ZTE Blade V9 and V9 Vita hands-on: the 18:9 mid-rangers are coming, with dual-cameras too5
MWC has just kicked off and we're diving right in. Turns out, so is ZTE. The company has just announced the Blade V9 and V9 Vita smart phones. ZTE's Blade series is a tier under the top-of-the-line Axon series, and as such garners somewhat of a mid-range distinction. ZTE's aim here though, it appears, is to make users forget that, with dual-cameras, quick performance, and 18:9 displays – all of which can be found on the V9 and V9 Vita, but there are some differences to note.
8.1 out of the box, ZTE keeps software tweaks to a minimum in a deliberate effort to make software updates quicker and easier. Still, some home-baked apps exist, like those for power management, and of course the camera, among others.
1.4 Ghz) with 2 GB RAM and 16-gig storage. Both seemed to move swiftly enough through regular phone use and app switching, but naturally we anticipate a much less-than-ideal gaming experience. Of course, further testing will be needed, but our initial impressions and knowledge of the SD 450 and 435 chips don't have us too worried for this mid-ranger.
ZTE's Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita take the company into the next generation of mid-range offerings, seemingly with all the proper fixings. Dual cameras, 18:9 displays, and rear-mounted fingerprint sensors are shared between the two, and mostly slight aesthetic and internal tweaks separate them. Selling for €269 and €179, respectively, the Blade V9 and V9 Vita might be attractive options for the sub-€300 price range. Sadly, there are currently no plans for a U.S. release, but we wouldn't be surprised to see some carrier variants popping up down the line.