ZTE announces Blade Force for Boost Mobile

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ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the US, has announced that it has expanded its award-winning Blade smartphone series with the affordable ZTE Blade Force, the company said. At a price of $130, it is a no non-sense device that features the bare minimum entry level specs.

The ZTE Blade Force is equipped with a 5.5 inch IPS display that has a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

Available online starting today, the standard-looking handset packs a respectable 3000mAh battery, most likely good for at least a day's work of autonomy, since the 720p screen and quad-core Snapdragon 427 processor aren't exactly big power hogs. This is mated with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

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The phone has a 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The handset runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 with nearly no ZTE specific features.

ZTE has not announced whether they will launch the Blade Force smartphone outside the United States. The battery is even rated to provide up to 23.5 hours of talk time. Besides, the phone offers 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 ac/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/AGPS, 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port.

What ZTE is boasting about this phone is that it has HPUE (High Performance User Equipment) technology that is usually found in the more expensive devices.

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Although ZTE has not confirmed anything, the Blade Force is unlikely to make its way outside the US.

For those who don't know, customers using a HPUE-enabled smartphone will have a better overall experience on the Sprint network (on which Boost Mobile operates) with potentially increased coverage, faster speeds, and smoother streaming experience.

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