You don’t have too many choices in the US when it comes to tall-ratio smartphones on a budget — the Moto E5 series is on the short list. ZTE believes it can expand your options a little further. It’s launching the Blade Max View (above) and Blade Max 2s (below), both of which offer 2,160 x 1,080 LCD screens, decent 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 processors and 32GB of expandable storage for $200 and $180 respectively. The Max View is definitely the better value of the two, as it touts dual 16MP/2MP rear cameras and stereo speakers where the Max 2s carries a single 13MP rear camera and mono sound.
It might not surprise you to hear that these phones aren’t likely to reach your . Instead, you can buy unlocked versions that support GSM carriers, Sprint and Verizon, going through either ZTE’s online store or online retailers B&H and Newegg. The Max 2s will be available at “select wireless retailers,” too. If there’s a real drawback, it’s that they’re running Android Nougat (on the View) and Oreo (2s) — don’t expect a Pie update on either any time soon.