, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display
Removable Li-ion 2300mAh battery
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor
8 MP LED flash rear-camera and 1.6 MP front-camera
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Dolby Digital Plus Audio
8GB ROM + 2GB RAM
The ZTE Warp Sync is the first device from ZTE that runs on Boost’s Enhanced LTE network[ The Enhanced 4G LTE network (aka Sprint Spark) is available in limited markets, on devices with enabled tri-band LTE capability. Coverage is not available everywhere.], allowing blazing-fast download speeds and web browsing. It is available with all three of Boost Mobile’s easy-to-understand Monthly Unlimited Select plans that offer value-conscious consumers unlimited talk, text and data for $40, $50 or $60 per month depending on individual data needs.
About ZTE USA
ZTE USA (http://www.zteusa.com/), a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation is a leading global provider of mobile handsets, telecommunications equipment and network solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communications technology accessible to all. The company provides a magnitude of devices to every major US-based carrier, generates over $16 billion dollars’ worth of business for US-based companies and devotes more than 10 percent of its revenue to R&D. ZTE USA is headquartered in Richardson, TX and operates 17 sales offices, customer service centers, R&D and distribution facilities across the US. ZTE is ranked as the country’s fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices overall, and second-largest supplier of prepaid devices, by independent analysts. ZTE is the official smartphone of the Houston Rockets.