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ZTE Warp Sequent review

ZTE’s Warp Sequent aims to be a pay-as-you-go device with a premium feel. With a single-core 1.4-GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and support for microSD cards, it offers enough power and performance to keep the user experience respectable while keeping the price low.

Alex Colon of PC Magazine summarized the phone by saying “The Warp Sequent has a big, sharp screen, solid performance, and it runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). There's no 4G, and a reflective display and underwhelming camera hold it back, but you're still getting plenty here for your money.”

Other reviews indicate that while the device is well made and ideal for entry level prepaid users, that there are a few issues to consider before purchasing. First, the phone is restricted to 3G data access. While this is enough to check email or update social media, it isn’t enough to stream HD video or perform other bandwidth intensive tasks.

Another concern is the screen. Although the 4.3-inch qHD display offers clear, vibrant colors both PC Magazine and Android Central mentioned that it was extremely reflective and prone to glare.

For those looking for a purer Android experience, pre-installed applications and fancy effects appear to be absent. Andrew Vacca of Android Central says “Refreshingly, the Warp Sequent runs Android 4.0 out of the box, and a nearly vanilla experience at that.” This allows the slightly-underwhelming hardware to run Android 4.0 without the stuttering and delays of other similarly spec’d devices.

What about the camera? Well, if you plan to replace your camera with this device, you could be disappointed. PC Magazine notes that “shutter speeds are on the slow side, at 1.2 seconds to capture a photo. Images underwhelm. The camera skews soft instead of noisy, and images have a pinkish cast.” While it is likely good enough for the occasional snapshot or memory, there are plenty of better options available.

In all, the device receives popular reviews among the mid-tier pay-as-you-go devices. Andrew Vacca sums up the device well when he says “For those of you with $200 to burn and the will to sign a two-year contract, the Warp Sequent shouldn't even cross your radar. But for those who want to keep their monthly bills low and would rather pay month-to-month, the Warp Sequent is definitely a valid option.”

The Good: All-day battery life, Android 4.0, sleek design and affordable pricing.

The Bad: Reflective display, weak camera and lack of 4G access.

Operating system
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Warp Sequent's impressive performance and decent midrange specs is a step up for ZTE, but its sluggish 3G speeds and price don't merit a buy.

- Lynn La, Cnet

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Common Questions

ZTE released the Warp Sequent on September 18, 2012.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the ZTE Warp Sequent user manual here.

ZTE backs up the Warp Sequent with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Warp Sequent has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact ZTE support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find ZTE's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The ZTE Warp Sequent's screen size is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


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

5+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ 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), 1650 mAh battery.

Warp Sequent Specs

Release date September 18, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
800/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 768 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.764 W/kg
Body: 1.29 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1650 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
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] 12.7 x 6.5 x 1 cm (5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 262k
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
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 Swype
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 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
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube, Play Store, Google+)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE N861

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