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ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on

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ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
Currently, Cricket Wireless customers are relishing on the respectable Huawei Mercury, but it appears as though ZTE is readying a device that’s sure to compete against it. Although it has yet to become official, we’re told that the ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 is headed to Cricket’s lineup sometime in the future, bringing along some appealing specs that should no doubt capture the attention of Cricket customers.

Hardly flinching from the usual design elements we’ve seen in the past, the ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 sports an all-plastic body, with a glossy trim bezel and soft touch back cover. Certainly, it’s not the most solid device we’ve had the opportunity to check out, but nevertheless, it contributes to a light weight feel in the hand. Not something that we see from a ZTE device, the handset’s 4-inch WVGA LCD display no doubt stands out most for its size – so yeah, we’re comforted to see that on this one. Even better, the NOVA 4.0 V8000 is powered by a beefy single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, and combining its stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience, it runs pretty smooth with barely a hitch to its performance.

ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on


For an ICS device, especially a stock one, it’s rather strange to find it flaunting the usual set of Android capacitive buttons – as opposed to being integrated with the interface. So yeah, they seem cramped and prone to accidental presses. Outside of that, the smartphone also features an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1,900 mAh battery, Bluetooth, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, and Wi-Fi.

ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on
ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 hands-on


No pricing has been attached to the device, but if it’s going to be competing against the Huawei Mercury, it’ll more than likely be priced under $300 no-contract. Still, we’re only waiting for an official confirmation for this device’s arrival on Cricket Wireless at this point.

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posted on 08 May 2012, 16:35

1. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 May 2012)


wish these cheap brands would come to jamaican carriers so we can get some more android & wp7 in our blood at reasonable costs.

posted on 08 May 2012, 17:10

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Impressive Cricket. And I don't find it unusual that OEMs are keeping physical/capacitive buttons even though many are upgrading to ICS. I for one am glad that they are.

posted on 08 May 2012, 17:42

3. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Wish ZTE would make a high end stock Android device that is super thin with a great camera, display, and processor.
Stock Android. Nerdgasm.

posted on 08 May 2012, 23:22

4. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


another ugly phone

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:27

5. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


ICS is a great Android upgrade. Some of the "big" manufacturers would do well to take notice and drop the skins on it, particulary on their mid to lower tier offerings like this model has. It would help the smoothness so much.

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