ZTE USA has announced the ZTE Blade Spark, a $99.99 prepaid smartphone exclusive to AT&T. This is the latest in the long-running series of Blade devices from ZTE, and is once again aiming to deliver big value.
The Blade Spark comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip and 2 GB of RAM, as well as microSD card support for cards up to 128 GB in size.
The device also features 13 MP and 5 MP rear and front-facing cameras, a fingerprint scanner, and comes running the latest version of Android, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, out of the box. What’s more, it boasts a dedicated selfie button on the side of the device, letting you take a “quick, spontaneous photos of you and your friends even when the phone is locked.”
This a good set of features at the price point: but it’s also almost a spec-for-spec copy of the Motorola Moto E4, which launched a few weeks ago; the screen resolution, onboard storage, RAM, camera megapixel count and even the chipset are the same on both devices.
The Blade does have a bigger battery, at 3,140 mAh vs 2,800 mAh, but it also has a larger screen to power — the Moto E4 has a 5-inch display. That said, it’s this display that could make the ZTE Blade Spark a good alternative to the E4 is you’re looking for the most screen real estate (0.5-inches might not seem like much, but in smartphone terms, it’s very noticeable). The Moto E4 Plus, which also has a 5.5-inch screen, isn’t available in the US yet, and will likely cost a bit more (~$155).
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Meanwhile, news broke earlier today that Xiaomi might be readying the Redmi 5, the starting price of which may come in at the equivalent of $125. For this, it’s rumored that you’d get 16 GB internal storage, microSD card support, and a fingerprint reader, like the above phones, but also the benefits of a 1080p display, 3 GB RAM, and 16 MP camera. Those are seriously interesting additions for around $25 however, as you’re probably aware, Xiaomi phones aren’t exactly easy to get hold of in the West.
If you’re interested in picking up the ZTE Blade Spark, you can find it at AT&T online and in stores from today.