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.
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.
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.