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ZTE Z Five L LTE Review

James Shisiah

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What We Love

  • 5-inch compact display.
  • A powerful 1.1GHz dual-core processor.
  • MicroSD slot for memory expansion.


The ZTE ZFive L LTE is an Android smartphone for the entry-level market. It has a 5-inch display and comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It promises fast internet speeds with the 4G LTE capability. The phone is made with two variants, one for the CDMA and another for GSM network. So, whether you are close to AT&T or Verizon cell towers, the phone will serve you just fine. Let's dive into our full hands-on review starting with the unboxing.



I ordered my prepaid ZTE ZFive L LTE from Simple Mobile. In the box are the ZTE ZFive L LTE, battery, wall adapter charger, standard USB cable, service guides, quick start guide and activation guide.



Apart from a thin bezel, the ZTE ZFive L LTE exterior design is pretty typical. The back cover has a rubberized feel to it, which feels nice in hand and provides a good grip. The back cover can be removed to show the battery compartment and the slot for the microSD card. The top of the back cover has your camera with its LED flash and the handsfree speaker on the bottom.

Coming onto the frame we have a nano-SIM card tray on the left. To the right edge we have the volume rockers as well as the power button. To the top, we have the headset jack and the noise cancellation mic. The bottom edge has the micro USB/charging port and your microphone as well.

The front panel hosts the 5-inch IPS LCD screen. The top of the display has the front camera lens, earpiece, and proximity sensor. The bottom of the display has the capacitive navigation keys: back key, home key, and the recent apps key.



The ZTE ZFive L LTE features a 5MP back camera with a LED flash and autofocus feature. The autofocus feature will allow your camera to focus faster and take better pictures. The camera app is easy to use. You may switch between default mode and manual mode to enjoy personalized settings like adjusting ISO levels, white balance, special effects. For handsfree shooting, the camera supports smile capture. Other typical features supported include panorama and HDR mode which allows one to capture more details in a photo. Video capture is also quite good, as it can record 720p video resolution at 30fps. The front selfie cam has a 2MP lens which comes in handy for video calling and taking self-portraits in good lighting.



The compact 5-inch IPS display of the ZTE ZFive L LTE will give you a bright access into the digital world. The screen has a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels which I found to be bright for a budget smartphone. With a light sensor attached to the top of the display, the phone will adjust brightness accordingly to allow you to see without much struggle. Of course, it's not the brightest display, but I was able to view texts while outdoors. This is as a result of IPS technology which makes displays visible even in extreme lighting.



The ZTE ZFive L LTE ships with an onboard storage of 8GB with about 4GB available to the user. While that may look disappointing to a few users, it does support storage expansion up to 64GB with an external microSD card. This should be enough to store a lot of user content.



ZTE ZFive L LTE comes with a 2500mAh removable battery. It has a pretty good life as it will give you up to 12 hours of talk time and up to 8 days of standby. With regular use, it was able to last a full workday. Thanks to the fact that it is removable, you are free to carry a spare battery that you can switch if the primary battery runs out.



The most noticeable feature when it comes to performance is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow that the ZTE ZFive L LTE comes running. With more improvements, better multitasking capabilities, and fluid animations that comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, using the ZTE ZFive gadget is enjoyable. It's powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.1GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. The phone is able to achieve all of your daily tasks without much stutter.

Another impressive feature is the 4G LTE connectivity that guarantees fast internet connectivity. Additionally, the faster the internet connection the less power consumption hence your battery will last longer. The call quality is great because of the Verizon and AT&T mobile networks used by Simple Mobile. Typical connectivity features on the ZTE ZFive L LTE include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. For location services and Google Maps navigation, the GPS chip comes in handy.



  • 4G LTE/Wi-Fi/GSM/CDMA.
  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD.
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
  • Battery: 2500mAh removable Li-Ion. Talk time up to 12 hours. Up to 8 days standby time.
  • Camera: 5MP back with LED flash, 2MP front.
  • Internal Storage: 8GB. A dedicated microSD card slot for external memory expansion up to 64GB.
  • RAM:1GB.
  • Processor: 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210.
  • GPU: Mali-T720.
  • Sensors: gyro, proximity, accelerometer, compass.
  • Bluetooth 4.1.
  • GPS/A-GPS.
  • FM Radio.