Irvine, Calif. — Boost Mobile, one of Sprint’s no-contract brands, has launched its first phablet, the ZTE-made BoostMax with 5.7-inch 1280x720 HD IPS display and a price tag of $299.
The Android 4.1 phone features 4G LTE, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB embedded memory, 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p video capture and 1-megapixel front camera with 720p video capture.
The BoostMax is promoted as the only phablet or smartphone currently available to U.S. consumers with the ability to open and operate any two apps at the same time. It’s also said to be is the first prepaid U.S. smartphone with Dolby Digital Plus audio technology, which delivers surround sound through built-in speakers and headphones, and enhances clarity and dialog.
Other key features include stereo Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low-energy profile), 3,200 mAh battery, and Swype for faster text entry.
The phone operates in 4G mode in Sprint’s 340 LTE markets.
The phone is available in stores that sell only Boost Mobile products, select independent wireless retailers and at BoostMobile.com/Max. The device will be available through national retailers in mid-February, a spokesperson said.
The phone with the largest screen offered by Boost in the past was the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III.