ZTE Blade S6 Plus hands-on


The ZTE Blade S6 Plus is a larger version of the Blade S6, offering an affordable 64-bit Android phablet-class handset. Aside from the larger display, and thus – body, it doesn't differ much from its smaller sibling, in terms of specs.

Design and Display


The ZTE Blade S6 Plus has a design language reminiscent of the iPhone 6 Plus, with its curved sides, round home button, and flat back. Its body is plastic with a faux-aluminum finish. The home button is neat, as it glows in blue and the Android "Menu" and "Back" capacitive keys are disguised as small dots on both sides of it.

The display measures at 5.5" across its diagonal, and sports a 1080 x 1920 resolution, bringing its PPI density up to the crisp 400. The display offers nice, vivid colors, and good viewing angles.

Processor, memory and interface


Just like the Blade S6, the Plus sports a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615, this time clocked at 1.5 GHz. We'd say we find this Qualcomm SoC to be a pretty adequate one that can take some abuse. It has 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage – surprisingly, less than what the 5” Blade S6 offers, but at least the S6 Plus still takes microSD cards of up to 128 GB, however.

The phone comes with a ZTE custom interface laid on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The UI is light, minimalistic, intuitive, and generally snappy.

Expectations


A nice offering for those looking to grab a 64-bit phablet without shelling out too much cash. The Blade S6 Plus even has the looks to boot with the cool aluminum-like finish and glowing capacitive keys. It sports a FHD resolution, as opposed to its smaller sibling, so the screen is crisper, but we're not sure how we feel about the smaller internal storage.



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10 Comments

1. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Looks like iphone 6 plus.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

As an Android user I am fed up with manufacturers copying the stupid iPhone. Looking like an iPhone makes me not want to buy your product because I don't want someone asking me "Is that an iPhone?" and then I have to have five minute conversation afterwards trying to explain to them what it is.

6. roywang

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

zte s6 website?? ztes6.com??

7. leslie9087

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

efox-shop.com

2. frontlyna

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

I really LOVE phonearena, but GODD**N, John V.'s voice is annoying! (stuffy noise)plaaaastic...

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30955; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ip6 clone

5. AlikMalix unregistered

From the rounded sides, to the charger end, to the UI colors and the round home button - do consumers really buy phones because they LOOK like an iPhone (is this a feature)?

10. mikesmith0902

Posts: 3; Member since: May 23, 2015

Whatever the reason for making the Blade 6S and the 6S plus an iPhone clone, there's no denying it offers an exceptional spec for the asking price.

8. isabellatilton

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

it's said will next monday debut on Ebay this time.

9. mikesmith0902

Posts: 3; Member since: May 23, 2015

There are a few inaccurate comments in that review, first the ZTE Blade 6S Plus only has an HD screen not a full HD screen, the internal memory is the same as the Blade 6 i.e. 16gbs not 8gbs, plus the phone supports dual Micro SIMs not Nano SIMs as in the 6S. The Amazon U.K. price is £183.99.

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