ZTE ZFive 2 LTE Z836BL / Z837VL Review (TracFone)

ZTE ZFive 2 LTE Z836BL and Z837VL share the same specification and shape, with the difference on the network that it runs (GSM and CDMA). Set those differences aside, this phone does have things to offer other than its 5 inches IPS LCD screen and Android OS.

Key Specs

ZTE ZFive 2 LTE key specifications:

  • 5 inches (720 x 1280 pixels) IPS LCD Display
  • 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917
  • 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage (MicroSD slot up to 32 GB)
  • Runs on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED Flash and a 2 MP front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 5.73″ x 2.88″ x 0.42″; Weight: 5.93 (ounces)
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB 2.0
  • Li-Ion 2800 mAh non-removable battery


Nothing too spectacular on the design, not with its bar touchscreen form factor, which is common for smartphone this day. The size was measured at 5.72” x 2.88” x 0.42”. It weighed 5.93 ounces, which stand on the heavier side but still feel comfortable in people hand.


5 inches IPS LCD screen size is good to look at. Add it with its 720 x 1280 pixels resolution gives clear, crisp and detail picture. Such a clear and detail picture makes the experience of watching the video and playing games far more enjoyable.


Running on Android version 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) operating system allow the user to have access to hundreds of great app in App Store. This version also works great than the previous version but still, it will be so much better if it using the newest Android version.


Two cameras to take picture and record video is just the thing to enjoy from this phone. It has 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera equipped with various camera modes, flash, and auto focus as part of camera features. For video recording purpose, people can record video on its 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps.


To support the phone’s performance, ZTE equipped it with 1.4 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 and 1 GB RAM. It is pretty impressive enough since some smartphone in similar range use only 1.1 GHz.

To gives enough room to store more data and download the app, this phone has 8 GB internal storage and support MicroSD up to 32 GB.

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People want to stay connected with each other easily and this phone makes the whole process run smoothly starting by supporting 4G LTE high-speed internet connection.

Then there is the 3.5 mm jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 4.2 A2DP, A-GPS for pointing out the direction and also microUSB to connect with.


This phone using lithium ion 2800 mAh battery that could stay up to 18 hours of talk time and 16 days of standby time. Those are a nice thing to have but sadly are used the non-removable battery. It means that if the battery is having some serious issue, there is no way to replace the battery only. The user has to bring the whole phone to the technician and some people are uncomfortable with that idea.


Overall, this phone is considered as average. Everything seems to be in order and able to satisfy most people need. Of course, there is always the positive and not so positive side of it. The positive side comes from its pretty impressive processor speed, which is faster than other similar smartphone.

The not so positive side comes from the low camera resolution and also the non-removable battery. If that is not a problem, then this could be the phone for you.


  1. I have had problems with the phone not staying connected to internet it loses connection while online. It had low or poor service


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