HTC may have just announced its wallet-friendly 4G-toting Desire 510, but ZTE, who takes the word "budget" seriously, will not be outdone. Offering higher specs and a better screen, the ZTE Warp Sync differentiates itself even further with one key aspect: the smartphone will be available for purchase without contracts.
According to ZTE, the no-contract user base in the US is expected to grow to 50 percent by next year, making that market segment ripe for the likes of ZTE and other brands that aren't always able to snag a deal with major carriers. And yet denizens of the country will still want to get access to LTE speeds without spending an arm and a leg, and that is where the new breed of 4G budget smartphones, like this new Warp Sync, come in.
ZTE might poise this as a mid tier smartphone, but the specs look quite decent. No MediaTek in there to bring prices down, as you get a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 inside. RAM is at 2 GB and storage at 8 GB. The 5-inch display may not be up to Full HD standards, but it at least reaches 1280x720 pixels. The rear camera has an 8 megapixel Backside Iluminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, complete with LED flash, while the front sports 1.6 megapixels. Battery measures 2,300 mAh and there is a host of wireless connectivity features like WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and, of course, 4G LTE.
The ZTE Warp Sync is now available from Boost Mobile with a somewhat tasty price tag of $179.99. That said, the smartphone is also sold under the carrier's Unlimited Select monthly plans, which start at $40.