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ZTE Blade S6

Specifications

ZTE Blade S6
ZTE Blade S6 (Blade Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 12 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: microSD max. 32GB, Sensors: motion sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, compass, position sensor, GPS
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS dual-band (900/2100 MHz), LTE penta-band (800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz); bandwidth (download/upload): 150Mbps/50Mbps (LTE). 42Mbps/5.76Mbps (UMTS);
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.7 x 144 x 70.7 ( = 0.3 x 5.67 x 2.78 in)
Battery
9 Wh Lithium-Ion, non-removable, 2400 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: 5.0MP, videos @1080p (front); 13.0MP, AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: rear-sided speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB cable, charger, eject tool, 24 Months Warranty, dual-SIM, FM radio
Weight
134 g ( = 4.73 oz / 0.3 pounds), Power Supply: 47 g ( = 1.66 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
259 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 75.75% - good
Average of 12 scores (from 20 reviews)
price: 82%, performance: 69%, features: 71%, display: 85% mobility: 81%, workmanship: 69%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the ZTE Blade S6

83% ZTE Blade S6 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Short blade. ZTE's Blade S6 is located in the upper mid-range. The 5-inch smartphone wants to attract buyers with plenty of RAM, a high-resolution camera, and decent performance. Find out in our review why the phone from China is not very enduring.
60% ZTE Blade S6 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The ZTE Blade S6 may be faster than the 3rd Gen Moto G, but when Motorola's handset is better made and has a superior camera and battery life, the money you save with the Blade S6 starts to feel like a false economy. There's also the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 to consider, which is arguably better value than both handsets as long as you don't mind switching to Vodafone. The Blade S6 certainly hits hard in the budget smartphone arena, but it lacks the stamina to really go head-to-head with Android's cut-price heavyweights.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/21/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% ZTE Blade S6
Source: Gadgetspeak English
While the big boys in the arena of Smartphone manufacturing tend to price their hardware at a level that many of us find incompatible with our financial constraints, other manufacturers of these “must-have devices” have a more economically viable approach to the pricing of their various models.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80%
70% ZTE Blade S6 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
We like what the ZTE Blade S6 is about. It wants to get you something a bit snazzier and more powerful than an ‘upper-entry’ level model like the Motorola Moto G, while still staying significantly below £200. We’re just not all that sure about how ZTE has handled it. The custom UI feels a little unprofessional in parts, and some of the custom software loaded onto the ZTE Blade S6 is rubbish.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 60%
70% ZTE’s $299 4G Blade S6 reviewed
Source: Gadgetguy English
While the name could certainly do with some work — seriously ZTE, you’re not fooling anyone that this is an S6 — as could the style and design — again, you’re not fooling anyone that this isn’t an iPhone — ZTE’s take on what constitutes a mid-range phone for a less-than mid-range price is intriguing, and would certainly be compelling for someone keen for a new phone who has no qualms about trying a brand that isn’t totally recognisable.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 100% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 60%
84% ZTE Blade S6 4G – Review
Source: Cool Smartphone English
It has been nice to use the ZTE Blade S6 over the last week as it has been refreshing to see such a new phone from a Chinese manufacturer coming straight to market. Beyond the initial launcher it is a clean(ish) Android Lollipop experience. Whilst it does have some shortcomings in a few areas, this is a good all-round device. If only it had a slightly better battery then it would not be that far off being a genuine Mid tier champion.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 82% ergonomy: 83%
70% ZTE Blade S6 review
Source: IT Pro Portal English
Obviously, given the interior excellence, compromises would have to be made to keep the ZTE competitively priced. You’ll find those compromises most evident within the design, screen and battery power the phone affords. But the phone truly excels in other areas. Especially thanks to an exceptional combination of software and hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
ZTE Blade S6 4G – Unpacking
Source: Cool Smartphone English
t’s another day and the review kit is coming thick and fast. Today we have the ZTE Blade S6 4G, an affordable Android Lollipop phone sitting in the mid level price bracket (currently £189 on Amazon). The phone is available now, and we had a brief hands on with this phone whilst at MWC in March. We were (say that 3 times fast) quite taken with it
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/23/2015
ZTE Blade S6 reviewed, a budget Lollipop iPhone?
Source: Fudzilla English
The ZTE Blade S6 is an interesting package – it’s a good all-round performer, but it doesn’t stand out in any department. Some may argue that this is sort of the point of mid-range devices, and we feel ZTE just wanted to design a straightforward phone with a good price tag. There’s nothing wrong with that and we like what they came up with.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/10/2015
80% ZTE Blade S6 4G Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
The Blade S6 is a decent mid-range handset, packing the major features that you’d expect such as 4G support. At around £170 it’s worthy competition for the Moto G, packing a similarly bright 5-inch 720p screen and a reasonably reliable 13-megapixel camera, although we’re not sold on ZTE’s Android tweaks and the plastic shell scuffs up rather easily.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/04/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% ZTE Blade S6 review
Source: Techradar English
ZTE has turned out a highly capable Android smartphone for a very reasonable price. In terms of power and photographic capabilities, it wipes the floor with the Motorola Moto G, which is only a little cheaper. However, ZTE could learn a thing or two about design from the current budget champ, as the Blade S6 simply doesn't look or feel very nice in the hand.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/22/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% ZTE Blade S6 review: This dual-SIM iPhone 6 lookalike runs Android Lollipop and offers 4G LTE at a great price
Source: PC Advisor English
At a touch over £150 the ZTE Blade S6 is a great-value Android Lollipop phone with strong general performance and an attractive iPhone 6-like build. Dual-SIM and 4G LTE connectivity, a selection of smart gestures and a capable Sony camera all add to this phone's appeal, but its battery life is no better than average and we're not so keen on the idea of having all our apps by default laid bare on the home screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
ZTE Blade S6 review: A sharp tip
Source: GSM Arena English
The ZTE Blade S6 is definitely an eye-catcher but the iPhone looks may be doing it more harm than favors at some markets. Apple is a natural target for replicas - there are blatant copycats and then there are phones like the Blade S6, which manage to retain an identity if their own. Still, brands like ZTE and Lenovo don't have to go there to get noticed.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/23/2015

Foreign Reviews

ZTE Blade S6
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/19/2015
ZTE Blade S6
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/16/2015
ZTE Blade S6
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/01/2015
ZTE Blade S6
Source: c't - 01-06-2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2015
ZTE Blade S6
Source: Area DVD - Heft 6/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
82% ZTE Blade S6
Source: Area DVD - Heft 6/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 82%
80% Ambitionierter Klonkrieger
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 79% performance: 81% features: 80% display: 93% mobility: 72%
Mittelklasse-Smartphone mit 8-Kern-SoC
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2015

Comment

Model: The ZTE Blade S6 is a mid-range smartphone which runs on the Android OS v5 (Lollipop). The rounded corners and curved sides of this ZTE smartphone highly resemble the Apple iPhone 6, however the body of the Blade 6 is made up of plastic which is coated to give it a smooth satin finish. It only comes in one color which is white with a gray back. On the back of the smartphone is its speaker. The home button on front has a blue glow which serves as an indication for notifications.

The Blade 6 has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 720p with vibrant colors. LTE is supported on this smartphone with Dual SIM (dual stand-by). The device is powered by an octa-core 64 bit Snapdragon processor and an Adreno 405 GPU with 2 GB of RAM. In terms of storage capability, this ZTE smartphone has 16 GB of onboard memory. The memory capacity can be expanded by up to 64 GB with a micro SD card.

There are a secondary 5 MP front facing camera and a 13 MP rear camera, which can record videos in [email protected] and provides decent imaging capabilities. Finally, the 2400 mAh battery lasts a day of regular use. All in all, this smartphone provides a mid-range Android experience at an inexpensive price.

Qualcomm Adreno 405: Integrated graphics card for ARM based SoCs. Depending on the used SoC the clock rate is around 500 MHz and features 48 unified shaders. Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
615 MSM8939:

Mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU cores (Cortex-A53, 64-bit capable) and an Adreno 405 GPU. Manufactured in a 28 nm LP process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.134 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


ZTE:

ZTE is short for Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited, which was founded in China in 1985. The product range includes, for example, USB sticks, routers, smartphones and tablets.

The ratings of the relatively many reviews have a wide range from below-average to very good (as of 2016).


75.75%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2015-03- 1)