ZTE Blade V8 Mini
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
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Reviews for the ZTE Blade V8 Mini
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.
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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
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/29/2017
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2017
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Positive: Good price; compact size; nice design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2017
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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.
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.
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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.
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