Just when you thought the Galaxy S8 was enough, the up and coming Chinese company has fought back with a new budget-friendly device called the Max XL that is sure to give you more than your money’s worth!

The all new ZTE Max XL features a 6 inch 1080P Full HD display, 1.4 Ghz Qualcomm octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of external storage, 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front facing camera. It also runs on Android Nougat, has a humongous 3,990mAh battery to cater to your media streaming needs, and has a built-in fingerprint sensor. All of this comes down to $129!

The Max XL might not have a Quad HD display or the latest Snapdragon processor or even 4 GB of RAM, but honestly speaking 1080P is still great today. Not to mention that octa-core processor and the 2 GB of RAM will definitely hold up when doing a lot of multi-tasking. Heck, it’ll probably even handle most games. This phone isn’t gonna beat the S8 or the iPhone 7, but it squares up perfectly against something like the Moto G or the iPhone SE. It might actually be even better than those options though because at $129, you really can’t get a better phone. You could practically buy this phone, save it for an emergency and it’ll still be good to go in a year from now. This is just an-all around solid device. Of course there will need to be an extensive review of how it actually performs in real-world situations, but at least on paper the Max XL is killing it.


Over the past few years, I’ve really grown accustomed to liking budget-friendly phones. Why you might ask? Well although top-of-the-line devices like the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 are a pleasure to use and the experience is silky smooth, the price and the overall features of these budget-friendly devices are really getting good. They’re packing a lot more punch for a cheaper price. Of course that also comes at a decrease in build quality, but overall these budget-friendly devices are a steal and that’s really the main reason why I upgraded to the iPhone SE from the iPhone 5S. The SE has the same internal specs and rear-facing camera as the 6S, but is a good $100-150 cheaper. And so for me, I may be sacrificing the smaller screen but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. Two months later, I’m still loving my iPhone SE and I can see why companies are launching their flagship devices and budget devices. It’s because there’s still a big enough market for those that want somewhat high-end specs with a low cost. So if there’s anything you take away from this post, just know that you don’t have to buy the most mainstream, top-of-the-line devices to get a great experience!


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