ZTE had a tough year in 2018 due to the United States Commerce Department’s enforcement of a suspended export ban against it. This alienated ZTE from its US-based suppliers, almost resulting in a total shutdown.
ZTE gave their consent to do some corporate changes and also paid fine, so as to get into business again. Despite this, it hasn’t launched a new phone on carriers in the United States until recently.
ZTE’s first Android phone released for the US market post ban is being sold via Visible, which is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that uses Verizon’s network and offers unlimited service for about $40 per month.
The phone is called “Visible R2“. It’s built around a 720p LCD full view display at 5.45 inch. At the back, it has a rear camera of 13MP supported by a Led flash, with fingerprint sensor mounted at the back. The front has a 5MP selfie camera.
It packs an internal storage of 16GB which can be upgraded to 2TB with the use of microSD card, alongside a RAM space of 2GB. With battery capacity of 3100 mAh, it runs on an operating system of Android Oreo 8.1 and powered by a Qualcomm snapdragon of 425. The price ranges from $99 – $109.