Manufacturer ZTE, famous for its Axon affordable flagships, is planning to make an appearance at the CES 2017 electronics expo, which starts on the 5th of January. It's expected that we will get to see the company's crowdsourced smartphone
— a device that was designed and named based on fan votes (fingers crossed for the name to be Phoney McPhoneface). But ZTE might have a couple more tricks up its sleeve, as evidenced by the set of leaked photos below.
The photographed handset is the yet-unannounced ZTE Blade V8
. It certainly looks interesting — a slim but large metal slab, with a very clean and sleek design. There's a physical home button housing a fingerprint scanner on the front, which is a first for the series. What we see in the photos is a gunmetal gray-like color, but it's said the final product will come in a few different finishes, pink included.
And yes, there's the obvious dual camera module on the top. We spent a bit of time speculating on how it might work, but then found something even better — ZTE's official promotional materials for the device. Spoiler alert: we are about to spill all the details.
So, the ZTE Blade V8 will have a 1.4 GHz, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory. Certainly no specs to write home about, but we are probably looking at a bargain-priced handset here. The dual camera on the back employs one 13 MP sensor and an assistive, 2 MP camera. Thanks to the information that the secondary camera collects during a shot, you will be able to add and tweak bokeh (focus blur) effects after a shot has been made. You will also be able to take a quick picture before even focusing, or take photos of speedy movements, with a high chance of being able to fix the still afterwards, according to the promo materials. To top it off, the Blade V8 will be able to shoot stereoscopic pictures with its dual cameras — 3D photos to be viewed in VR!
The display is a 5.2-inch 1080x1920 screen, which should make for a crisp pixel
-per-inch density of about 420. The selfie camera is nothing to snark at, with a 13 MP resolution. Last but not least, we'll be getting Android 7.0 on board, with ZTE's own MiFlavor UI skin on top.
The previous iteration of the series, the ZTE Blade V7
, was available in Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Whether the V8 will make it to the States this year around is unknown, but we wouldn't hold our breath.