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ZTE Blade A1 smartphone to sell for 85 Euros

ZTE Blade A1 smartphone to sell for 85 Euros
ZTE Blade A1 smartphone to sell for 85 Euros
The recently announced Blade A1 will come with MicroSD support, LTE, 8 MP front-facing camera, and even a fingerprint sensor.

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has announced the 5-inch Blade A1 for just 600 Yuan or the equivalent of just 85 Euros. Specifications include:

  • 5-inch 720p capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.3 GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC
  • ARM Mali T720 graphics
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD support up to 128 GB
  • Rear 13 MP f/2.2 w/ Flash + front 8 MP camera
  • 2800 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 142 x 70.2 x 8.9 mm
  • 137 g

Highlights include the 2 GB RAM, LTE support, and fingerprint reader, all of which are unprecedented on a smartphone retailing for less than 100 Euros. The manufacturer promises a detection time of just 0.3 seconds when using the fingerprint sensor and a 160-degree wide-angle front-facing camera for group pictures. Our recently reviewed Bluboo Xtouch also includes a fingerprint sensor that functions without any issues, albeit the smartphone retails for roughly $170 USD or roughly twice that of the new ZTE.

Exactly when or if the Blade A1 will make its way outside of China, however, is current unknown. ZTE is facing an uphill battle in its domestic territory against heavyweights like Huawei, Xiaomi, and Lenovo.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-12- 4 (Update: 2015-12- 4)