24 February 2021
ZTE has announced a new 5G phone in the US on Visible, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator. It is the ZTE Blade X1 5G that is launched for just $384.
ZTE Blade X1 5G features a punch-hole on the top-left corner of the display and carries four cameras on the back. The four cameras are arranged in a 2x2 array format in a square module. The quad-camera setup includes a 48MP primary sensor supported by an 8MP lens and two 2P lenses. The fingerprint scanner is also mounted on the rear panel in an oval shape. On the front, there is a 16MP camera.
ZTE Blade X1 5G features a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Snapdragon 765G processor and coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that is expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card.
The ZTE Blade X1 5G runs Android 10 out-of-the-box. It is currently unknown if the device will be upgraded to Android 11 in the near future. The phone carries a 4,000mAh battery capacity and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-C port for charging. Some noteworthy specs and connectivity options include DTS: Ultra audio, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi calling.
The price of the ZTE Blade X1 5G is $384 or you can spend $16 per month for 24 months to get the phone. In case you are not on the Visible network, you can port your current number from an eligible carrier and receive a $150 prepaid MasterCard and an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Visible offers good 5G support at no additional cost but unfortunately, up until now, only high-end models came on this network, including the Galaxy S20 or iPhone 12 series. Speeds are capped at 200Mbps. But Blade X1 5G from ZTE is unlikely to reach these speeds as it does not support mm-Wave 5G, so it is not able to connect to Verizon’s Ultra Wideband network. You can learn more about being on the Visible network from its official site.