The ZTE Blade A3Y is an ultra-affordable budget smartphone for Verizon’s Yahoo Mobile
ZTE today announced a new entry-level Android smartphone in the U.S.: the Blade A3Y. The smartphone will be exclusive to Verizon’s Yahoo Mobile prepaid carrier service, which was introduced earlier this year in March as a rebranded version of Visible.
The ZTE Blade A3Y is a basic smartphone with equally unexciting hardware. It’s a perfect choice for a burner phone, elderly people, or just for basic calling or texting purposes. The phone features a 5.45-inch HD+ TFT display with a resolution of 1440 x 720. On the back, you’ll find a single 8MP camera with dual-LED flash while there’s a 5MP cam on the front for your selfie and video-calling needs. Powering the device is a MediaTek Helio A22 (MT6761) quad-core CPU clocked at 2.0GHz, backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card. The ZTE Blade A3Y packs a 2,660 mAh battery which charges via a USB Type C port. Android 10 comes preinstalled on the phone, and you also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Wi-FI calling support.
There are a bunch of Yahoo apps pre-installed on the phone, including ad-free Yahoo Mail, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports with “Watch Together”, Yahoo Finance, and Yahoo Weather.
The ZTE Blade A3Y goes on sale today at an introductory price of $50 from Yahoo Mobile. Those wanting to switch to Yahoo Mobile but don’t have a compatible phone will be able to pick up the Blade A3Y for free, according to the company.
Yahoo Mobile offers only one plan: You pay $40 per month for unlimited data, text, and calling — a much better price than Verizon’s $65 unlimited plan.