ZTE has just announced its ZTE Speed handset, an entry-level LTE smartphone for the US that is available for $99 off-contract from Boost Mobile.
The ZTE Speed has a 4.5-inch LCD display. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 SoC with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. The device has a 8GB space of internal storage and supports up to 32GB microSD card slot for expansion.
On the rear is a 5MP camera with HRD & LED flash, a front facing 2MP camera for selfies, standard connectivity suite including Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, 4G LTE and Enhanced LTE. Phone calls have crystal-clear sounds with less background noise with other HD Voice-enabled phones on the Sprint network. The device is also Mobile Hotspot capable.
The ZTE Speed runs on stock Android 4.4 Kitkat OS and a 2000mAh battery, which gives you around 14 hours of talk time. This isn’t by far the best Android phone you can find, even at its price at $99, but if you’re on Boost and the options are slim then this has to be one to consider.
Boost Mobile has also announced that their recently reduced prices for their Data Boost Plans are now permanent. All three plans offer unlimited talk, text and data, but the $35 a month plan has 1GB of high-speed data, while the $45 a month plan includes 5GB of high-speed data. The $55 a month plan includes 10GB of high-speed data.