ZTE may not be a name that you may be too familiar with when it comes to smartphones. That is because they did not start out as a smartphone manufacturer. They, like TP-Link started out in the networking business. They make network antennas, modems, and other networking devices. If you are in the know though ZTE does make some smartphones at some pretty compelling pricing.
In Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC 2018) ZTE participated and reveals their new flagship; the Blade V9. The Android Oreo 8.1 equipped device is ZTE’s answer to the growing budget device market. It is also their replacement for the older V8 that was launched last year. Alongside their flagship, they also revealed the even more budget friendly counterpart – the Blade V9 Vita.
The Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita now sport that all-important and popular dual-lens camera set up. Both the devices also share the same screen ratio at 18:9 which happens to be the in thing right now. In terms of outlook the only difference between these two devices are the display size (5.7-inch on V9, 5.45-inch on V9 Vita), and the back finish. Speaking about the back finish, the V9 flagship gets a glass back this time. Not just any glass though; it comes with Aurora glass back to add drama to the show.
Both devices work with Full HD IPS display panels so you can be sure that the displays look good. Other than that and a MicroUSB port at the bottom of both devices, this is where the similarities end. One is more premium than the other obviously.
ZTE Blade V9
The ZTE Blade V9 is obviously the flagship with a Snapdragon 450 compared to the Blade V9 Vita’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 435. The processor is clocked at 1.8GHz at all the eight cores it packs. It is paired to an Adreno 506 GPU and either 3GB of RAM (32GB storage) or 4GB (64GB storage). The 4 series of the Qualcomm Snapdragon line of processors are meant to fit the budget device range. Obviously the price shows on the ZTE Blade V9 at around US$200 (MYR782).
The dual camera unit out the back are a 16-Megapixel sensor paired with a 5-Megapixel sensor that works the beautiful Bokeh effect. The 16-Megapixel sensor has an f/1.8 lens though which means that low light photos should still be workable. It is able to shoot videos at 1080p with 30 frames per second. Pretty standard, but it is not necessarily bad. Those two cameras are paired with a single 8-Megapixel front facing camera for the important selfie.
As mentioned earlier the Blade V9 comes in two variants, 64GB ROM version or the 32GB ROM version. If you do ever run out of space though both the variants can take up to 256GB of MicroSD for expansion.
Powering all that is a non-removable 3,100mAh Li-Ion battery that in theory should last you a whole day. You can even choose from three different colours for the device – Black, Gold, Blue Gray.
ZTE Blade V9 Vita
The sub US$200 device may be cheaper than its bigger, more expensive brother. It still packs a punch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-core processor clocking 1.4GHz on all its cores. That is paired with the Adreno 505 GPU and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM.
It certainly does not sound like much if you do look at it. It is also running the older generation processors for the keen-eyed readers. The older generation budget friendly option of a processor is not exactly bad though. Sure it may not be able to handle as much as, say a Snapdragon 600 series. But the 400 series are not exactly bad either, and the Snapdragon 435 works well too.
Storage options give you either 16GB (2GB ROM) or 32GB (3GB ROM). Of course if that is not enough you can still opt to expand it via MicroSD up to 256GB.
The dual camera set up out the back comprises of a 13-Megapixel and a 2-Megapixel sensor put side by side. There is still LED flash to take photos in low-light conditions. The dual cameras are capable of shooting videos at up to 1080p @30fps. The dual cameras are paired with a 5-Megapixel selfie camera.
Weirdly though this device is fitted with an ever so slightly bigger battery at 3,200mAh.
You can choose between Black, Dark Blue, Blue, Pink.
*currency based on approximate exchange rate of US$1:MYR3.91 as of 28/2/2018