A lesser known fact about ZTE is that it is in fact the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the US market, mostly due to its entry level phones in the off-contract market. The China-based smartphone manufacturer now looks to consolidate its market share with the Imperial II smartphone, an entry-level device LTE-capable device.

First up, the Imperial II is an obvious improvement on its 2013 predecessor the ZTE Imperial – now sporting a bigger 5-inch screen. It’s understandable, however, that ZTE is not able to make this an HD display (only 960×540 max resolution, qHD) as the manufacturer had to skimp somewhere to keep the device cheap enough.

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It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor, probably a Snapdragon 400 SoC, supported by 1GB of RAM. It will have 8GB internal storage, will run on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, and have a 2,300mAh battery.

This entry-level device will be available for USD$100 off contract. If you can’t pony up that kind of money, then you can take it free on contract. If you need a basic LTE-connected phone, this might be the device for you.

SOURCE: Business Wire