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ZTE Blade V7 Lite Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/04/2016

Darkness favors secret dealings! ZTE's Blade V7 Lite is an affordable mid-range smartphone with very appealing looks. Compared with its Blade V7 sister model, it is cheaper and aims to attract price-conscious buyers. However, the Lite version is equipped with a somewhat weaker SoC. Furthermore, it presented its dark side in our test.

For the original German review, see here.

Following the recently tested Blade V7, we now have another handset by the Chinese telecommunication and network supplier ZTE in our test lab - the ZTE Blade V7 Lite. Both mid-range smartphones, designed and developed in Germany, were introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As the suffix in the name suggests, the Blade V7 Lite is a reduced in configuration and performance sister model of the Blade V7.

Besides the smaller 5-inch LCD IPS panel with a high-definition resolution (1280x720 px), the Blade V7 is equipped with only a MediaTek SoC with four cores and a 13 MP primary camera without phase detection autofocus. However, the Lite version presents improvements in some aspects compared with its Blade V7 sister model. It features an 8 MP front camera with an LED flash and an integrated fingerprint scanner on the back.

In Germany ZTE's smartphone comes in light silver and dark gray colors with an RRP of 169 Euros (~$188). Its rivals in this price range and listed as comparison devices in this test are the Coolpad Torino S, the LG K10 and the UMi Touch. However, the Blade V7 sister model is also a possible alternative since the price difference of 80 Euros (~$89) between the "normal" and the Lite models is relatively low.

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ZTE Blade V7 Lite (Blade Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive, multitouch, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.68 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 32 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Hall sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, OTG
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE band: B1/3/7/8/20; UMTS: 900/2100 MHz; GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 143.8 x 70.2 ( = 0.33 x 5.66 x 2.76 in)
Battery
2500 mAh Lithium-Ion, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 8 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 150 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, in-ear headset, modular power supply, USB cable, MiFavor, 24 Months Warranty, SAR rate unkn., fanless
Weight
135 g ( = 4.76 oz / 0.3 pounds), Power Supply: 48 g ( = 1.69 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
169 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The metal casing of the Blade V7 Lite is well-built, but it is not made in a unibody design as the manufacturer advertises. As with the Blade V7 sister model, ZTE has installed large plastic parts in the casing's upper and lower edge for the antenna technology in the affordable Lite version. The material transitions are very noticeable, but the gaps are even. Pressure on the handset's plastic edges is enough to provoke a creaking noise.

The 2.5D protective glass on the handset's front is installed in the casing with a light curve. The ratio of glass front and screen is approximately 68.3% in the Blade V7 Lite. The volume and power buttons of our review sample are not very impressive. Both wobble and clatter when used. On the other hand, their pressure points are well-defined.

Overall, the slightly angular design and somewhat higher casing depth of the Blade V7 Lite lead to a poorer feel and handling compared with the Blade V7 sister model. The metal back also feels thinner than and not as high-quality as the material used in the larger sibling.

154.5 mm / 6.08 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs146.6 mm / 5.77 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs146 mm / 5.75 inch 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch 7.95 mm / 0.313 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs143.8 mm / 5.66 inch 70.2 mm / 2.76 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 135 g0.2976 lbs139 mm / 5.47 inch 67.8 mm / 2.67 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 119 g0.2624 lbs

Connectivity

The internal storage has a capacity of 16 GB. Only about 10.47 GB is left after initial use. When the dual-SIM function of the mid-range smartphone is not used, a micro-SD card (max. 32 GB) can be inserted in the hybrid slot. The manufacturer supports moving applications to the external storage (A2SD functionality). Although ZTE specifies a maximum micro-SD card size of 32 GB for the Blade V7 Lite, the review sample identified our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference card.

In addition to a passive fingerprint scanner, an FM radio and status LED are included in the configuration. The micro-USB 2.0 port on the lower edge of the handset supports OTG (on the go). Peripherals can connect to the smartphone via an OTG adapter.

Software

ZTE's smartphone is shippedcomes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow that had has the security patch level from February 2016. The MiFavor user interface is only marginally different from that of the Blade V7 sister model.

Compared with Vanilla Android, the manufacturer's user interface shows visual modifications on the home screen and in the notification list. An app drawer is not implemented in the MiFavor UI, either. All apps are distributed over the home screen after installing them. In returnOn the other hand, the settings menu and folder design resemble Google's stock standard Android.

Applications can be launched via the Smart Sense feature when the screen is disabled. For example, the user can draw an "O" on the disabled screen for directly opening the Internet browser. The fingerprint scanner can also be used as an additional control by mapping it with shortcuts - for example, as camera release.

 

 

 

Communication & GPS

GPS outdoor test
GPS indoor test

The Wi-Fi module integrated in the Blade V7 Lite supports only the IEEE 802.11 b/g/n standard. The reception performance is decent in routine use, but the Wi-Fi signal is unstable - as with the Blade V7 sister model, the connection was repeatedly disrupted during the test. The attenuation of -40 dBm is relatively low near the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V). The signal strength dropped only marginally on a patio about 4 meters away (~13 ft;-56 dBm). Bluetooth 4.0 is present for near-field communication.

The dual-SIM smartphone accesses mobile Internet with up to two nano-SIM cards. Both slots support quad-band GSM, dual-band UMTS and LTE in the frequency bands 1, 3, 7, 8 and 20. The reception performance was satisfactory.

Localization can be performed via A-GPS with ZTE's Blade V7 Lite. Finding satellites outdoors was fast with an accuracy of 8 feet, approximately 2.5 meters. Connecting to satellites was not possible indoors. The GPS module in the mid-range smartphone tracked the position quite accurately, and showed only minor inaccuracies in the route compared with Garmin's Edge 500 professional navigation system. A difference of almost 160 meters (~175 yd) separates the Blade V7 Lite from Garmin's Edge 500 at the end of the 12.1 kilometer (~7.5 mi) test route.


GPS ZTE Blade V7 Lite
GPS ZTE Blade V7 Lite
GPS ZTE Blade V7 Lite
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500

Telephone & Call Quality

Video calls using the incorporated front camera via Skype and test calls in the German E network functioned without any problems. The call quality using the earpiece and the installed microphone is good. The phone app in the Blade V7 Lite corresponds to Google's application in Android Marshmallow design. The application is clearly arranged and functional.

Keypad
Phone app

Cameras

Front camera photo

TThe handset's primary camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels in a 4:3 format. Unlike the Blade V7 sister model, the Lite version does not have a phase detection autofocus. The quality of the rear-facing camera module is at most satisfactory. The photos display fewer details and clear blurriness toward the edges (scenes 1 & 2: Bridge and woods). Furthermore, image noise characterizes low-light photos, and they are barely sharp (scene 3: Street). Overall, the photos taken by the Blade V7 Lite's camera module are too dark.

The 8 MP front-facing camera in the handset produces useful results for selfies. As with the rear, an LED flash is installed for low-light photos. ZTE's Blade V7 Lite records videos in HD (1280x720 px) at 30 FPS. The recording quality of 720 p at 30 FPS is the same when using the front camera.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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Test chart
Test chart
Test chart, detailed view
Screenshot of ColorChecker colors. Original colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.

Accessories & Warranty

The accessories include a modular power supply with a nominal output of 5 watts (1 ampere, 5 volts), a USB cable and an in-ear headset.

The warranty period is 24 months.

Input Devices & Handling

The Blade V7 Lite is controlled via three blue backlit, capacitive buttons below the screen. With the exception of the home button, they can be freely mapped with Android-typical commands (back, multitasking). The capacitive multi-touchscreen responds accurately and without delay to inputs. The onscreen keyboard by SwiftKey is preloaded as an input option.

The fingerprint scanner left us with mixed feelings in the test. The recognition rate of biometric identification via fingerprint is on a good level, but sometimes the finger has to be placed on the scanner several times before it is identified. Beyond that, a passive sensor on the handset's back does not offer the desired comfort since the handset has to be awakened from standby before placing the finger on the scanner. The competition (Coolpad Torino S) is faster and more user friendly here.

Onscreen keyboard, landscape mode
Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode
Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode

Display

Subpixel grid

ZTE relies on a liquid crystal display with a screen diagonal of 12.7 centimeters (5 inches) for its mid-range smartphone. The IPS LCD with a high definition resolution (1280x720 pixels) achieves a pixel density of 294 PPI. Displayed texts as well as very small letters are thus sufficiently sharp.

The LED backlight in the Blade V7 Lite provides an average screen brightness of 302 cd/m² (max. 349 cd/m²). A comparatively poor rate that some rivals clearly outbid. Furthermore, the maximum brightness is dimmed in everyday situations since the realistic APL50 test (average picture level) where bright and dark areas are distributed evenly results in a maximum brightness of just 291 cd/m² in the screen's center. The illumination of 79% is also quite heterogeneous. The comparison models present a more homogeneous brightness distribution here.

292
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LCD
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 349 cd/m² Average: 301.6 cd/m² Minimum: 14.48 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 79 %
Center on Battery: 312 cd/m²
Contrast: 2080:1 (Black: 0.15 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 9.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.29
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
IPS, 1280x720, 5
ZTE Blade V7
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Coolpad Torino S
IPS, 1280x720, 4.7
UMI Touch
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
LG K10
IPS, 1280x720, 5.3
LG G5
IPS Quantum, 2560x1440, 5.3
Screen
-20%
-17%
-20%
-6%
23%
Brightness middle
312
409
31%
360
15%
424
36%
370
19%
784
151%
Brightness
302
411
36%
358
19%
415
37%
355
18%
774
156%
Brightness Distribution
79
96
22%
87
10%
91
15%
92
16%
91
15%
Black Level *
0.15
0.38
-153%
0.45
-200%
0.54
-260%
0.28
-87%
0.43
-187%
Contrast
2080
1076
-48%
800
-62%
785
-62%
1321
-36%
1823
-12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.2
9.4
-15%
6.8
17%
6.9
16%
6.7
18%
6.5
21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
16.5
17.6
-7%
11.3
32%
10.9
34%
17.8
-8%
11.7
29%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.2
11.6
-26%
6.2
33%
6.8
26%
7.9
14%
8
13%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.25 98%
2.14 103%
1.99 111%
2.21 100%
2.22 99%
CCT
9017 72%
9597 68%
7975 82%
8131 80%
9072 72%
8699 75%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
68.08
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.46

* ... smaller is better

Both the black level of 0.15 cd/m² (APL50 test: 0.22 cd/m²) and contrast ratio of 2080:1 are on a very good level - however, the good rates are also due to the screen's low brightness. The LCD panel shows weaknesses in color reproduction. The analysis using a photospectrometer and CalMAN software shows a relatively large shift in color (8.2) and grayscale (9.2) reproduction at a target rate of <3. The measured color temperature of 9017 Kelvin is clearly too cool. This leads to a light yet visible bluish tint in routine use.

CalMAN Colorspace (target color space: sRGB), standard display mode
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB), standard display mode
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB), standard display mode
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space: sRGB), vivid display mode
CalMAN Colorspace (target color space: sRGB), vivid display mode
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB), vivid display mode
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB), vivid display mode
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space: sRGB), vivid display mode

The drawbacks of the dark, low-brightness IPS panel become obvious in the outdoors. The mid-range smartphone cannot compensate for reflections and direct sunlight even in the maximum brightness level. As typical for IPS, the viewing angles are on a high level. Content barely dims even from very flat viewing angles.

ZTE Blade V7 Lite outdoors
ZTE Blade V7 Lite outdoors
Viewing angles: IPS panel

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 65 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9361 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The Blade V7 Lite is powered by an ARM SoC (system on a chip) from 2015. It is an upper mid-range model by MediaTek. The MT6735 is built in 28 nanometers and has four CPU cores based on the 64-bit capable Cortex A53 architecture.

The performance impressed us to some degree only in routine use. Stutters and lags, as well as delays when opening apps were observed during multitasking load. Furthermore, our review sample sometimes did not respond to inputs, and the handset had to be rebooted. Browsing via the preloaded Chrome browser often needed longer loading times before websites were set up. The benchmark scores display similar results. Coolpad's Porto S, for example, proves that better performance is possible with MediaTek's SoC.

The PCMark benchmark could not be launched properly after installing it on our review sample. Downloading additional application files resulted in system crashes (several times).

The internal storage offers good access rates on a similar level as the Blade V7 sister model. However, the integrated micro-SD card reader is not the fastest. We tested its speed with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference memory card (max. read: 95 MB/s, write: 80 MB/s. The slot's performance of 22.77 MB/s (read) and 12.64 MB/s (write) is below average.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
12.62 MB/s ∼14%
ZTE Blade V7
20.89 MB/s ∼24% +66%
Coolpad Torino S
16.54 MB/s ∼19% +31%
UMI Touch
21.02 MB/s ∼24% +67%
LG K10
45 MB/s ∼52% +257%
LG G5
45.53 MB/s ∼52% +261%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
22.77 MB/s ∼24%
ZTE Blade V7
43.67 MB/s ∼45% +92%
Coolpad Torino S
25.79 MB/s ∼27% +13%
UMI Touch
42.92 MB/s ∼44% +88%
LG K10
75.47 MB/s ∼78% +231%
LG G5
78.53 MB/s ∼81% +245%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
8.26 MB/s ∼3%
ZTE Blade V7
7.58 MB/s ∼3% -8%
Coolpad Torino S
6.94 MB/s ∼3% -16%
UMI Touch
14.63 MB/s ∼6% +77%
LG K10
7.5 MB/s ∼3% -9%
LG G5
16.22 MB/s ∼6% +96%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
18.24 MB/s ∼9%
ZTE Blade V7
28.07 MB/s ∼14% +54%
Coolpad Torino S
18.34 MB/s ∼9% +1%
UMI Touch
19.88 MB/s ∼10% +9%
LG K10
9.2 MB/s ∼5% -50%
LG G5
89.26 MB/s ∼45% +389%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
70.33 MB/s ∼12%
ZTE Blade V7
39.45 MB/s ∼7% -44%
Coolpad Torino S
41.81 MB/s ∼7% -41%
UMI Touch
72.47 MB/s ∼12% +3%
LG K10
78 MB/s ∼13% +11%
LG G5
141.26 MB/s ∼24% +101%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
187.34 MB/s ∼12%
ZTE Blade V7
196.76 MB/s ∼13% +5%
Coolpad Torino S
140.34 MB/s ∼9% -25%
UMI Touch
219.3 MB/s ∼15% +17%
LG K10
131 MB/s ∼9% -30%
LG G5
427.65 MB/s ∼28% +128%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
23822 Points ∼8%
ZTE Blade V7
37070 Points ∼13% +56%
Coolpad Torino S
22766 Points ∼8% -4%
UMI Touch
38617 Points ∼13% +62%
LG K10
27383 Points ∼9% +15%
LG G5
124244 Points ∼42% +422%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1147 Points ∼3%
ZTE Blade V7
2669 Points ∼7% +133%
Coolpad Torino S
1511 Points ∼4% +32%
UMI Touch
2798 Points ∼7% +144%
LG K10
1448 Points ∼4% +26%
LG G5
5507 Points ∼15% +380%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
404 Points ∼8%
ZTE Blade V7
614 Points ∼12% +52%
Coolpad Torino S
494 Points ∼10% +22%
UMI Touch
626 Points ∼13% +55%
LG K10
476 Points ∼10% +18%
LG G5
2396 Points ∼49% +493%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG G5
1819 Points ∼23%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
LG G5
2952 Points ∼35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
LG G5
2593 Points ∼38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG G5
1809 Points ∼38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
LG G5
4790 Points ∼17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
618 Points ∼14%
ZTE Blade V7
944 Points ∼21% +53%
Coolpad Torino S
735 Points ∼17% +19%
UMI Touch
1045 Points ∼23% +69%
LG K10
730 Points ∼16% +18%
LG G5
1695 Points ∼38% +174%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
101 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade V7
245 Points ∼2% +143%
Coolpad Torino S
41 Points ∼0% -59%
UMI Touch
241 Points ∼2% +139%
LG K10
41 Points ∼0% -59%
LG G5
4468 Points ∼40% +4324%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
124 Points ∼2%
ZTE Blade V7
293 Points ∼4% +136%
Coolpad Torino S
52 Points ∼1% -58%
UMI Touch
291 Points ∼4% +135%
LG K10
52 Points ∼1% -58%
LG G5
3277 Points ∼40% +2543%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
7026 Points ∼8%
ZTE Blade V7
10430 Points ∼12% +48%
Coolpad Torino S
9205 Points ∼11% +31%
UMI Touch
10368 Points ∼12% +48%
LG K10
9106 Points ∼11% +30%
LG G5
20997 Points ∼24% +199%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2645 Points ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
6170 Points ∼1% +133%
Coolpad Torino S
3858 Points ∼1% +46%
UMI Touch
6186 Points ∼1% +134%
LG K10
3774 Points ∼1% +43%
LG G5
32109 Points ∼6% +1114%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
3070 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade V7
6786 Points ∼3% +121%
Coolpad Torino S
4430 Points ∼2% +44%
UMI Touch
6795 Points ∼3% +121%
LG K10
4339 Points ∼2% +41%
LG G5
28730 Points ∼12% +836%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
4.9 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼0% +145%
Coolpad Torino S
9.8 fps ∼0% +100%
UMI Touch
12 fps ∼0% +145%
LG K10
5.2 fps ∼0% +6%
LG G5
74 fps ∼1% +1410%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
8.2 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼0% +46%
Coolpad Torino S
5.3 fps ∼0% -35%
UMI Touch
12 fps ∼0% +46%
LG K10
9.7 fps ∼0% +18%
LG G5
47 fps ∼1% +473%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
3.4 fps ∼1%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼1% +32%
Coolpad Torino S
4.3 fps ∼1% +26%
UMI Touch
4.5 fps ∼1% +32%
LG K10
1.8 fps ∼0% -47%
LG G5
42 fps ∼8% +1135%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1.8 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼1% +150%
Coolpad Torino S
1.8 fps ∼0% 0%
UMI Touch
4.5 fps ∼1% +150%
LG K10
4.1 fps ∼1% +128%
LG G5
30 fps ∼8% +1567%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2.5 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼0% +16%
UMI Touch
2.9 fps ∼0% +16%
LG K10
fps ∼0% -100%
LG G5
31 fps ∼1% +1140%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1.2 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼0% +142%
UMI Touch
2.9 fps ∼0% +142%
LG K10
fps ∼0% -100%
LG G5
17 fps ∼0% +1317%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
592 Points ∼29%
ZTE Blade V7
10 Points ∼0% -98%
Coolpad Torino S
599 Points ∼29% +1%
UMI Touch
576 Points ∼28% -3%
LG K10
562 Points ∼28% -5%
LG G5
900 Points ∼44% +52%
Graphics (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
174 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade V7
430 Points ∼1% +147%
Coolpad Torino S
321 Points ∼1% +84%
UMI Touch
429 Points ∼1% +147%
LG K10
310 Points ∼1% +78%
LG G5
4807 Points ∼17% +2663%
Memory (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
487 Points ∼6%
ZTE Blade V7
790 Points ∼11% +62%
Coolpad Torino S
607 Points ∼8% +25%
UMI Touch
787 Points ∼10% +62%
LG K10
453 Points ∼6% -7%
LG G5
1478 Points ∼20% +203%
System (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
801 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade V7
1188 Points ∼7% +48%
Coolpad Torino S
1102 Points ∼7% +38%
UMI Touch
1343 Points ∼8% +68%
LG K10
1050 Points ∼6% +31%
LG G5
2925 Points ∼18% +265%
Overall (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
448 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade V7
249 Points ∼3% -44%
Coolpad Torino S
602 Points ∼7% +34%
UMI Touch
717 Points ∼8% +60%
LG K10
536 Points ∼6% +20%
LG G5
2079 Points ∼25% +364%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
1910 Points ∼4%
ZTE Blade V7
2689 Points ∼5% +41%
Coolpad Torino S
2364 Points ∼5% +24%
UMI Touch
2562 Points ∼5% +34%
LG K10
2838 Points ∼5% +49%
LG G5
9731 Points ∼19% +409%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
19234.4 ms * ∼32%
ZTE Blade V7
13761.1 ms * ∼23% +28%
Coolpad Torino S
15784.4 ms * ∼27% +18%
UMI Touch
13953 ms * ∼23% +27%
LG K10
16638 ms * ∼28% +13%
LG G5
3461.1 ms * ∼6% +82%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
12.729 Points ∼4%
ZTE Blade V7
18.19 Points ∼5% +43%
Coolpad Torino S
14.453 Points ∼4% +14%
UMI Touch
17.614 Points ∼5% +38%
LG K10
17.478 Points ∼5% +37%
LG G5
49.7 Points ∼14% +290%

Legend

 
ZTE Blade V7 Lite Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade V7 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Coolpad Torino S Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
UMI Touch Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG K10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

The ARM Mali-T720 (MP1) responsible for video output was only enough for a conditionally smooth performance with up-to-date games, such as "Need for Speed No Limits" and "Modern Combat 5". Stutters and prolonged loading times during gameplay were often noticed. Similar behavior could be observed in the test of the Blade V7 sister model that is equipped with much stronger hardware.

"Need for Speed No Limits"
"Modern Combat 5"

Emissions

Temperature

The temperature development of the mid-range smartphone is barely noticeable in routine use. The temperatures remain pleasant, even in load conditions. The Blade V7 Lite heats up to a maximum of 38.5 °C (~101 °F) when the system is loaded heavily (CPU and GPU) via the Stability Test app for at least one hour - a good rate.

Temperature development: Maximum load (front)
Temperature development: Maximum load (rear)
Max. Load
 36.5 °C
98 F
36.5 °C
98 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 37.4 °C
99 F
37.6 °C
100 F
38.5 °C
101 F
 
 37.2 °C
99 F
37.2 °C
99 F
37.1 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 38.5 °C = 101 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
33.9 °C
93 F
34.3 °C
94 F
34.9 °C
95 F
33.1 °C
92 F
35.2 °C
95 F
35.4 °C
96 F
32.9 °C
91 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36 °C
97 F
Maximum: 36 °C = 97 F
Average: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.2 °C = 90 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.5 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.5 °C / 91 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

The rear-sided speaker's maximum volume is sufficient for everyday use, but it is comparatively quiet at 82.6 dB(A). The playback quality is mostly satisfactory. However, the sound gets tinny when the volume is increased. The Pink Noise diagram illustrates that medium and high frequencies of 1 to 10 kHz are quite linear. As typical for smartphones, the sound impression almost completely lacks basses.

Pink Noise speaker test

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Blade V7 Lite cannot be criticized in terms of power consumption. The energy requirement is very low, particularly in load conditions.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.23 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.63 / 1.37 / 1.71 Watt
Load midlight 2.82 / 3.36 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gosen Metrahit Energy
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2500 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Coolpad Torino S
1800 mAh
UMI Touch
4000 mAh
LG K10
2300 mAh
LG G5
2800 mAh
Power Consumption
-15%
-27%
-44%
-62%
Idle Minimum *
0.63
0.73
-16%
0.68
-8%
0.89
-41%
0.55
13%
Idle Average *
1.37
0.92
33%
2.2
-61%
2
-46%
1.37
-0%
Idle Maximum *
1.71
0.93
46%
2.26
-32%
2.1
-23%
2.25
-32%
Load Average *
2.82
4.47
-59%
3.47
-23%
3.87
-37%
6.24
-121%
Load Maximum *
3.36
5.96
-77%
3.71
-10%
5.79
-72%
9.12
-171%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

In the test, the Blade V7 Lite presents good runtimes in everyday conditions (screen brightness: 150 cd/m²; energy-savings profile). With 8 hours and 37 minutes in the Wi-Fi test, ZTE's handset is on par with its rivals. However, the 2500 mAh battery only achieves similarly good runtimes as the Blade V7 with higher performance specifications and a larger, higher resolution screen.

Recharging takes about 2.5 hours despite the proprietary quick charge function.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 37min
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
2500 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Coolpad Torino S
1800 mAh
UMI Touch
4000 mAh
LG K10
2300 mAh
LG G5
2800 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
517
519
0%
397
-23%
553
7%
453
-12%
387
-25%

Pros

+ IPS panel with good black level and contrast
+ decent battery life
+ fingerprint scanner
+ aluminum casing

Cons

- dark screen
- speaker
- performance
- slow SD card slot

Verdict

In review: ZTE Blade V7 Lite. Review sample courtesy of ZTE Germany.

In our tests, the Blade V7 Lite presented itself as a good mid-range handset from the lower price range in a quality metal casing and with a decent battery life. However, it also exhibited a few shortcomings. The IPS panel is solid and high-contrast, but it has a below average brightness and uneven illumination. The processor and graphics unit performance was not convincing in the test. The fingerprint scanner is fast, but it does not offer the desired comfort due to its passive functionality. The photos of the 13 MP camera module are satisfactory for the price range - nevertheless comparable models (UMi TouchCoolpad Torino S) present a better photo quality, particularly in terms of dynamic range.

The Blade V7 Lite shows weaknesses in the core aspects of display and performance as well as speaker quality. Although ZTE's smartphone comes in a stylish aluminum casing for this price range, it is doubtful whether that is enough.

If price is not an issue, then purchasing the larger sister model, ZTE Blade V7, is advisable. Despite its higher purchase price, it offers a better price-performance ratio. We also recommend the slightly larger, 5.5-inch UMi Touch if the buyer does not shy away from purchasing via import companies - the "smartphone made in China" costs about 100 Euros (~$111) less and features a similarly good configuration.

ZTE Blade V7 Lite - 06/21/2016 v5.1(old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 93%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
42 / 60 → 69%
Weight
94%
Battery
91%
Display
80%
Games Performance
8 / 63 → 12%
Application Performance
25 / 70 → 36%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
55 / 91 → 60%
Camera
65%
Average
68%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2016-07- 4 (Update: 2018-05-15)