After shining light on its advancements in the telecom sector, Chinese giant ZTE is today back to unveils its latest smartphones lineup. Sticking to its ideology, the company is releasing two budget smartphones, Blade V8 Mini and the Blade V8 Lite packed with premium features. They are an extension of the existing Blade V8 series and will supplement the V8 Pro (first entrant in the U.S).
Blade V8 Lite
Diving straight into the specifications, the V8 Lite (as shown in the image above) is targetted towards the more younger crowd — who’s looking to pick up their first smartphone. The device includes a 5-inch FullHD display, housed inside this beautiful sleek body with the Zicron-sandblasted back panel, which is inspired by “French upholstery.”
It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. But, you can add more storage, up to 128 GB, using a microSD card. It also packs in a decent 8-megapixel camera on the back along with a 5-megapixel front camera. The Blade V8 Mini pips this variant in the camera department by packing a dual-lens setup — scroll down to know more.
The Blade V8 Mini is powered by a generous 2,500 mAh non-removable battery pack. It runs the latest flavor of Android 7.0 Nougat with ZTE’s custom MiFavor UI on top and includes a fingerprint sensor on the back underneath the camera setup. The devices will be available in gold, black, and silver color variants. It will launch across the European markets this Spring but there is currently no info on the pricing of the same.
Blade V8 Mini
The Blade V8 Mini can be seen as a slightly premium version of the Blade V8 Lite, which is built for camera enthusiasts. Since it has to be a step ahead of the aforementioned device, thus, it includes a larger 5.2-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 440 pixels/inch.
It is powered by a better octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset clocked at 1.4Ghz and coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage. This is similar to the V8 Lite, as the Blade V8 Mini also includes expandable storage support up to 128 GB. This also includes a fingerprint sensor at the back underneath the camera setup.
But, the Blade V8 Mini beats the Lite variant with the inclusion of a dual-camera setup. It includes one 13-megapixel sensor to capture images and another 2-megapixel sensor to capture the depth information. This enables the user to click ‘bokeh’ photographs through their budget smartphone, something which has been popularised by the Huawei P9. The front camera packs the same 5-megapixel lens but ups the ante by adding a LED flash to the setup.
This device also runs of the latest flavor of Android 7.0 Nougat with ZTE’s custom MiFavor UI on top. The Blade V8 Mini will come in red, rose gold, gold and black color variants. It will be available in countries in Asia Pacific and Europe this Spring. No information on pricing and global availability know as of yet.