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ZTE Maven 2: Pros and Cons

Android OS v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
Adreno 304
1 GB / 8 GB
5 inch (480 x 854 px)
5 MP, 2592 x 1944 px, autofocus

ZTE announced the launch of the Maven 2 smartphone in 2016. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5 inch TFT display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 SoC, and 1 GB of RAM. The Maven 2 series was launched with Android OS v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) pre-installed, but it is upgradable. The 5 inch phone comes with a TFT display (480 x 854 px). This smartphone has a single camera on the back (5 MP, 2592 x 1944 px, autofocus).

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the ZTE Maven 2 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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ZTE Maven 2 specifications

BrandZTE
NameMaven 2
ModelZ831
Release date2016

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.86 oz
Dimensions5.73 x 2.87 x 0.43 inch
Colorsgray
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of ZTE Maven 2 is about 5.86 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a small chipcard for a subscriber identity module (SIM).

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
CPUQuad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUAdreno 304

The ZTE Maven 2 comes with Android OS v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) out of the box. Google has integrated many services with Android. These include Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive. The mid-range CPU can deliver fast, efficient performance for many tasks. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

Display type, size, resolution

Display typeTFT
Screen size5 inch
Resolution480 x 854 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5 inch phone comes with TFT display. A thin-film transistor (TFT) features a thin-film transistor for each individual pixel. The 5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM1 GB
Internal storage8 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The Maven 2 has only 8 GB. You can expand the internal storage (8 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

Cameras, flash

Main camera5 MP, 2592 x 1944 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera2 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Maven 2 does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radiono
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The ZTE Maven 2 supports 4G/LTE networks. The phone is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Maven 2 smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. The GPS allows this smartphone to find their exact location. It provides accurate navigation and mapping. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2300 mAh

The Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. You can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by yourself.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, light, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). The light sensor detects the level of light in the environment.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this ZTE phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • TFT display
  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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