ZTE was rumored to team up with T-Mobile in the US to offer an Android Wear-powered smartwatch of its own, and the Android OEM came through with the launch of its ZTE Quartz smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0 earlier this year. Rumors stated the ZTE Quartz would feature LTE connectivity, but it launched without it. Still, though, 3G connectivity is possible, especially because of the Chinese Android OEM’s partnership with T-Mobile. Partnering with carriers is a surefire sign of cellular connectivity of some kind. The Quartz also launched at the affordable price tag of $199, making it one of the most affordable Android Wear-powered smartwatches available. Only ASUS’s ZenWatch series has worn the title of “budget-friendly” so far. Even the ZenWatch 3 is $275, a still rather affordable smartwatch when you look at the rising price tag of mobile devices.
Well, T-Mobile is now offering a fantastic deal on the ZTE Quartz: you can save 75%, or in price terms, $144, on the ZTE Quartz, but only under certain conditions. First, you must agree to a 24-month agreement with T-Mobile, and you’ll pay nothing down but have to pay the remaining balance on the smartwatch if you cancel the agreement or want out early. Next, you’ll pay $8 a month for 24 months but receive a monthly $6 credit (in essence, paying only $2 a month for 24 months, or $48 total) to apply toward the deal.
The ZTE Quartz features a 1.4-inch OLED display with an HD resolution (720p), Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch resistance. A 1.1GHz quad-core processor and a 500mAh battery along with built-in GPS for distance and step tracking along with the standard 4GB of internal storage puts the device in the same category as most other Android Wear smartwatches on the market, though the 500mAh battery is one of the largest in Android Wear.
The ZTE Quartz runs Android Wear 2.0, which means that you’re looking at the same on-screen virtual keyboard, the on-wrist Google Play Store, customizable notifications, and other nifty features. The Quartz is fantastic in its price at $199, but at $48, a good smartwatch has gotten even better.