2016 was a great year for ZTE, as it garnered a lot of attention and raving reviews for it’s flagship ZTE Axon 7 Premium and the budget offering Axon 7 mini. Focus have been on the design, spec and Audio.
Moving on, ZTE is offering a great mid ranger from the Blade series aka Blade V8 Pro. It’s up for pre-order in the US for $229 or Rs. 15,000. ZTE stated at the event, “It’s a mid-ranger that you’d get for someone that wants features found in Flagships but also will save money in the end.”
The Key highlight for the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is it’s Dual Camera. Looks like Dual Camera setup is the new swag. After ZTE’s Axon series flaunted dual cameras, its the Blade series is also getting Dual Cameras. The trend however was started By Huawei with it’s Honor 8 and the Huawei P9.
The V8 Pro sports dual 13 MP rear cameras, the idea is the same found in Huawei’s P series. Where one of the lens calculates the depth of field and the other lens take care of colors and details. One can create a great bokeh effect in the background by changing the focus before and after the shot. The lowest aperture makes the background blurry, giving the images DSLR look.
A software feature also allows one to change the focus to foreground or background after the shot is taken. There is a single lens, 8 MP selfie shooter at the front.
The design looks decent, and the extra grip textured back is a fresh take, compared to the standard metal and glass option. The back side looks more like the Motorola Moto G4 Plus.
The ZTE Blade V8 Pro flaunts a 5.5 inch Full HD display. The front also features a fingerprint sensor integrated in the home button.
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 Chipset clocked at 2.0 GHz, coupled with 3 GB of ram. The processor and Ram combination is same as found on the Asus Zenfone 3. Storage wise the phone offers 32 GB of internal storage with an option of expanding upto 128 GB.
The V8 Pro runs on 3140 mAH battery pack. Its quite standard for a 5.5 inch smartphone. Fortunately it doesn’t skimp out on ports and sports the voguish USB type-C and 3.5 mm audio jack. Unfortunately it ships with the Android Marshmallow 6.0 instead of Android N 7.0.
Overall its a great package and can be a strong contender to the newly released Huawie Honor 6X.