ZTE jumps onboard the metal cruise with the Blade V7 and V7 Lite smartphones
posted by Luis D. / Feb 22, 2016, 2:00 AM
If you like the feel of cold metal in your hand, you might like what Chinese telecom big shot ZTE has to show you. Freshly introduced at MWC 2016, the Blade V7 and V7 Lite are the latest additions to its Blade line-up, which is about nice looking smartphones with decent specs, targeted towards younger users. They are sold in over 50 countries, but they are yet to arrive on US soil. Anyway, here's more about each of ZTE's new babies.
ZTE Blade V7
Boasting a full-metal body, the Blade V7 flaunts a 1080p-resolution, 5.2-inch screen that's topped off with curved edge glass. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek chip with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The Blade V7 runs the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is commendable and makes for one up-to-date device. There's a 13MP camera with quick phase-detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash on the rear, along with a 5MP cam on the front, while the battery is of 2500mAh capacity. That should make for decent battery life, considering MediaTek's chips are more about power efficiency than scorching performance. The handset will be sold in Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico by the summer of 2016.
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
Being a Lite version, this one is smaller than the Blade V7 and has a 720p resolution, 5-inch display. Designed in Germany and also metallic, the handset features a circular fingerprint scanner for biometric security. Like its bigger brother, the V7 Lite runs Android 6.0, but it opts for a quad-core MediaTek chipset. It still has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, along with 8MP front and rear cameras – both with flash modules. This model will first launch in Russia before becoming available in Mexico, Spain, Germany and Thailand by spring 2016.
The ZTE Blade V7 and V7 Lite will be available in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific) regions, although they will be released at different times in each region. Said times and eventual US availability haven't been announced.
ZTE introduces Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite, with flawless metallic design New design features octa-core chip, PDAF camera, Smart Sense intelligent gesture control.
22 February 2016, Barcelona – ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, today launched the latest iterations in its popular Blade series, the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite, at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. Designed to meet the needs of today’s smartphone users, the two devices are on display at ZTE’s conference booth in Hall 3, 3F30, along with the company’s other pioneering technology for the smart lifestyle of the future.
“We’re proud to unveil the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite to the world at one of our industry’s most global gatherings,” said Jacky Zhang, CEO of EMEA and APAC, ZTE Mobile Devices. “These devices are the latest milestone in how ZTE Mobile Devices develops high-quality and affordable products that users truly need. In our brand’s transformation from business-to-business to business-to-consumer, we put users at the heart of everything we image and create.” ZTE Blade V7
The Blade V7 is slim and sleek: Its full-metal, ergonomic body is only 3.5mm thick at its thinnest edge, sporting a 5.2-inch screen perfect for single-hand use. Its 78.2-percent screen-to-body ratio and 2.5D curved edge glass offers a stunning handful of fun. Blade V7 packs a punch with strong core components and features: powerful octa-core chipsets, 4G LTE plus, 2GB of RAM for ultra-fast entertainment, powerful front and rear PDAF cameras, and expanded Smart Sense intelligent gesture control features. It will be available in Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico by summer of 2016.
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
Smaller than the Blade V7 with a 5-inch display, the Blade V7’s features are anything but “lite.” Designed in Germany, this model comes with a circular fingerprint scanner for security, app quick-launch, and navigation. Like the Blade V7, the V7 Lite also comes equipped with a powerful camera and Smart Sense gesture control. This version will first launch in Russia before becoming available in Mexico, Spain, Germany and Thailand by spring 2016.
The Blade series is aimed at the young and the young at heart in order to meet the needs of the largest group of global consumers. By the end of 2015, more than 30 million Blade phones were shipped in over 50 countries worldwide. As overseas users have higher requirements for product quality, the success of Blade is highly significant.