ZTE Blade V7 review
Premium feel, budget pricing
Our ZTE Blade V7 review finds an inexpensive smartphone priced from £8 per month on contract. But wait, this ZTE phone has a premium feel and you could even mistake it for the latest Apple iPhone or Huawei smartphone.
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The ZTE Blade V7 is both thin, at 7.5mm, and light, at 136 grams, and this has been achieved through using a metal body, of which is mostly aluminium. The rear case is coloured in either Ion Golden, Chromium Silver and Phthalo Blue.
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The design characteristics includes a pair of antenna stripes, gentle curves and a slightly raised beveled metal ring that highlights and protects the main camera lens. The design also includes a notification LED, which saves power and time.
Display and hardware
The ZTE Blade V7 has an ample 5.2” Full HD display made from 2.5D glass that curves at the edges. The display stretches from edge-to-edge and uses LCD IPS technology, giving the visual experience a glossy look with a fantastic resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
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This high resolution breaks down to 424 pixels per inch, which many scientists believe is above the number that the eye can distinguish. This means that images look like real life and there is no pixellation. The use of an edge-to-edge display sees a screen to body ratio of 70.4%.
The whole experience is powered along by a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor with 2GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
It is easy to move content over from an old smartphone and the ZTE Blade V7 has a 16GB internal memory. Of this, 10.9GB is free for the user to store apps, photos, videos and other data. If needed, the memory can be increased through the microSD card slot, which supports cards with a value of up to 32GB.
The first time you use the keyboard you will have the option to use either the stock Android keyboard with Google Voice Typing or SwiftKey. SwiftKey offers next word predictions through learning the way you type and common phrases that you use.
The ZTE Blade V7 uses Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, giving owners popular apps such as Google Voice Search, Chrome, YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps for GPS navigation.
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ZTE has added its Smart Sense function and this allows the owner to launch apps, even when the screen is off. For example, you can sketch an ‘O’ on the blank screen to open the web browser. There is a FM radio to compliment the music player, but you will need to use the included earphones, which work as an antenna, to pick up your favourite radio stations.
Camera & Video
High resolution camera
We might class the ZTE Blade V7 as a budget phone but there is nothing budget about the powerful 13MP camera. This has a f/2.2 wide aperture and this gives good light sensitivity, working well during the day and through the night.
Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF) is used for speed, with focus attained in 0.3 seconds. Aiding photography is a dual colour LED flash and shooting modes that includes time lapse, panorama, slow motion, continuous shot, gesture shot and video snap shot.
The main camera can record video at a quality of 1080p (Full HD) at a frame rate of 30 per second. The secondary camera is a 5MP portrait camera and this uses the screen as a flash for taking selfies in low light.
The ZTE Blade V7 has a 2,500mAh battery, which fits with the phone’s pricing. The battery offers up to 16 days of standby or up to 13 hours of talk time. The best piece of news here though is that you can completely recharge the battery, in just a little over two hours.
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Written by: Michael Brown