ZTE Unveils New Mid-Range Blade V9 Series at MWC 2018

ZTE brings premium features to its mid-range Blade line

The ZTE Blade V9 looks like every other phone, but at €269 that's just fine

The ZTE Blade V9 Vita does include a fingerprint sensor on the back and a 3.5mm headphone jack, features you don't even get in the high-end iPhone X. That's the cutoff price point for the Blade line, with the more premium Axon tier running $400 and up.

On the camera front, the ZTE Blade V9 Vita features a combination of 13 Megapixel + 2 Megapixel cameras as Primary Camera of the phone. Aside from this, not much separate the two in terms of looks. Both the phones come with full screen 18:9 displays with a screen-to-body ratio of up to 83.6%. Having said that, both the ZTE Blade V9 and Blade V9 VITA sport fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) displays, the Blade V9 comes with a 5.7-inch display, while the Blade V9 VITA offers a 5.45-inch display. The V9 Vita, on the other hand scales down slightly to 5.5 inches with an HD+ (1440x720) resolution. ZTE USA has rolled out this new device that runs on the lighter Android platform. Still, some home-baked apps exist, like those for power management, and of course the camera, among others. The top-end variant of the Blade V9 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, whereas the lower-end variants are available with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Under the hood is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 processor under the hood. Inside the Blade V9′s shell lives a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor, 3,100mAh battery, FM radio, and NFC. We know how most OEMs are jumping on the Android Go bandwagon and this Chinese OEM which is the fourth biggest in the USA won't be last. Of course, further testing will be needed, but our initial impressions and knowledge of the SD 450 and 435 chips doesn't have us too anxious for this mid-ranger. A 2-megapixel camera sits on the frontside of the phone. It has a 16 MP sensor at the back that is assisted by a 5 MP secondary camera. ZTE says that these cameras combine to offer "exception low-light" performance. The dual cameras also facilitate the capture of depth-of-field portrait shots. Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter, complete with optional interpolation, up to 13MP. Providing an optimized experience with Android Oreo (Go edition), the ZTE Tempo Go is sold unlocked for GSM/UMTS/LTE networks and is available online at www.zteusa.com/TempoGo for $79.99.

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