Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

The ZTE Max's screen is 5.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8930 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

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

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 960 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



For the most part, there's nothing really objectionable about the ZTE Max for Boost Mobile.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

5.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 9 reviews

What's good

  • Display offers good viewing angles and color reproduction
  • Excellent battery life

What's bad

  • Sluggish 4G
  • Middling processor performance
  • Long battery charge time

ZTE has entered phablet territory with the release of its ZTE Max smartphone. The IPS display measures a whopping 5.7 inches, offering resolution of 720 x 1280. Although this translates to a relatively low pixel density of 257ppi, most reviewers were generally pleased with color reproduction, viewing angles and overall sharpness of the screen. They did notice, however, that whites on the screen were very clearly off-white.

As a mid-range product, the Max might not have high end specs; however it does offer a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. With this, experts found that the phone generally operated smoothly, albeit slowly, when performing small and necessary tasks. According to CNET, even processor intensive games still ran without noticeable lag though they did suffer from lower frame-rate and choppy rendering.

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One of the biggest disappointments for critics was the 4G speed. Although the actual connection is reliable, Android Central states that the performance itself was hit-or-miss and often very slow when scrolling through more complicated sites. During battery tests, experts were able to get around 12 hours from the device. Unfortunately, they mentioned that the phone takes a very long time to reach full charge, coming in at around 8 hours.

Like all smartphones, the ZTE Max comes equipped with a rear-facing camera. While basic, the 8 megapixel camera did produce acceptable pictures for reviewers in decent lighting for the most part. Critics did notice that some images would come out slightly blurry and low light pictures often had a notable amount of digital noise.

Reviewers generally have mixed opinions on the device. Laptop Mag states, "the Boost Max is still a very good value." Android Guys, one the other hand, says, "The Boost Max tries to offers as much as its competitors, but ultimately falls short in some important areas."


Reviews (5.2/10 Avg. rating)


Android and Me

A giant phone for a reasonable price

from Android and Me

I hope you aren’t deterred by the average to below average number score I gave to the Boost Max. The Boost Max is not a bad Android device. It’s a budget phablet, and I think ZTE cut corners in the appropriate places to make the Boost Max a phablet you can buy for $299. This phone isn...More

I hope you aren’t deterred by the average to below average number score I gave to the Boost Max. The Boost Max is not a bad Android device. It’s a budget phablet, and I think ZTE cut corners in the appropriate places to make the Boost Max a phablet you can buy for $299. This phone isn’t going to blow you away with performance, but it will likely impress you with its media consumption experience and battery life. If you’re into high specs and benchmark scores, steer clear. If you’re looking for a phablet on a budget, definitely consider the Boost Max. The Boost Max is a great offering on Boost Mobile if you’re looking for a giant phone on a prepaid service.

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Android Guys

Aims to give users a premium phablet experience with a small price tag

from Android Guys

The Boost Max tries to offer as much as it’s competitors, but ultimately falls short in some important areas. Most of our experiences can be summed up with a, “This feature is nice, but…”.

ZTE’s Smart Viewer is a great addition, adding functionality and innovation to the size of the device. But it’s buggy and slow, and that made us not want to use it. The look and feel of the device is beautiful. It has a nice weight to it, and it offers a loud speaker and a hardware camera button. But the speaker is tinny, and the camera button makes it difficult to keep your focus...

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The Boost Max tries to offer as much as it’s competitors, but ultimately falls short in some important areas. Most of our experiences can be summed up with a, “This feature is nice, but…”.

ZTE’s Smart Viewer is a great addition, adding functionality and innovation to the size of the device. But it’s buggy and slow, and that made us not want to use it. The look and feel of the device is beautiful. It has a nice weight to it, and it offers a loud speaker and a hardware camera button. But the speaker is tinny, and the camera button makes it difficult to keep your focus.

All things considered, if you’re on Boost Mobile, and absolutely have to stick with it, you could do worse than the Boost Max. It’s the best option for someone who wants a phablet experience, but doesn’t want to break the bank. If you’re in the market to purchase a new phone off-contract and you don’t mind the screen size, buy a Moto G. It has better software, hardware, and is two-thirds the price.

If the Boost Max was $200, I would recommend it immediately. It’s a bit slow, but offers a beautiful look and feel, while giving you the experience you’re looking for. But for $300, I have a difficult time recommending this one. 

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Pocketnow

Big phone, small performance

from Pocketnow

We’re more hopeful for the future of this device than anything else. If it weren’t for the lag and performance hangs throughout our entire review period, we probably would have come away from this review a little more jazzed about the phone.

No, the display isn’t mind-boggling like some other devices in this size category, the storage is a bit low for our tastes, and the need for a removal tool too access the microSD card still boggles us a bit. But a few compromises are par for the course when building a budget phone. It’s important to remember how small Motorola’s profit margins are on a device like the Moto G, and the quality of that device shouldn’t take from the accomplishments ZTE has made with the Boost MAX...

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We’re more hopeful for the future of this device than anything else. If it weren’t for the lag and performance hangs throughout our entire review period, we probably would have come away from this review a little more jazzed about the phone.

No, the display isn’t mind-boggling like some other devices in this size category, the storage is a bit low for our tastes, and the need for a removal tool too access the microSD card still boggles us a bit. But a few compromises are par for the course when building a budget phone. It’s important to remember how small Motorola’s profit margins are on a device like the Moto G, and the quality of that device shouldn’t take from the accomplishments ZTE has made with the Boost MAX.

For the price, the build quality is impressive, its battery life if fantastic, and the camera performance could have been much worse – that’s usually the first corner cut in a budget device.

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Android Community

Solid overall build quality and performance

from Android Community

The Boost MAX is a solid performer and should be a device considered by any Boost Mobile customer looking for a bigger screen. In fact, given the size, this handset could serve as a large phone, and also a small tablet for some users. The display, overall performance, battery life, and camera all...More

The Boost MAX is a solid performer and should be a device considered by any Boost Mobile customer looking for a bigger screen. In fact, given the size, this handset could serve as a large phone, and also a small tablet for some users. The display, overall performance, battery life, and camera all proved to be solid during our testing time. We also really liked the overall look, and the lack of branding. The device was clean, and as mentioned earlier in the review -- it feels rather sturdy. Boost Mobile has the MAX priced at $299, and offers options for monthly or daily plans.

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Laptop Magazine

One of the best Boost bargains yet

from Laptop Magazine

While it's not the fastest smartphone in its class, the $299 Boost Max is still a very good value. This 5.7-inch device offers a quality 720p screen, good audio quality and very long battery life. We also like the split-screen multitasking feature. If faster 4G speeds are important to you, you mi...More

While it's not the fastest smartphone in its class, the $299 Boost Max is still a very good value. This 5.7-inch device offers a quality 720p screen, good audio quality and very long battery life. We also like the split-screen multitasking feature. If faster 4G speeds are important to you, you might want to consider a phablet on a different carrier, such as the AT&T Galaxy Note 3. But in the no-contract phablet space, the Boost Max is a smart buy

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Cnet

Goes big in size, but not in specs

from Cnet

Consider the Boost Max if you want a cheap Android handset with a lot of screen. But if you can pay a little extra, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the better budget phablet.

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Consider the Boost Max if you want a cheap Android handset with a lot of screen. But if you can pay a little extra, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the better budget phablet.

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Phone Scoop

The Max has a number of things going for it and little going against it

from Phone Scoop

For the most part, there's nothing really objectionable about the ZTE Max for Boost Mobile. As long as you're comfortable with phablets, the Max is a lot of phone for the money.

The screen is certainly big, if not the best I've seen. The signal performance was pretty good and battery l...More

For the most part, there's nothing really objectionable about the ZTE Max for Boost Mobile. As long as you're comfortable with phablets, the Max is a lot of phone for the money.

The screen is certainly big, if not the best I've seen. The signal performance was pretty good and battery life was tremendous. The user interface is a cinch to interact with, and the Max has plenty of power to multitask and more. The stock Android tools all functioned perfectly, though the additions from Boost Mobile add few tangible benefits to the phone. The camera performed well, and the Max has media powers to spare.

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These phones sucks!

I wish I could give the ZTE company "0". My phone was not even 6 months old when the thing did not want to work no more. Boost said I have a 1 year manufacture warranty with ZTE. I sent the phone to them and they said it was going to take 10 business days to fix and now it's been going to 7 weeks alrea...More
I wish I could give the ZTE company "0". My phone was not even 6 months old when the thing did not want to work no more. Boost said I have a 1 year manufacture warranty with ZTE. I sent the phone to them and they said it was going to take 10 business days to fix and now it's been going to 7 weeks already and still no phone. They keep on saying the same thing every time I call them, wait another 3 days. What can I do to get my $360 phone back? Never again will I buy another ZTE. Less

Phone and Company review

Gmail "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Re: ZTE Valet not turning on out of standby 4 messages mobile@zte.com.cn Mon, May 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM To: "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Dear Valued ZTE Customer Thanks for contacting ZTE. we apologize for the inconvenience. Plea...More
Gmail "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Re: ZTE Valet not turning on out of standby 4 messages mobile@zte.com.cn Mon, May 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM To: "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Dear Valued ZTE Customer Thanks for contacting ZTE. we apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the local dealer where you purchased the device to or network operator to consult. As per the policy we do not provide any services for Tracfone customers. Should there be further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Best Regards USA User 05/12/2014 09:58 PM Please respond to "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" To devicesupport cc Subject ZTE Valet not turning on out of standby E-mail: "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Subject: ZTE Valet not turning on out of standby Comment: Every morning I have to take the battery out then put it back in to be able to get the home screen to come up. The click of the power button doesn't bring the phone out of standby. Also can't turn the alarm off in the morning or answer phone calls when it rings after it has gone into standby after the phone has been sitting all night. I checked the forums and there is numerous complaints about these same issues I am having therefore I know I am not the only one experiencing these issues. Is there a hotfix or something being done about this issue. Maybe a update or something I need to get or do I just need to go with a different phone brand? -------------------------------------------------------- ZTE Information Security Notice: The information contained in this mail (and any attachment transmitted herewith) is privileged and confidential and is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are not an intended recipient, any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or other dissemination or use of the information contained is strictly prohibited. If you have received this mail in error, please delete it and notify us immediately. "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Mon, May 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM To: mobile@zte.com.cn So I just want to be clear that I understand that you do not provide support for your phones you manufacture? Is this correct? [Quoted text hidden] mobile@zte.com.cn Tue, May 13, 2014 at 7:15 AM To: "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Dear Valued ZTE Customer, Thanks for contacting ZTE. We do not provide service for Tracfone customers according to our policy. Please contact the local dealer where you purchased the device to or network operator to consult. If any more please do call us on our hot line number 1-877-817-1759, 9am - 9pm CST. We would be glad to help you. Best Regards, "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" 05/13/2014 05:25 AM To mobile@zte.com.cn cc Subject Re: ZTE Valet not turning on out of standby So I just want to be clear that I understand that you do not provide support for your phones you manufacture? Is this correct? On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM, wrote: Dear Valued ZTE Customer Thanks for contacting ZTE. we apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the local dealer where you purchased the device to or network operator to consult. As per the policy we do not provide any services for Tracfone customers. Should there be further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Best Regards USA User 05/12/2014 09:58 PM Please respond to "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" To devicesupport cc Subject ZTE Valet not turning on out of standby E-mail: "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Subject: ZTE Valet not turning on out of standby Comment: Every morning I have to take the battery out then put it back in to be able to get the home screen to come up. The click of the power button doesn't bring the phone out of standby. Also can't turn the alarm off in the morning or answer phone calls when it rings after it has gone into standby after the phone has been sitting all night. I checked the forums and there is numerous complaints about these same issues I am having therefore I know I am not the only one experiencing these issues. Is there a hotfix or something being done about this issue. Maybe a update or something I need to get or do I just need to go with a different phone brand? -------------------------------------------------------- ZTE Information Security Notice: The information contained in this mail (and any attachment transmitted herewith) is privileged and confidential and is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are not an intended recipient, any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or other dissemination or use of the information contained is strictly prohibited. If you have received this mail in error, please delete it and notify us immediately. -------------------------------------------------------- ZTE Information Security Notice: The information contained in this mail (and any attachment transmitted herewith) is privileged and confidential and is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are not an intended recipient, any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or other dissemination or use of the information contained is strictly prohibited. If you have received this mail in error, please delete it and notify us immediately. "For my own privacy I have removed my e-mail" Tue, May 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM To: mobile@zte.com.cn Really? Your going to just copy and paste the same previous reply as before and totally look over my question I asked? Who even said I was a Tracfone customer? I didn't say I was a Tracfone customer. I bought a ZTE phone and I asked you for support for the phone you manufacture and you blatantly refuse to provide any support. Completely avoid my questions as if I didn't even ask. Ok I have all the correspondence I need from your company thank you very much this is going to be great I can't wait to see all the millions of viewers comments once I show them this correspondence with you. Why even bother to have a security notice attached to your emails when all you do is give the same run around like "we apologize for the inconvenience." "Please contact the local dealer" "we do not provide any services for Tracfone customers. " And last but not least my favorite! "Should there be further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us." LMFAO Seriously? I mean REALLY? WOW! This is amazing! Do you really think you are immune to repercussions from conducting business like this? After being treated like this from you not only will I not ever buy anything your company or any other company within your network manufactures again. I will dedicate the rest of my life making sure no one else is ever fooled into buying something from you or your parent companies ever again. Because OBVIOUSLY there is absolutely NO support with anything you are selling. So who would want that? Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date January 28, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
LTE
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8930 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.91 W/kg
Body: 1.27 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 960 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 8.3 x 1.0 cm (6.5 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 195 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 258 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
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 Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance, Scene mode, Exposure, Anti-banding
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
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 Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Boost Max, N9520

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