ZTE Blade A1: First phone from a ‘big’ brand to offer fingerprint security below $100?

When the UMi Fair released, it was the only phone in the sub-$100 range to have a fingerprint scanner. Larger, multinational brands are now stepping up the gas on bringing fingerprint to very basic mid-range phones, and the ZTE Blade A1 is perhaps only the start.

The ZTE Blade A1 is priced at a mere $94 (599 Yuan in China), and comes with a decent spec set besides just the fingerprint sensor. Take a look at the entire spec sheet after the break.

The Blade A1 has a 5-inch 1280 x 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor (the ‘full’ 1.3GHz version, not the throttled 1.0GHz one), 2GB RAM, 16GB on-board storage, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 5 mega-pixel front facing camera and a 2800mAh battery.

It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and measures 42 x 70.2 x 8.9mm with a weight of 137g. To save up on inventory costs, ZTE will be producing only a White version of the phone, at least for now.

It’ll go on sale in China through JD.com starting December 11th. Time for Xiaomi to pull off something magical with the Redmi 3?

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