ZTE launches the Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita: budget-friendly wide screens, dual cameras

ZTE launches the Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita: budget-friendly wide screens, dual cameras
ZTE is well-known for offering bargain devices — from the most powerful flagships to its entry-level phones, we usually expect to see a bang-for-the-buck ratio between hardware and price. The company has just announced its brand-new midrangers at MWC 2018 — the Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita. Let's see what they have in store for us!

The ZTE Blade V9 is a shiny, shiny phone for sure. It sports a metal body sandwiched between two glass panels. On the back, we have a dual camera and a fingerprint scanner, while the front greets us with a 5.7-inch, 18:9 display with a resolution of 1440 x 2160 pixels.

Under the hood, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 beats to the frequency of 1.8 GHz. The phone has two variants — 32 GB of storage with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage plus 4 GB of RAM. This is all juiced by a 3,100 mAh battery.

In the camera department, we have a 16 MP main sensor on the back, assisted by a 5 MP secondary camera that picks up depth data. ZTE proudly boasts that the snapper can make magic in low-light scenarios and capture those shots in the club or under the stars with no issue. On the front, there's an 8 MP camera for detailed selfies.

The phone comes with Android 8 Oreo out of the box. A bit surprisingly, however, its data port is a micro-USB connector, which is a bit of a letdown. But hey, since we are talking about connectors from the past — you will be happy to know that the Blade V9 does feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

The Blade V9 Vita is mostly the same phone, though slightly smaller and underpowered, but also cheaper. Its 18:9 display has a 5.45-inch diagonal, its processor is an octa-core, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 435, and its storage variants have been bumped down to 16 GB memory with 2 GB of RAM or 32 GB of memory plus 3 GB of RAM. Surprisingly, however, the handset sports a slightly bigger battery — 3,200 mAh. The cameras on the Blade V9 Vita are a 13 MP main snapper with a 2 MP assistant on the back and a 5 MP one on the front.

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The ZTE Blade V9 and V9 Vita will be available in select markets at launch — parts of Europe, Mexico, and China —, though, we have seen the Blade V9 visit the FCC so it may or may not be headed for the US as well. Their prices start at €269 (around $330) for the Blade V9 and €179 (around $220) for the Blade V9 Vita.

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