Sprint has earlier this week introduced a new Android smartphone addition to their lineup of high end 4G devices with the quiet introduction of the ZTE Flash we had heard so many rumors about this phone weeks ago but Sprint had neither denied nor confirmed the rumors. This explains why their modest announcement of this new phone did not go unnoticed. Another reason is because the phone comes with quite an impressive specs sheet including a dual core processor and 1GB RAM yet it retails for only $130 with a 2 year contract. This mid-range phone also comes with 4G capability and a 4.5 inch screen, which is a lot better than most mid-range phones come with.
The ZTE flash is Sprint branded and boasts of a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 8GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which allows up to 32GB memory card expansion and can be used as a 3G/4G LTE hotspot for as many as eight devices. The only disappointment for those who were looking forward to such a decent yet lowly priced Android phone is that it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and there are no promises as to whether, if ever there will be a 4.1 or later updates.
The phone is powered by a 1,780 mAh battery which promises up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 19 days (465 hours) standby time, an impressive 12.6 megapixels rear camera with LED flash and a 1 megapixels front camera for video calls. The phone’s design is ‘different’ too with the camera protruding at the back. The black phone has rather noticeably rounded corners and measures 5.27 x 2.59 x 0.38 inches (134 x 66 x 10 mm). Its 4.5 inch screen has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which offers about 326 pixels per inch resolution density and is built on IPS LCD technology. Other display features include capacitive multi-touch light sensor, proximity sensor and a scratch resistant glass.
Users who want the ZTE flash can order it now online on Sprint’s Shop online for 129.99 with a two year contract after a mail-in rebate. Bearing in mind the specs of this phone, it is the closest a mid-range phone can get to being a high end smartphone. Since neither Sprint nor ZTE has made any announcement regarding the introduction of the ZTE Flash phone, we just hope that there will be a date on Jelly Bean update because this looks like a phone one can invest in and stick with it for quite some time yet Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a little stale for users who expect performance.
Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait CPU with Adreno 225 GPU
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory with up to 32 GB microSD expansion slot
Display: 4.5 inch 720 x 1280 pixels IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen (~326 ppi resolution density)
Cameras: 13 megapixels rear, 1 megapixels front
Connectivity: CDMA, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, NFC, DLNA
Battery: 1780 mAh
Build: 5.27 x 2.59 x 0.38 inches (134 x 66 x 10 mm), 5.2 oz (147 g)