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Our ZTE Blade V8 Review
The ZTE Blade V8 takes everything you love in an Android smartphone and gives it a budget makeover, offering a quality experience at a much cheaper price. The V8 is a great all-rounder that offers some of the best value for money if you’re in the market for an Android device.
Contract, PAYG or SIM Only?
As the ZTE Blade V8 is a budget smartphone, there are a number of options for getting it. Buying it outright will cost you less than £200, meaning it’s perfectly viable if you want to combine it with a SIM-only contract. You’ll also be able to get it on contract at a greatly reduced price compared to some the big hitters from Apple and Samsung. This will cover the cost of the phone as well as your texts, calls and mobile data.
The V8 features a 5.2-inch display that offers a pixel density of 424 pixels per inch. This makes it better than phones of a similar price and is even comparable to more expensive options such as the iPhone 8 in terms of resolution.
Whether you use your phone for streaming, playing games or browsing social media, the ZTE Blade V8’s display is functional for any use. Colours are, on the whole, as accurate as possible and the screen is wide enough to make using it in one hand simple.
If you’ve been a previous ZTE smartphone owner, you’ll notice a significant upgrade in terms of the camera when it comes to the V8. The phone features a dual-lens camera, offering a clearer picture and even allowing you to combine two different photos to create an interesting 3D effect.
When you compare the phone to those in similar price ranges, the Blade V8 improves on them by being able to record 1080p video as well as the ability to take front-facing photos with 13 megapixels and a flash feature.
The ZTE Blade V8 is an unassuming phone to look at but is surprisingly stable and functional. The smooth curved back makes it a comfortable experience and is made from a metal shell that gives the phone a sleek look.
Whilst there’s no water resistance due to the budget price point, the phone is thin enough to keep tucked away in instances where it might get damaged. Overall, the V8 beats most phones in the price range when it comes to look and feel.
The V8 offers an all-around decent performance for the price. This being a budget phone, don’t expect it to be able to run high-powered game, but you will be able to run standard apps like social media and streaming apps like YouTube or Netflix.
The low power of the phone means that battery life is impressive, allowing you to use the phone for extended sessions without the need to charge. If you’re looking to run high-powered apps, you may want to think about spending more. If you’re more of a simple phone user, the V8 is ideal.
Features & OS
The V8 runs on Android, meaning it’s compatible with thousands of different apps from the Google Play Store. These include simple game apps as well as social media like Instagram and Twitter and even streaming apps like Netflix. If you’re a big Google user, the Blade V8 offers a decent Android experience.
Whilst the budget nature of the phone means it doesn't have many special features, the fingerprint scanner offers a secure way of unlocking your phone and keeping it safe.
What we think
The ZTE Blade V8 is yet another quality budget smartphone from ZTE, giving you a premium experience for a fraction of the cost. With an improved camera system, good build-quality and crisp screen, the V8 is a decent option when shopping for a cheaper phone.
ZTE Blade V8 Specification
- Display Size: 5.2"
- Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Display Type: IPS
- Primary Camera Flash: LED
- Primary Camera Resolution: 4160 x 3120
- Primary Camera Megapixels: 13
- Secondary Camera Megapixels: 2
- Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 256GB
- 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Connectivity: HSDPA 850/1900/2100
- 4G Connectivity: LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
- Bluetooth: 4.1
- GPS: A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
- Processor: 1.4 GHz Quad-core & 1.1 GHz Quad-core
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
- Talk Time: Up to 15 hours
- Weight (grams): 141
- Dimensions: 71.5 x 148.4 x 7.7 mm
- Battery Type: Non-removable
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- Sim Type: Nano SIM
- Operating System: Android
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