ZTE is Chinese multinational Telecommunications Equipment and Systems Company. It is world’s fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer. Under its brand name, the company has produced a number of phones and tablets in the past few years. It is also an original equipment manufacturer commonly known as OEM. The company deals in both entry level budget phones and mid-range smartphones.
It looks like ZTE is among those few companies who understand the nostalgic feeling people get with flip phones. The company has launched ZTE CYMBAL-T to target the market that is obsessed with retro looking phones with advanced features. The phone is available in the US with Home Shopping Network with contract and Wal-Mart stores without any contract and unlimited data. The phone has the MRP of USD 99.95 which roughly makes Rs.6700/-. It is a 4G enabled phone that runs on Android OS.
Features of ZTE CYMBAL-T
Display and design
The phone comes with 3.5-inch touchscreen display. It is a flip phone with physical buttons as well.
Processor and memory
The phone features a very basic Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It sports 1 GB RAM with 8 GB internal storage which is further expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card.
In a budget phone, you should not expect much on the camera front. The phone packs a basic 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The rear camera supports features like autofocus, digital zoom, and MMS. It also packs a 2-megapixel front camera for selfies and video chat. As this is a 4G phone, the video chat without glitches is possible, but the quality of camera may ruin the experience. The rear camera can capture videos at 720p resolution.
The phone supports single SIM. The phone supports GSM, CDMA, and LTE bands. It can connect to the mobile internet via GPRS, EDGE, 3G and LTE networks. For other connectivity options, it has 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS. It also packs 3.5mm jack without FM radio support. It does not have hotspot support for sharing internet connection.
The phone measures 2.4″ x 4.72″ x 0.72″ and weighs 5.82 oz. It packs a Li-ion 1800 mAh battery. The use ZTE Cymbal-T microUSB 2.0 port for charging. The battery is good enough for 10 hours of talk time and 6 days of standby time. The ZTE Cymbal-T runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The user will get Battery, Battery cover, AC adapter, USB-to-micro-USB charging cable, Quickstart Guide, Activation Card, Services Guide, Welcome letter and Manufacturer’s 1-year limited warranty card along with the Phone in the box.
The flip phones were a big hit during the time of feature phones. With the entry of touchscreen, the charm of flip phones faded away. These phones had a cult following, and most of the users who had experience with flip phones miss the feeling. This is why companies like ZTE revisit the history and bring back the famous formats with additional features. A flip phone with Android OS can be a good choice for a retro lover.