Monsters from Asia: the likable ZTE Blade S7 and its 13MP selfie camera with PDAF
Announced two weeks ago, ZTE's Blade S7 isn't a phone most of us will ever get to meet. From the official ZTE press release, we know that the S7 will be only made available in Thailand at first, and South East Asia subsequently. That's unfortunate, as the S7 is quite likable and has a secret weapon.
5.1.1 Lollipop-based (with MiFavor 3.2 UI) Blade S7 also offers quick access to essential apps and features through gestures that you can perform even when the screen is sleeping (say, draw an "O").The phone's bottom front bezel is outfitted with a fingerprint scanner of the touch type, which works in sync with the software to allow advanced features such as locking specific apps. Like its predecessor, the Android
And the secret sauce? As you no doubt gleaned from the title, the ZTE Blade S7's highlight is its 13-megapixel front-facing camera, which comes with 17 "beautification" options and phase detection auto focus. On the back, there's another 13-megapixel unit, but accompanied with a laser-assisted auto focus contraption.
We have no official word on pricing, but third-party stores already have the S7 up for grabs at about $280, which is a bit on the higher end considering the competition.
This story is part of:Monsters from Asia (49 updates)
9 August Monsters from Asia: the $225 (Lenovo) ZUK Z2 Rio Edition is the cheapest Snapdragon 820 phone
29 June Monsters from Asia: the newly announced Sharp Aquos mini is a compact powerhouse
17 June Monsters from Asia: the Meitu V4s is an edge in a round world
18 May Monsters from Asia: the Aquos Zeta SH-04H is Sharp's summer pitch
11 March Monsters from Asia: The Bluboo Picasso is an obscure, but very well-done, ultra-budget 5-incher