The ZTE Blade X Max is a $149 phone with Android 7.1.1 Nougat

This phone for Cricket Wireless is giving you the latest version of Android on a budget.

It may never get a software update after being released tomorrow, but the ZTE Blade X Max does run Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box.

Before you jump aboard the train we should point out that this a big phone. It measures 6.50 x 3.27 x .37 inches and weighs 196g. The Blade X Max is anything but a lightweight, so keep that in mind if you’re considering this phone. But the larger size and weight is from the display and battery. Both are above average.

The Blade X Max features a 6-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm 435, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 3400mAh battery, a USB-C port with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology, and a fingerprint scanner. Not bad for a device that’s less than $200. And the best part is ZTE implemented Nougat. So, aside from getting components that aren’t garbage in 2017, you’re getting the version of Android running on most high-end phones.

Online and in stores, Cricket Wireless will begin selling the Blade X Max for $149. Bring your number over to the carrier as a new customer and ZTE’s phone will drop to $99.

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.