ZTE Blade V8 smartphone review

2017 can be safely called the year of fashion for dual cameras. Almost all companies began to install such modules, from Apple and Huawei to UMi and Ulefone. And ZTE was no exception, however, they decided to try out a new “chip” to start with in an inexpensive smartphone.

Content

Characteristics

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Specifications
Class Average
Form factor Monoblock
Case materials Aluminum
Operating system Android 7.0 + Mi Favor
Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800 /2600), two SIM-cards
LTE-bands: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor Octa Core
Video Accelerator Adreno 505< /td>
Internal memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB< /td>
Memory card slot Yes, combined with the second SIM slot
Wi- Fi Yes, b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1 LE, A2DP
NFC None
Screen size 5.2 inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
Matrix type IPS-matrix
Protective coating
Oleophobic coating Yes
Main camera Dual 13 MP + 2 MP
Front camera 13 MP
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Sensors Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope
Battery Non-removable, Li-Ion 2730 mAh
Dimensions 148.4 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm
Weight 141 grams
Price 17,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)
  • Wired headset
  • Paper clip

Surprisingly, the most interesting part of the package is the box itself. The fact is that in a few simple movements it turns into a full-fledged VR helmet a la Google Cardboard. Instructions for assembling the helmet are on the back of the box.

I tried to watch some VR videos on YouTube with it, but it didn't work right away. As it turned out, it was necessary to adjust the lenses so that the picture did not double. To do this, part of the lens box had to be moved closer and further away from the display.

And here Ford I really wanted to write that this is just a cool feature and you are unlikely to be one to use, if not for one "but". Blade V8 can take 3D photos, and a kind of analogue of Google Cardboard allows you to view them immediately on your smartphone.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Blade V8 has a neat design, found in many models in this price segment: aluminum body, rounded edges, plastic inserts at the top and bottom, only the camera eye stands out.

On the front side, above the display, there is a light indicator, light and proximity sensors, a front flash, a speaker mesh and a 13 MP front camera eye.

A fingerprint scanner is installed under the screen, inscribed in the central "Home" button. Side keys touch.

On the right are the power and volume buttons. It is interesting that these are two separate keys, and not a rocker, as in most devices. And on the left is a tray for two nanoSIMs.

A microUSB port, a speaker mesh and a microphone are installed on the bottom end. Like many other devices, the ZTE Blade V8 has symmetrical meshes for the speaker and microphone.

At the top you can see the headphone mini jack and the hole for the second microphone.

The back cover is made entirely of aluminum, except for the top and bottom plastic inserts.

The device is perfectly assembled, there are no backlashes and squeaks. The sale will be two color options - gold and gray. The first option was on our test, the second one you can see in the picture below.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
ZTE Blade V8 148.4 71.5 7.7 141
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 141.3 69.6 8.9 156
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 144.8 71 7.3 155
Asus ZenFone 3 146.87 73.98 7.69 144

If we divide all smartphones into "thin", "regular" and "thick", then the Blade v8 definitely belongs to the first category. Due to its small thickness and weight, it is easy and pleasant to hold in your hand. True, for this I had to sacrifice battery capacity.

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Screen

Characteristics Value
Screen size 5.2 inches
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
PPI value 424
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating 2.5D glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multi-touch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

It's always nice to see FHD resolution in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, ZTE did the right thing by not saving on this parameter. The same applies to the oleophobic coating, in V7 Lite it was very mediocre, right there there are no complaints about it.

The display itself pleases with natural color reproduction, excellent viewing angles and a good brightness range. For its price segment, the display in this model is very decent.

The description says 2.5D glass, but the bend is very small, if you don't look closely, you won't even notice it. Some of our readers regularly scold the small black frames around the display, unfortunately, they are also present in this model (although, for example, they don’t annoy me).

Operating system

The smartphone runs Android 7.0 and MiFavor 4.2 shell. It's nice to see the latest version of Android on an otherwise inexpensive device. However, almost the entire system interface has been redesigned under the MiFavor shell.

Personally, I don't really like her, primarily for the ugly rounded rims and the lack of a "do not disturb" switch in the curtain. However, this is a matter of taste, which is easily solved by installing a third-party launcher.

Performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor Octa-core, 1.4 GHz
Video accelerator Adreno 505
RAM capacity 3 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot Yes, combined with the second SIM slot

The smartphone has not only the latest version of Android, but also a fairly recent chipset from Qualcomm. It perfectly pulls all modern toys, including World of Tanks at maximum settings.

In games and when watching YouTube, the device noticeably heats up and cools down just as quickly if you close them. The speed of work is at a good level, although it is inferior to the flagships. The same applies to the speed of launching applications, apparently, the difference in memory speed affects.

Offline work

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 2730 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion
Working time in WoT game mode at maximum brightness 3 hours 20 minutes
Time to watch FHD YouTube video 3 hours

By modern standards, the battery capacity of a smartphone is average, as I wrote above, this is the reverse side of a thin case. However, you can safely count on a day of work with everyday use. As well as in the case of YouTube / WoT, the device can provide three to four hours of screen on without any problems.

Camera

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Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 13 MP + 2 MP
Front camera resolution 13 MP
Aperture value f /2.0
Video resolution 1080p
Frames per second
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound Yes

Dual camera is used for two modes. The first is blurring the background, the camera softly increases the aperture value to f / 1.0 and creates a bokeh effect. It does not always do it neatly, it is immediately clear that the processing is software. Interestingly, after shooting, you can manually select an aperture value from f/1.0 to f/8.0.

It is also possible to refocus on an already taken frame.

Another scenario for using a dual camera is to create 3D images, and it is for viewing them that a special helmet was created from the smartphone box. Looks cool, but I wouldn't use this feature regularly.

As for the usual camera capabilities, they are quite mediocre. In natural light, the picture is traditionally good, with artificial light, the detail drops, and at night, many details become blurred.

I liked the front camera, by the way, the application has the ability to activate a picture by a smile, as well as a built-in beautifier. The work of the front flash also pleased, it is quite soft and does not overexpose the skin.

An example of video on the main camera is below, the maximum resolution is FHD, 30 fps, there is stereo sound and focus by pressing.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data GSM, 3G, LTE Dual SIM
LTE-bands : 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC None

The first thing that upset me is that the smartphone does not have 5 GHz Wi-Fi and an NFC module, however, this is not surprising for this segment. Also, the lack of 38 “band” LTE should be attributed to the disadvantages, although this did not affect my daily use.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission, you and your interlocutor can hear each other perfectly.

Retail ZTE Blade V8 costs 17,000 rubles for the 32+3 GB version. In the branded online store myzte.ru using the promo code "SPRING" until the end of March, the device can be purchased at 8% cheaper (however, at the time of writing this review, this model was not available).

For this money, you get a thin and light smartphone with a fresh chipset, the latest version of Android on board, a good FHD display, a fast fingerprint scanner and an interesting dual camera. On the downside, I would include the lack of dual-band Wi-Fi, and personally I don’t really like the MiFavor shell. However, neither one nor the other particularly affected the impression of the device.

There is a lot of competition in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, but ZTE managed to release a decent model with a good price-performance ratio and several unusual features (the same 3D photo, for example).

A serious competitor to this model is Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime, which has similar characteristics and is sold at the same price. Of the advantages of Prime, it is worth immediately highlighting a larger battery and a more functional MIUI shell. At the same time, this model is also sold in federal retail with a normal warranty. It costs the same 17,000 rubles.

Another competitor is Huawei Honor 6x. It also has a dual camera, a metal case, but the screen diagonal is higher (5.5 inches), but there is an NFC module. The price is 17,000 rubles.

Another model with a 5.5-inch display and similar specifications is the Meizu M3E. It has similar specs and the same price - 17,000 rubles.

The key advantages of the Blade V8 are a fresh version of Android, a brand new chipset and an original idea to turn the box into a kind of Google Cardboard. It is also one of the few devices with a diagonal of 5.2 inches and FHD resolution in the segment up to 17 thousand.

ZTE Blade V8 smartphone review

2017 can safely be called the year of fashion for dual cameras. Almost all companies began to install such modules, from Apple and Huawei to UMi and Ulefone. And ZTE was no exception, however, they decided to try out a new “chip” to start with in an inexpensive smartphone.

Content

Characteristics

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Specifications
Class Average
Form factor Monoblock
Case materials Aluminum
Operating system Android 7.0 + Mi Favor
Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800/2600), Dual SIM
LTE-band 's: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor Octa-core
Video accelerator Adreno 505
Internal memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Slot for memory cards Yes, combined with a slot for a second SIM card
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1 LE, A2DP
NFC None
Screen size 5.2 inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
Matrix type IPS-matrix
Protective coating
Oleophobic coating Yes
Main camera Double 13 MP + 2 MP
Front camera 13 MP
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Sensors Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope
Battery Non-removable, Li-Ion 2730 mAh
Dimensions 148.4 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm
Weight 141 grams
Price 17,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)
  • Wired headset
  • Paper clip

Surprisingly, the most interesting part of the package is the box itself. The fact is that in a few simple movements it turns into a full-fledged VR helmet a la Google Cardboard. Instructions for assembling the helmet are on the back of the box.

I tried to watch some VR videos on YouTube with it, but it didn't work right away. As it turned out, it was necessary to adjust the lenses so that the picture did not double. To do this, part of the lens box had to be moved closer and further away from the display.

And here Ford I really wanted to write that this is just a cool feature and you are unlikely to be one to use, if not for one "but". Blade V8 can take 3D photos, and a kind of analogue of Google Cardboard allows you to view them immediately on your smartphone.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Blade V8 has a neat design, found in many models in this price segment: aluminum body, rounded edges, plastic inserts at the top and bottom, only the camera eye stands out.

On the front side, above the display, there is a light indicator, light and proximity sensors, a front flash, a speaker mesh and a 13 MP front camera eye.

A fingerprint scanner is installed under the screen, inscribed in the central "Home" button. Side keys touch.

On the right are the power and volume buttons. It is interesting that these are two separate keys, and not a rocker, as in most devices. And on the left is a tray for two nanoSIMs.

A microUSB port, a speaker mesh and a microphone are installed on the bottom end. Like many other devices, the ZTE Blade V8 has symmetrical meshes for the speaker and microphone.

At the top you can see the headphone mini jack and the hole for the second microphone.

The back cover is made entirely of aluminum, except for the top and bottom plastic inserts.

The device is perfectly assembled, there are no backlashes and squeaks. The sale will be two color options - gold and gray. The first option was on our test, the second one you can see in the picture below.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
ZTE Blade V8 148.4 71.5 7.7 141
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 141.3 69.6 8.9 156
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 144.8 71 7.3 155
Asus ZenFone 3 146.87 73.98 7.69 144

If we divide all smartphones into “thin”, “normal” and “thick”, then the Blade v8 definitely belongs to the first category. Due to its small thickness and weight, it is easy and pleasant to hold in your hand. True, for this I had to sacrifice battery capacity.

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Screen

Characteristics Value
Screen size 5.2 inches
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
PPI value 424
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating 2.5D glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multi-touch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

It's always nice to see FHD resolution in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, ZTE did the right thing by not saving on this parameter. The same applies to the oleophobic coating, in V7 Lite it was very mediocre, right there there are no complaints about it.

The display itself pleases with natural color reproduction, excellent viewing angles and a good brightness range. For its price segment, the display in this model is very decent.

The description says 2.5D glass, but the bend is very small, if you don't look closely, you won't even notice it. Some of our readers regularly scold the small black frames around the display, unfortunately, they are also present in this model (although, for example, they don’t annoy me).

Operating system

The smartphone runs Android 7.0 and MiFavor 4.2 shell. It's nice to see the latest version of Android on an otherwise inexpensive device. However, almost the entire system interface has been redesigned under the MiFavor shell.

Personally, I don't really like her, primarily for the ugly rounded rims and the lack of a "do not disturb" switch in the curtain. However, this is a matter of taste, which is easily solved by installing a third-party launcher.

Performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor Octa-core, 1.4 GHz
Video accelerator Adreno 505
RAM capacity 3 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot Yes, combined with the second SIM slot

The smartphone has not only the latest version of Android, but also a fairly recent chipset from Qualcomm. It perfectly pulls all modern toys, including World of Tanks at maximum settings.

In games and when watching YouTube, the device noticeably heats up and cools down just as quickly if you close them. The speed of work is at a good level, although it is inferior to the flagships. The same applies to the speed of launching applications, apparently, the difference in memory speed affects.

Work offline

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 2730 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion
Working time in WoT game mode at maximum brightness 3 hours 20 minutes
Time to watch FHD YouTube video 3 hours

By modern standards, the battery capacity of a smartphone is average, as I wrote above, this is the reverse side of a thin case. However, you can safely count on a day of work with everyday use. As well as in the case of YouTube / WoT, the device can provide three to four hours of screen on without any problems.

Camera

< td>30 fps
Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 13 MP + 2 MP
Front camera resolution 13 MP
Aperture value f /2.0
Video resolution 1080p
Frames per second
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound Yes

Dual camera is used for two modes. The first is blurring the background, the camera softly increases the aperture value to f / 1.0 and creates a bokeh effect. It does not always do it neatly, it is immediately clear that the processing is software. Interestingly, after shooting, you can manually select an aperture value from f/1.0 to f/8.0.

It is also possible to refocus on an already taken frame.

Another scenario for using a dual camera is to create 3D images, and it is for viewing them that a special helmet was created from the smartphone box. Looks cool, but I wouldn't use this feature regularly.

As for the usual camera capabilities, they are quite mediocre. In natural light, the picture is traditionally good, with artificial light, the detail drops, and at night, many details become blurred.

I liked the front camera, by the way, the application has the ability to activate a picture by a smile, as well as a built-in beautifier. The work of the front flash also pleased, it is quite soft and does not overexpose the skin.

An example of video on the main camera is below, the maximum resolution is FHD, 30 fps, there is stereo sound and focus by pressing.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data GSM, 3G, LTE Dual SIM
LTE-bands : 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC None

The first thing that upset me is that the smartphone does not have 5 GHz Wi-Fi and an NFC module, however, this is not surprising for this segment. Also, the lack of 38 “band” LTE should be attributed to the disadvantages, although this did not affect my daily use.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission, you and your interlocutor can hear each other perfectly.

Retail ZTE Blade V8 costs 17,000 rubles for the 32+3 GB version. In the branded online store myzte.ru using the promo code "SPRING" until the end of March, the device can be purchased at 8% cheaper (however, at the time of writing this review, this model was not available).

For this money, you get a thin and light smartphone with a fresh chipset, the latest version of Android on board, a good FHD display, a fast fingerprint scanner and an interesting dual camera. On the downside, I would include the lack of dual-band Wi-Fi, and personally I don’t really like the MiFavor shell. However, neither one nor the other particularly affected the impression of the device.

There is a lot of competition in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, but ZTE managed to release a decent model with a good price-performance ratio and several unusual features (the same 3D photo, for example).

A serious competitor to this model is Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime, which has similar characteristics and is sold at the same price. Of the advantages of Prime, it is worth immediately highlighting a larger battery and a more functional MIUI shell. At the same time, this model is also sold in federal retail with a normal warranty. It costs the same 17,000 rubles.

Another competitor is Huawei Honor 6x. It also has a dual camera, a metal case, but the screen diagonal is higher (5.5 inches), but there is an NFC module. The price is 17,000 rubles.

Another model with a 5.5-inch display and similar specifications is the Meizu M3E. It has similar specs and the same price - 17,000 rubles.

The key advantages of the Blade V8 are a fresh version of Android, a brand new chipset and an original idea to turn the box into a kind of Google Cardboard. It is also one of the few devices with a diagonal of 5.2 inches and FHD resolution in the segment up to 17 thousand.

ZTE Blade V8 smartphone review

2017 can be safely called the year of fashion for dual cameras. Almost all companies began to install such modules, from Apple and Huawei to UMi and Ulefone. And ZTE was no exception, however, they decided to try out a new “chip” to start with in an inexpensive smartphone.

Content

Characteristics

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Specifications
Class Average
Form factor Monoblock
Case materials Aluminum
Operating system Android 7.0 + Mi Favor
Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800/2600), Dual SIM
LTE-band 's: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor Octa-core
Video accelerator Adreno 505
Internal memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Slot for memory cards Yes, combined with a slot for a second SIM card
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1 LE, A2DP
NFC No
Screen size 5.2 inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
Matrix type IPS-matrix
Protective coating
Oleophobic coating Yes
Main camera Double 13 MP + 2 MP
Front camera 13 MP
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Sensors Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope
Battery Non-removable, Li-Ion 2730 mAh
Dimensions 148.4 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm
Weight 141 grams
Price 17,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)
  • Wired headset
  • Paper clip

Surprisingly, the most interesting part of the package is the box itself. The fact is that in a few simple movements it turns into a full-fledged VR helmet a la Google Cardboard. Instructions for assembling the helmet are on the back of the box.

I tried to watch some VR videos on YouTube with it, but it didn't work right away. As it turned out, it was necessary to adjust the lenses so that the picture did not double. To do this, part of the lens box had to be moved closer and further away from the display.

And here Ford I really wanted to write that this is just a cool feature and you are unlikely to be one to use, if not for one "but". Blade V8 can take 3D photos, and a kind of analogue of Google Cardboard allows you to view them immediately on your smartphone.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Blade V8 has a neat design, found in many models in this price segment: aluminum body, rounded edges, plastic inserts at the top and bottom, only the camera eye stands out.

On the front side, above the display, there is a light indicator, light and proximity sensors, a front flash, a speaker mesh and a 13 MP front camera eye.

A fingerprint scanner is installed under the screen, inscribed in the central "Home" button. Side keys touch.

On the right are the power and volume buttons. It is interesting that these are two separate keys, and not a rocker, as in most devices. And on the left is a tray for two nanoSIMs.

A microUSB port, a speaker mesh and a microphone are installed on the bottom end. Like many other devices, the ZTE Blade V8 has symmetrical meshes for the speaker and microphone.

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Screen

Characteristics Value
Screen size 5.2 inches
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
PPI value 424
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating 2.5D glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multi-touch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

It's always nice to see FHD resolution in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, ZTE did the right thing by not saving on this parameter. The same applies to the oleophobic coating, in V7 Lite it was very mediocre, right there there are no complaints about it.

The display itself pleases with natural color reproduction, excellent viewing angles and a good brightness range. For its price segment, the display in this model is very decent.

The description says 2.5D glass, but the bend is very small, if you don't look closely, you won't even notice it. Some of our readers regularly scold the small black frames around the display, unfortunately, they are also present in this model (although, for example, they don’t annoy me).

Operating system

The smartphone runs Android 7.0 and MiFavor 4.2 shell. It's nice to see the latest version of Android on an otherwise inexpensive device. However, almost the entire system interface has been redesigned under the MiFavor shell.

Personally, I don't really like her, primarily for the ugly rounded rims and the lack of a "do not disturb" switch in the curtain. However, this is a matter of taste, which is easily solved by installing a third-party launcher.

Performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor Octa-core, 1.4 GHz
Video accelerator Adreno 505
RAM capacity 3 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot Yes, combined with the second SIM slot

The smartphone has not only the latest version of Android, but also a fairly recent chipset from Qualcomm. It perfectly pulls all modern toys, including World of Tanks at maximum settings.

In games and when watching YouTube, the device noticeably heats up and cools down just as quickly if you close them. The speed of work is at a good level, although it is inferior to the flagships. The same applies to the speed of launching applications, apparently, the difference in memory speed affects.

Offline work

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 2730 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion
Working time in WoT game mode at maximum brightness 3 hours 20 minutes
Time to watch FHD YouTube video 3 hours

By modern standards, the battery capacity of a smartphone is average, as I wrote above, this is the reverse side of a thin case. However, you can safely count on a day of work with everyday use. As well as in the case of YouTube / WoT, the device can provide three to four hours of screen on without any problems.

Camera

< td>30 fps
Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 13 MP + 2 MP
Front camera resolution 13 MP
Aperture value f /2.0
Video resolution 1080p
Frames per second
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound Yes

Dual camera is used for two modes. The first is blurring the background, the camera softly increases the aperture value to f / 1.0 and creates a bokeh effect. It does not always do it neatly, it is immediately clear that the processing is software. Interestingly, after shooting, you can manually select an aperture value from f/1.0 to f/8.0.

It is also possible to refocus on an already taken frame.

Another scenario for using a dual camera is to create 3D images, and it is for viewing them that a special helmet was created from the smartphone box. Looks cool, but I wouldn't use this feature regularly.

As for the usual camera capabilities, they are quite mediocre. In natural light, the picture is traditionally good, with artificial light, the detail drops, and at night, many details become blurred.

I liked the front camera, by the way, the application has the ability to activate a picture by a smile, as well as a built-in beautifier. The work of the front flash also pleased, it is quite soft and does not overexpose the skin.

An example of video on the main camera is below, the maximum resolution is FHD, 30 fps, there is stereo sound and focus by pressing.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data GSM, 3G, LTE Dual SIM
LTE-bands : 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC None

The first thing that upset me is that the smartphone does not have 5 GHz Wi-Fi and an NFC module, however, this is not surprising for this segment. Also, the lack of 38 “band” LTE should be attributed to the disadvantages, although this did not affect my daily use.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission, you and your interlocutor can hear each other perfectly.

Retail ZTE Blade V8 costs 17,000 rubles for the 32+3 GB version. In the branded online store myzte.ru, using the promo code "SPRING" until the end of March, the device can be purchased at 8% cheaper (however, at the time of writing this review, this model was not available).

For this money, you get a thin and light smartphone with a fresh chipset, the latest version of Android on board, a good FHD display, a fast fingerprint scanner and an interesting dual camera. The disadvantages I would include the lack of dual-band Wi-Fi, and personally I don’t really like the MiFavor shell. However, neither one nor the other particularly affected the impression of the device.

There is a lot of competition in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, but ZTE managed to release a decent model with a good price-performance ratio and several unusual features (the same 3D photo, for example).

A serious competitor to this model is Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime, which has similar characteristics and is sold at the same price. Of the advantages of Prime, it is worth immediately highlighting a larger battery and a more functional MIUI shell. At the same time, this model is also sold in federal retail with a normal warranty. It costs the same 17,000 rubles.

Another competitor is Huawei Honor 6x. It also has a dual camera, a metal case, but the screen diagonal is higher (5.5 inches), but there is an NFC module. The price is 17,000 rubles.

Another model with a 5.5-inch display and similar specifications is the Meizu M3E. It has similar specs and the same price - 17,000 rubles.

The key advantages of the Blade V8 are a fresh version of Android, a brand new chipset and an original idea to turn the box into a kind of Google Cardboard. It is also one of the few devices with a diagonal of 5.2 inches and FHD resolution in the segment up to 17 thousand.

ZTE Blade V8 smartphone review

2017 can be safely called the year of fashion for dual cameras. Almost all companies began to install such modules, from Apple and Huawei to UMi and Ulefone. And ZTE was no exception, however, they decided to try out a new “chip” to start with in an inexpensive smartphone.

Content

Characteristics

Specifications Class Average Form factor Monoblock Case materials Aluminum Operating system Android 7.0 + Mi Favor Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800/2600), dual SIM-cards LTE-bands: 1, 3, 7 , 8, 20 Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor Octa-core video accelerator Adreno 505 Internal memory 32 GB RAM 3 GB Memory card slot Yes, combined with the slot for the second SIM card Wi-Fi Yes, b/g/n Bluetooth Yes, 4.1 LE , A2DP NFC No Screen diagonal 5.2 inches Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels Matrix type IPS-matrix Protective coating 2.5D-glass Oleophobic coating Yes Main camera Dual 13 MP + 2 MP Front camera 13 MP Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS Sensors Accelerometer , light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope Battery Fixed, Li-Ion 2730 mAh Dimensions 148.4 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm Weight 141 grams Cost 17,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)
  • Wired headset
  • Paper clip

Surprisingly, the most interesting part of the package is the box itself. The fact is that in a few simple movements it turns into a full-fledged VR helmet a la Google Cardboard. Instructions for assembling the helmet are on the back of the box.

I tried to watch some VR videos on YouTube with it, but it didn't work right away. As it turned out, it was necessary to adjust the lenses so that the picture did not double. To do this, part of the lens box had to be moved closer and further away from the display.

And here Ford really wanted to write that this is just a cool feature and you are unlikely to use it, if not for one "but". Blade V8 can take 3D photos, and a kind of analogue of Google Cardboard allows you to view them immediately on your smartphone.

And right here Ford Ford already I wanted to write that this is just a cool feature and you are unlikely to use it if it were not for one “but”. Blade V8 can take 3D photos, and a kind of analogue of Google Cardboard allows you to view them immediately on your smartphone.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Blade V8 has a neat design, found in many models in this price segment: aluminum body, rounded edges, plastic inserts at the top and bottom, only the camera eye stands out.

On the front side, above the display, there is a light indicator, light and proximity sensors, a front flash, a speaker mesh and a 13 MP front camera eye.

A fingerprint scanner is installed under the screen, inscribed in the central "Home" button. Side keys touch.

On the right are the power and volume buttons. It is interesting that these are two separate keys, and not a rocker, as in most devices. And on the left is a tray for two nanoSIMs.

A microUSB port, a speaker mesh and a microphone are installed on the bottom end. Like many other devices, the ZTE Blade V8 has symmetrical meshes for the speaker and microphone.

At the top you can see the headphone mini jack and the hole for the second microphone.

The back cover is made entirely of aluminum, except for the top and bottom plastic inserts.

The device is perfectly assembled, there are no backlashes and squeaks. The sale will be two color options - gold and gray. The first option was on our test, the second one you can see in the picture below.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams) ZTE Blade V8 148.4 71.5 7.7 141 Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 141.3 69.6 8.9 156 Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 144.8 71 7.3 155 Asus ZenFone 3 146.87 73.98 7.69 144< /p>

If we divide all smartphones into “thin”, “normal” and “thick”, then the Blade v8 definitely belongs to the first category. Due to its small thickness and weight, it is easy and pleasant to hold in your hand. True, for this I had to sacrifice battery capacity.

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Screen

Characteristics Value Screen diagonal 5.2 inches Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels PPI value 424 Matrix type IPS Protective coating 2.5D glass Oleophobic coating Yes Automatic brightness control Yes Multi-touch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

It's always nice to see FHD resolution in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, ZTE did the right thing by not saving on this parameter. The same applies to the oleophobic coating, in V7 Lite it was very mediocre, right there there are no complaints about it.

The display itself pleases with natural color reproduction, excellent viewing angles and a good brightness range. For its price segment, the display in this model is very decent.

The description says 2.5D glass, but the bend is very small, if you don't look closely, you won't even notice it. Some of our readers regularly scold the small black frames around the display, unfortunately, they are also present in this model (although, for example, they don’t annoy me).

Operating system

The smartphone runs Android 7.0 and MiFavor 4.2 shell. It's nice to see the latest version of Android on an otherwise inexpensive device. However, almost the entire system interface has been redesigned under the MiFavor shell.

Personally, I don't really like her, primarily for the ugly rounded rims and the lack of a "do not disturb" switch in the curtain. However, this is a matter of taste, which is easily solved by installing a third-party launcher.

Performance

Characteristics Value Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor Octa-core, 1.4 GHz Video accelerator Adreno 505 RAM 3 GB Internal storage capacity 32 GB Memory card slot Yes, combined with a slot for a second SIM card

The smartphone has not only the latest version of Android, but also a fairly recent chipset from Qualcomm. It perfectly pulls all modern toys, including World of Tanks at maximum settings.

In games and when watching YouTube, the device noticeably heats up and cools down just as quickly if you close them. The speed of work is at a good level, although it is inferior to the flagships. The same applies to the speed of launching applications, apparently, the difference in memory speed affects.

Offline work

Characteristics Value Battery capacity 2730 mAh Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion Operating time in WoT game mode at maximum brightness 3 hours 20 minutes Operating time when watching an FHD video on YouTube 3 hours

By modern standards, the battery capacity of a smartphone is average, as I wrote above, this is the reverse side of a thin case. However, you can safely count on a day of work with everyday use. As well as in the case of YouTube / WoT, the device can provide three to four hours of screen on without any problems.

Camera

Specifications Value Main camera resolution 13 MP + 2 MP Front camera resolution 13 MP Aperture value f/2.0 Movie resolution 1080p Frames per second 30 fps Push focus Yes Stereo sound Yes

The dual camera is used for two modes. The first is blurring the background, the camera softly increases the aperture value to f / 1.0 and creates a bokeh effect. It does not always do it neatly, it is immediately clear that the processing is software. Interestingly, after shooting, you can manually select an aperture value from f/1.0 to f/8.0.

It is also possible to refocus on an already taken frame.

Another scenario for using a dual camera is to create 3D images, and it is for viewing them that a special helmet was created from the smartphone box. Looks cool, but I wouldn't use this feature regularly.

As for the usual camera capabilities, they are quite mediocre. In natural light, the picture is traditionally good, with artificial light, the detail drops, and at night, many details become blurred.

I liked the front camera, by the way, the application has the ability to activate a picture by a smile, as well as a built-in beautifier. The work of the front flash also pleased, it is quite soft and does not overexpose the skin.

An example of video on the main camera is below, the maximum resolution is FHD, 30 fps, there is stereo sound and focus by pressing.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Wi-Fi available Yes, b/g/n Bluetooth Yes, 4.1, A2DP, LE GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds Mobile data GSM, 3G, LTE dual SIM-cards LTE-bands: 1, 3 , 5, 7, 8, 20 USB On-The-Go Yes NFC No

The first thing that upset me is that the smartphone does not have 5 GHz Wi-Fi and an NFC module, however, this is not surprising for this segment. Also, the lack of 38 “band” LTE should be attributed to the disadvantages, although this did not affect my daily use.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission, you and your interlocutor can hear each other perfectly.

Retail ZTE Blade V8 costs 17,000 rubles for the 32+3 GB version. In the branded online store myzte.ru, using the promo code "SPRING" until the end of March, the device can be purchased at 8% cheaper (however, at the time of writing this review, this model was not available).

For this money, you get a thin and light smartphone with a fresh chipset, the latest version of Android on board, a good FHD display, a fast fingerprint scanner and an interesting dual camera. The disadvantages I would include the lack of dual-band Wi-Fi, and personally I don’t really like the MiFavor shell. However, neither one nor the other particularly affected the impression of the device.

There is a lot of competition in the 15-17 thousand rubles segment, but ZTE managed to release a decent model with a good price-performance ratio and several unusual features (the same 3D photo, for example).

A serious competitor to this model is Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime, which has similar characteristics and is sold at the same price. Of the advantages of Prime, it is worth immediately highlighting a larger battery and a more functional MIUI shell. At the same time, this model is also sold in federal retail with a normal warranty. It costs the same 17,000 rubles.

Another competitor is Huawei Honor 6x. It also has a dual camera, a metal case, but the screen diagonal is higher (5.5 inches), but there is an NFC module. The price is 17,000 rubles.

Another model with a 5.5-inch display and similar specifications is the Meizu M3E. It has similar specs and the same price - 17,000 rubles.

The key advantages of the Blade V8 are a fresh version of Android, a brand new chipset and an original idea to turn the box into a kind of Google Cardboard. It is also one of the few devices with a diagonal of 5.2 inches and FHD resolution in the segment up to 17 thousand.