ZTE Zip: Compare pricing, specifications and availability

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The ZTE Zip is priced to sell, and could be a good match for phone buyers on a very strict budget.

ZTE Zip at a glance

When does the ZTE Zip come out? It’s available as an Optus exclusive right now.
What’s new about the ZTE Zip? An Optus exclusive, the ZTE Zip is a super-low cost Android phone that can get you onto the Optus 4G Plus network without making a big dent in your bank account.
How much does the ZTE Zip cost? $79 outright

What is the ZTE Zip?

The ZTE Zip is an Android smartphone available at bargain basement prices, exclusively on the Optus network. The handset itself is made by Chinese company ZTE, one of the top five smartphone manufacturers in that region.

It's small, with a 4-inch TFT screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution and it weighs in at just 127g. Despite that, it's compliant with Optus' speedy 4G Plus network, so you can get download speeds of up to 150Mbps via the Zip.

Is the ZTE Zip powerful?

In a very real way the answer is no. The ZTE Zip isn't going to give Usain Bolt a run for his money no matter what the Optus marketing campaigns might want you to think.

But is the Zip powerful for a $79 phone? We'll the processor is a MediaTek Quad-core running at 1.0GHz and there's 1GB of RAM, so for the price it's actually quite impressive. It's certainly on the same level of other budget priced phones, even the ones costing twice as much as the Zip.

You've also got 8GB of storage and you can bump that up to 32GB using a MicroSD. The ZTE Zip also isn't bad when it comes to music, happily playing MP3 and having an old-school FM radio option. But that 4G Plus connectivity is the big selling point here.

Does the ZTE Zip have a good camera?

There's a 5 megapixel camera on the rear and a 2 megapixel front camera so it's decidedly par for the course when it comes to entry level phones.

You'll be able to share images taken on the ZTE Zip on social media easily, but we're not going to recommend it purely on the basis of what it's offering in terms of photography.

How do I charge the ZTE Zip?

The ZTE Zip uses a very standard MicroUSB port like the majority of smartphones that haven't made it over to the wonderful world of USB-C yet.

The battery itself is definitely on the small side at just 1600mAh. Of course, the smaller low-res screen and lower powered CPU mean you'll get a fairly good lifespan from it. It also has the added bonus of being replaceable.

Is the ZTE Zip water resistant?

That's a big no, we're sad to say. You'll need to keep an eye on the ZTE Zip when you're around water, because it has no inbuilt water resistance at all, but that again is to be expected at this price point.

When will the ZTE Zip be available in Australia?

You can get the ZTE Zip right now exclusively from Optus.

How much does the ZTE Zip cost?

The ZTE Zip is sold outright through Optus for just $79. Alternatively Optus also offers an Afterpay option of four payments of $19.75.


ZTE Zip Specifications

Product Name
ZTE Zip
Display Size
4.5-inch TFT
Resolution
400x800
PPI
198.7 ppi
Processor
MTK 1.0GHz quad core CPU
RAM
1GB
Storage
8GB, with 32GB expandable option
Operating System
Android 5.1
Front camera
2MP
Rear camera
5MP
Battery
1,600mAh
Dimensions
125 x 64.6 x 10.8mm.
Weight
127g
Price
$79

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