MetroPCS has expanded its product offerings with a new smartphone called the ZTE Avid 4G. This device, aimed at the mid-range segment, retails for $149, excluding tax. The smartphone is available from the MetroPCS website and various authorized retailers.
The ZTE Avid 4G has a capacitive multi-touch screen that measures 4 inches diagonally. Said display sports a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. This display also features a light sensor and a proximity sensor.
Its hardware consists of a Dual core, 1200 MHz processor and a 2.3 GB built-in storage. Storage expansion is possible by means of a microSD card that can add as much as 32 GB to the user memory. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system. It also includes the full suite of Google apps. Youtube and Picasa are pre-installed on the device.
The handset is capable of connectivity via Wi-Fi, including mobile hotspot, as well as 4G LTE, as its name implies. Bluetooth, computer syncing, and OTA syncing are supported, as well.
It also boasts of two cameras, one of which is located on its rear and has a 5-megapixel sensor, LED, digital zoom, and geotagging. The other, a VGA camera found on the smartphone’s front, has a 0.3-megapixel sensor and is useful for video chat.
Other notable features include Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, an accelerometer, haptic feedback, vibration, threaded SMS and MMS views, and a loudspeaker.
The smartphone measures 4.88 in x 2.58 in x 0.47 in and weighs 5.25 oz. Its battery has a capacity of 1730 mAh and promises around 4 hours of talk time and up to 260 hours of standby time.
Of late, ZTE has been introducing devices for the high-end segment, such as the ZTE Warp Sequent, which retails at $199.99. However, the China-based company continues to release mid-range handsets like the ZTE Avid 4G for those with a tighter budget.