ZTE has announced two new budget smartphones at the ongoing Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona today. Dubbed Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite, neither handset goes beyond what you would expect from entry-level handsets. The Blade V8 Mini does, however, sport a dual camera setup at the back, making it a direct competitor to the Huawei Honor 6X.
ZTE Blade V8 Mini Specifications
The Blade V8 Mini has a 13-megapixel primary camera at the back and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The two combine to take photos with bokeh effects and allow for refocusing inside pictures after they have been taken. Naturally, the image quality is something that will only be revealed once the handset gets properly tested, but on paper the V8 Mini is yet another contender for budget phones with dual rear cameras. The front-facing camera is a regular 5-megapixel fixed-focus unit.
Other specs on the device are also quite run-of-the-mill. It is powered by the Snapdragon 435 processor (the only thing other than the dual cameras that stands out) with eight 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores); the device comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via the microSD slot. The display is an 5-inch 720p LCD unit. The phone also features a fingerprint sensor, and the battery is a 2,800 mAh unit. On the software front, the Blade V8 Mini runs Android 7.0 Nougat, with ZTE’s MiFavor 4.2 UX on top. All this housed inside a metal unibody design.
ZTE Blade V8 Lite Specifications
The Blade V8 Lite, which also features a metal body, is the lesser of the two phones here, as the name suggests. It features a single 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The device has a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by the MediaTek MT6750 chipset. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage in the memory department, and a 2,500 mAh battery keeps the lights on. Like the V8 Mini, the V8 Lite runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
ZTE Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite Pricing and Availability
The Blade V8 Mini will be launched in Asia Pacific and European markets, while the V8 Lite will initially be available in Italy, Germany and Spain before a wider rollout. ZTE isn’t saying when these handsets will go on sale and at what price. There is no word on a launch in India, either, and given the slew of more feature-packed budget phones available in India, there is no guarantee we will even see the ZTE handsets make an appearance on our shores.