ZTE’s new Blade 11 Prime has wireless charging and not much else for under $200

ZTE’s new Blade 11 Prime has wireless charging and not much else for under $200

ZTE might not be the largest name in smartphones, especially in the United States, but the company continues to sell a lot of budget phones through carriers. ZTE and Verizon-owned Visible partnered earlier this year to release the 5G-capable ZTE Blade X1, and now the company has another phone coming to Visible (and Yahoo Mobile): the $192 Blade 11 Prime. That sounds like it should be the name of a Transformer, but no, it’s a phone.

SpecificationZTE Blade 11 Prime
  • Plastic back
  • “Lightly texturized” for repelling fingerprints
Dimensions & Weight
  • 166 x 76 x 8.7 mm (6.53 x 2.99 x 0.34 in)
  • 190 grams
Display6.52″ 1600 x 720 LCD
SoCMediaTek 6762 (Helio P22)
RAM & Storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion (up to 2TB)
Battery & Charging
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Wireless charging
SecuritySide fingerprint sensor
Rear Cameras16MP+8MP+2MP rear cameras (types unspecified)
Front Camera8MP
PortsUSB 2.0 Type-C, Headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • LTE: B2/4/5/12/13/66
SoftwareAndroid 11

The ZTE Blade 11 Prime is decidedly a budget smartphone, with a suggested retail price of just $192. It has a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, which was first launched in the middle of 2018. You probably shouldn’t buy a $200 phone in 2021 that has the same hardware as a phone that was $200 three years ago, but ZTE is hoping you’ll think otherwise.

The rest of the hardware is about on par for a 2021 budget smartphone. There’s 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for adding more capacity, and a large 6.52-inch 1600 x 720 screen. You also get three rear cameras: 16MP, 8MP, and 2MP. ZTE didn’t reveal what each one does, but one of them is an “80-degree wide angle lens.”

ZTE’s unique selling point for the Blade 11 Prime is that it supports wireless charging, so you can place it on a Qi wireless charger. That is pretty uncommon at this price point, at least in the United States. The $200 BLU G90 Pro supports wireless charging, but the next cheapest phone with Qi support in the U.S. is the iPhone SE 2020 which starts at $399.

The Blade 11 Prime is available starting today from Visible and Yahoo Mobile for $192. However, there are likely better ways to spend your $200. The 2021 Moto G Power has a faster Snapdragon 662 chipset and larger battery, and currently costs $190 carrier-unlocked on Amazon (though it does have less storage than the Blade 11 Prime). The Galaxy A12 is also available at some carriers for under $200, also with a larger battery, though that phone has an older MediaTek Helio P35 chipset.

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Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.