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ZTE Blade A1 is the world's cheapest smartphone to feature a fingerprint scanner

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ZTE Blade A1 is the world's cheapest smartphone to feature a fingerprint scanner
ZTE this week officially announced the Blade A1, a very affordable smartphone with a rare feature for its class. The handset has a fingerprint scanner on the back - we've never seen a sub-$100 smartphone to have this, and, since the Blade A1 will cost just $94 (599 CNY) in China, it can be considered the cheapest smartphone to feature a fingerprint reader.

According to ZTE, the fingerprint sensor of the Blade A1 can unlock the device in 0.3 seconds, so it should be quite fast. For now, we can't test this, as the new handset isn't available to buy yet. It will go on sale later this month via JD.com (one of China's largest online retailers), which is already accepting reservations.

Fingerprint scanner aside, the Blade Z1 is a pretty modest plastic-made smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch 720p display, LTE, dual SIM support, a 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2800 mAh battery. The handset runs Android Lollipop (customized by ZTE), and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz.

At the moment, we don't know if the ZTE Blade A1 will be released outside of China. If it will, it's probably going to be a little bit more expensive than in China, though it should still be very cheap.


source: JD (translated)

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posted on 03 Dec 2015, 20:30 1

2. Tziggy14 (Posts: 442; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


I'm sure this fingerprint scanner is crap quality if the phone is that cheap. There's a reason why Apple, Samsung, and Huawei charge more for phones with the feature. It costs more to get the good components for high and fast accuracy.

posted on 04 Dec 2015, 03:49

17. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Is Apple's scanner well accurate?

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 21:18

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 1860; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Fingerprint quality is questionable... I would pay tho 20 dollars more for it to include the 6752/53 processor.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 22:40

11. NFSHesham (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


The 6752/3 have problems with image processing , battery life and heat

posted on 04 Dec 2015, 01:18

15. vazzzz (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Umi Fair is cheaper

posted on 04 Dec 2015, 03:50

18. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


But this has better specs!

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:31

19. bubblechaos (Posts: 114; Member since: 04 May 2015)


This phone will be a you get what you pay for.

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 05:04

20. PeteScoff (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Nov 2015)


It's already in presale on geekbuying for $129. I guess that's the price to the rest of the world.

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