Mid-range ZTE Blade V8 is announced with dual camera for bokeh effects and 3D photos


We already got to see a couple of new ZTE phones at CES, the ZTE Hawkeye and the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, but it looks like the company had yet one more announcement to make – that of the ZTE Blade V8. What we're dealing with is a new mid-range Android model targeted at the younger crowd, and the camera is looking like its biggest selling point. 

The ZTE Blade V8 has a 13MP front-facing cam with flash for pretty selfies, but the main shooter on this one is undoubtedly more exciting. On the back of the phone we have a dual-camera setup where a main 13MP camera is paired with a 2MP secondary cam. This allows various effects to be applied to the image, including background blur (a.k.a. bokeh) similar to that of professional cameras – nothing new really, but still fun to play with. 

Another feature being highlighted is the V8's ability to take 3D photos. The phone can't display glasses-free 3D, mind you, and we're not really sure what these 3D images will look like, but the press release describes a process where you take multiple photos from different angles which are then combined into a single 3D shot. 

Camera aside, the ZTE Blade V8 has mid-range written all over it. Specs include a Snapdragon 435 chip, a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 2730mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and LTE support across a multitude of bands. Also, the phone will come in two configurations: one with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, and another sporting 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. All that gear is packed inside a metallic body only 0.3 inches (7.7 millimeters) thick at its slimmest point. 

From the looks of it, the ZTE Blade V8 isn't going to launch in the US. And that's okay: US youngsters in need of a budget-friendly Android phone will have the ZTE Blade B8 Pro to consider. The V8 will be available in Russia and Japan by February, followed by releases in Germany, Spain and China by March, 2017.

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Blade V8
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera)
    13 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2730 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat

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