Pocketnow’s MWC coverage is made possible by InvisibleShield, which frees you to go everywhere with your mobile device without the fear of damaging your screen. To live fearlessly with your mobile device, visit InvisibleShield.com
ZTE probably didn’t expect to steal Samsung or even Nokia’s MWC 2018 thunder with the mid-range Blade V9 series, but given the awesome bang for buck provided by members of the Blade family in the past, this definitely deserves a second look.
There are actually two V9 variants coming to markets like Spain, Germany, Russia and China soon, priced as low as €179, and Pocketnow’s team of tireless reporters on the Barcelona ground managed to get some one-on-one time with both of them.
The low-cost Blade V9 Vita doesn’t look awfully special on the outside, but its spec sheet is pretty solid, including dual rear cameras, up to 3GB RAM, a 5.45-inch FHD+ screen, and yes, Android 8.1 Oreo out the box.
Starting at €269, the “regular” ZTE Blade V9 bears a strong resemblance to the shiny Honor 8, with a so-called “Aurora Glass” build, impressive 84 percent screen-to-body ratio, and of course, the latest Android build pre-installed on the software side of things.
Primarily focused on delivering an exceptional low-light photography experience, the FHD+ 2:1 5.7-incher combines a primary 16MP shooter boasting ultra-wide f/1.8 aperture with a far humbler 5MP secondary rear lens for a truly rare imaging arrangement in the sub-€300 price bracket. Such a shame there’s still no word on US availability.