Specs summary


The ZTE Flash's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1780 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G).

Reviews summary

Based on 3 reviews

The ZTE Flash defeats the common wisdom that you get what you pay for. Priced as a mid-range phone, the Flash has specs found in high-end smartphones: 4G LTE connectivity, a 12.6 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and an HD display, among other things.

With rounded curves similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, the Flash sports an eco-friendly design. It's powered by a decent 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM, a 4.5 inch touch-screen with 960 x 540 pixel resolution, and boasts impressive add-ons like NFC for contact-less payments, Bluetooth 4.0, and an up to 32GB microSD expansion slot to complement the paltry 8GB of internal storage.

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Aside from the storage, a drawback is that the device is pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS that was released in October 2012. ZTE has not announced a schedule for the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

Attractively price contract-free or on contract with Sprint, the ZTE Flash will likely hit the mark for many in the smartphone market.

Need to know: ZTE Flash

1. The ZTE Flash has whopping specs without the hefty price tag. (The Good)

2. The HD display plus IPS technology provide nice viewing angles and crisp images. (The Good)

3. The Flash is not running on the latest Android operating system. (The Bad)

4. The device only has 8GB of internal storage. (The Bad)

Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


Camera aims high, but falls short

from Cnet

Other than the Sprint Flash's support for 4G LTE and its minimalist UI, the device doesn't have much going for it. Its laggy internal speeds make old flagship handsets like the Galaxy Nexus and the HTC Evo 4G LTE (both of which are $99) look more appealing.

And if you can spare an extra $70, your choices get even better. You can get the same 4G LTE speeds, but a faster processor, higher-quality screen, and better camera with the LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE.

True, the Flash isn't exactly comparable to these top-notch phones, but it does promise a... Full review

you can buy this phone just for the sake of the camera... really terrific phone.. The camera in particular really shines in this device.
you can buy this phone just for the sake of the camera... really terrific phone.. The camera in particular really shines in this device. Less
Camera Quality is too good and the design of phone is sleek and thin. I have this phone for more than 6 months and it has not given me any problem. It is worth purchasing this phone for any amount.
Camera Quality is too good and the design of phone is sleek and thin. I have this phone for more than 6 months and it has not given me any problem. It is worth purchasing this phone for any amount. Less

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Full Specs

Release date November 14, 2012
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
1900 MHz
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1780 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 454 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
480 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm
(5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 147 grams
(5.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 12+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Comic, Negative, Sketch, Scene Mode, Anti-band
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Play Store)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE N9500

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