ZTE Blade V8 review
3D dual camera fun at an affordable price
Our ZTE Blade V8 review finds a very affordable smartphone (from £11.49 per month on a 24 month contract) that quite incredibly has a 3D dual camera. It will be really hard to find any other dual camera smartphone at this price, making the ZTE Blade V8 a real find for those who want a 3D dual camera and VR experience.
A sleek and luxurious design
The ZTE Blade V8 has very sleek feel to it and this has been achieved by using 2.5D curved edge glass on the front, a metallic finish on the sides and back, and a body that is only 7.7mm thick.
The camera module looks quite distinctive, sitting in a central position but with the two camera lenses being well spaced apart. In the hand, it is noticeable that there is little weight to the Blade V8 at 141g.
Comparison: The Blade V8 is lighter and thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S8.
There is also a very good colour range on offer, so there will be a colour to suit everyone. The colours that you can get right now in the UK include Dark Grey, Champagne Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.
FHD display and octa-core performance
The ZTE Blade V8 has a large 5.2” display that has FHD resolution. Full HD gives us 1920 x 1080 pixels, breaking down to 424 pixels per inch. This really does give all of the detail that you could want, be it for gaming, internet browsing or TV streaming.
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Inside, the Blade V8 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core 1.4GHz processor. This is paired up with either 2GB RAM and a 16GB internal memory or 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal memory.
More RAM and internal memory will of course cost more but will give a slight performance edge. The good news is that both models have a microSD card slot and this will allow you to boost the memory by up to 256GB, with a memory card.
Phone Set Up
Biometric security and privacy
The ZTE Blade V8 offers the convenience of biometric security, with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home key. A single touch will let you wake and unlock the phone. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to take a photo, answer a call or access the Private Space.
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If you do a lot of typing / texting, then you are well-catered for on the Blade V8. You can set up the phone to use either the standard Android keyboard or the TouchPal Keyboard. The TouchPal Keyboard has three designs ranging from QWERTY to two or three letters on a single key, in an AB or ABC format.
Android Nougat and Mifavor
The ZTE Blade V8 runs Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, which is given more of an iPhone style with the Mifavor 4.2 UI. Rather than having an app drawer, all apps are positioned on the home screens.
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Features of note include a Split Screen mode, Recorder (voice memo) and WeShare (copy, share or backup phone data) software. Useful apps from Google that are pre-loaded include the Google Calendar, Maps, Chrome browser, YouTube, Play Store, Gmail, Play Music, Play Games and Photo.
Camera & Video
Dual camera and 3D VR
The ZTE Blade V8 has a dual rear camera and this really is the phone’s biggest asset. The dual camera has a 13MP lens and a 2MP lens. With these, this ZTE phone can create bokeh effects with background blur.
You can even adjust the focus post-shot with Refocus Mode. This is handy if you have multiple people in the shot, letting you focus on one subject while blurring the other and then switching it around so that the other person is in focus.
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The Blade V8 can also use the dual camera for 3D photo shooting. You will need VR Goggles to enjoy the 3D effect, but it is nice to have if you may want to a VR experience in the future.
The camera app has a variety of shooting modes and these include Auto, Panorama, Effect (filters), HDR, Manual and Timelapse. With the GIF Maker you can create animations with two to fifty photos or use the Collage Maker to show off lots of photos in one go.
13MP selfie camera
You don’t always get a high resolution selfie camera but thankfully you do on the ZTE Blade V8. The 13MP camera captures better than true life results, with a 10-level beauty effect. The Moonlight Flash handles low light scenarios and the Smile feature helps you to get better results, by not needing to press a button in order to take the photo.