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ZTE adds fingerprint sensor to new $99 smartphone


ZTE’s new Zmax Pro phablet with fingerprint sensor is currently available for pre-orders for just $99.

According to a recent report from Engadget, the device offers an octa-core Snapdragon 617 CPU with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with a 13-megapixel camera and fingerprint sensor on the back and a 5-MP front camera.

The Zmax Pro also offers dual-SIM card slots, a 3400 mAh battery, a USB Type-C charging port and runs Android Marshmallow.

“Affordability is part of our DNA,” said ZTE’s CEO Lixin Cheng.

Earlier this year, research firm Acuity Market Intelligence said that more than 200 smartphones incorporating fingerprint, iris, and eye-vein biometrics been introduced since Q1 2013 under 70 brand names including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, TCL, Oppo, Vivo, and ZTE. At the time, Acuity projected that 600 million biometric smartphones were in use representing 28% of the global installed base.

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