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ZTE Boost Max goes official, costs $300 contract-free with LTE and 5.7-inch screen

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Boost MaxWell, that sure didn’t take long. ZTE unveiled the ridiculously named Iconic Phablet at CES three weeks ago, then the “beast” leaked to the press on its way to Boost Mobile, and now it’s already out. Fortunately, it’s also rebranded, as the Boost Max.

Lackluster moniker, but far less goofy than “Iconic Phablet”. Besides, I’m certain you’ll look past all the marketing mumbo-jumbo once hearing of the phone’s price: $299.99 free of contract restrictions. Naturally, you’ll need to activate it on Boost, complete with one of the carrier’s prepaid plans, but if you get bored with the handheld (or network), just say the word.

Believe it or not, the Boost Max is not all about affordability, touting a massive 5.7-inch IPS display with HD (aka 720p) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The 8 MP rear-facing camera is no pushover either, plus there’s 4G LTE support.

Too bad the software is a little outdated – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – and the 1.2 GHz dual-core chip… let’s be kind and say mediocre. 3,200 mAh battery? Much, much better. 1 GB RAM, 8 GB on-board storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Dolby Digital Plus Sound? Not bad, though not exactly high-end material. Good enough for 300 bucks? Damn straight.

Via [Boost Mobile]

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