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ZTE Blade V8 Mini


ZTE Blade V8 Mini
ZTE Blade V8 Mini (Blade Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 8 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 505, Core: 450 MHz
2048 MB 
5.00 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 294 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 9 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3,5 mm, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, Proximity sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, WiFi Direct, OTG
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM:850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS: 800/850/900/1900/2100 MHz, LTE:800/1800/2100/2600 MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 9 x 143 x 70 ( = 0.35 x 5.63 x 2.76 in)
2800 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual 13 MP + 2 MP, Autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, USB cable, Charger, Stereo headset, ZTE Service (device help), 24 Months Warranty, Average SAR: 0.51 W/kg, fanless
149 g ( = 5.26 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 67 g ( = 2.36 oz / 0.15 pounds)
179 Euro



Average Score: 82.4% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 34%, features: 29%, display: 82% mobility: 93%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the ZTE Blade V8 Mini

82.4% ZTE Blade V8 Mini Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
An inexpensive smartphone with a dual camera. ZTE is expanding their lower mid-range product line. Alongside the ZTE Blade V8 64 GB, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has now introduced the ZTE Blade V8 Mini to the mobile market. The ZTE Blade V8's smaller sibling costs only 179 Euros (~$215, recommended retail price; not yet available on the American market). It is equipped with a dual camera, a fingerprint scanner and Android 7.0.
ZTE Blade V8 Mini hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English version
Otherwise the Blade V8 Mini looks like a fairly tidy budget handset. Sure, it's got more than a few tweaks and changes, courtesy of a custom skin, but underneath you're getting Google's latest and greatest OS.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/27/2017

Foreign Reviews

Preisgünstiges Dualkamera-Smartphone
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/29/2017
Hands-on des Dualkamera-Smartphones
Source: Curved German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2017
ZTE Blade V8 Mini, la doble cámara llega a la gama de entrada
Source: Media Trends Spanish ES→EN version
Positive: Good price; compact size; nice design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2017
Смартфон ZTE ZTE Blade V8 Mini: Обзор
Source: Product Test RU→EN version
Positive: Compact size; good dual cameras; powerful processor; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: Sim and microSD are on the same slot.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/04/2017


Model: The ZTE Blade V8 Mini offers one of the cheapest ways to upgrade to the newer version of Google's operating system and walk away with a dual-lens camera. The ultra-affordable Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone is the lighter variant of the ZTE Blade V8 Pro revealed at CES 2017. The ZTE Blade V8 Mini does not have the most powerful specs, of course, but many casual phone owners want a fancy camera. The ZTE Blade V8 Mini has a 5-inch HD screen, meaning it is at the lower 720p resolution. It is more powerful than the ZTE Blade V8 Lite, but it lacks in pixel count. Brightness and viewing angles were respectable. It delivers slightly fuzzy text when a user gets right up close to the screen, but it gets the job done. It has a one-hand friendly design at 143.5 x 70 x 8.9 mm in a metallic body, which was surprising. It does not feel like a very cheap phone. There is a circular fingerprint sensor pad on the back and mini USB port on the bottom, and the users get a headphone jack on this phone. The fingerprint sensor’s 360-degree finger scan enables touch access in 0.3 seconds.

The ZTE Blade V8 Mini's big highlight is the dual-lens camera consisting of a 13 MP and 2 MP sensor. Users can refocus photos, which is something the new iPhone can not do, and the Blade Mini camera supports 3D shooting to generate 3D photos. With the depth and distance information, the Blade V8 Mini can make the effect of the pictures as similar as taken by bokeh of SLR camera or even flagships like the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. On the front, it has a 5 MP camera with Beauty mode. As for hardware specification, it has the Qualcomm 435 chipset, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The phone is not meant for serious gaming, but it is enough for most everything else. It felt speedy enough for an entry-level handset. ZTE added a custom skin onto Android 7, which kind of takes the sheen off having a cheap phone running Android. It is still as different and divisive as it was on Marshmallow. Hence, Google purists are not going to have a good time. While the battery is not removable, it has a capacity of 2,800 mAh, which is a pretty decent size, given the money. What should help out is the fact that it runs Android 7.0 Nougat, which contains a bunch of battery-saving tricks like Doze Mode 2.0. The battery is charged by a microUSB  port on the bottom; not USB-C yet. Other sensors built into the smartphone includes a Proximity sensor, an accelerometer, a compass, and a gyroscope.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 505: Mid range graphics card integrated in the Snapdragon 430 and 435 SoCs. Based on the 500 generation and supports modern standards like Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE, OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12.

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.

435: Lower mainstream octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC clocked at up to 1.4 GHz and the Adreno 505 GPU, a DDR3L-1600 memory controller as well as an X9 LTE (Cat. 7) modem. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is tiny. You will probably see very little on the screen and be able to use mini-resolutions.

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


ZTE is short for Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited, which was founded in China in 1985 and is partly state-owned. ZTE's core business is wireless, optical transmission, data transmission equipment, telecommunications software and cell phones, USB sticks, routers and tablets.

82.4%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.

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Current Prices
Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-03-14)