ZTE Tempo X is an affordable all-day Android Nougat phone

There is a lot of media focus, unsurprisingly, on top of the line smartphones that have now almost reached four-digit prices. Not everyone, however, needs all the bells and whistles those expensive devices offer. Even fewer will actually be able to afford them. Some need a simple, serviceable communication device that gets the job done with little fuss and won't die on you half way through the day. If you're a Boost Mobile subscriber, you're in luck because ZTE just launched the Tempo X exactly for that purpose.

We'll mince no words. The ZTE Tempo X is an entry-level, budget-friendly Android smartphone. Which is a nice way of saying "low-level". It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdraogon 810, with 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of thankfully expandable storage. The 5.0-inch display has a resolution of 854x480 pixels, a.k.a. FWVGA. And the 5 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera won't make photos flattering. You definitely can't go lower than that.

So why bother? For one, you get a 2,200 mAh battery inside. Considering how "energy efficient" the specs are, you're bound to last more than a day from a full charge. And you aren't getting some outdated Android version either. Right out of the box comes Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the next to the latest version.

But at the end of the day, it really boils down to price. The Tempo X costs only $79.99, which is probably one of the most accessible price tags you'll see in a more or less recent Android phone. And if you "Make the Switch" to Boost Mobile until November 2, you can get two lines of unlimited talk, text, and data plus 3 GB of LTE data per line for only $50. It's back for your buck, which is pretty small buck in this case.