The Blade V8 is another new dual-camera smartphone, courtesy of ZTE

Victor, 06 January 2017

The ZTE Blade V8 Pro definitely turned some heads at its CES 2017 announcement. We already managed to secure some hands-on time with the phone and frankly, kind of liked it. The "Pro" moniker already suggested there's another model coming, but now it is official - ZTE unveiled the basic Blade V8.

Now, you would be forgiven for thinking the pair isn't related in any way. The ZTE Blade V8 has a radically different exterior. It is still just as elegant, perhaps even more so, thanks to the diamond-cut metal body and 2.5D front glass. The clean front side does offer some similarity, but the back features completely different, horizontal arrangement for the dual-camera setup.

That is one of the devices signature features and the main fuel for ZTE's ad campaign targeted squarely at the younger crowd. The setup consists of a 13MP full-featured camera with autofocus and an additional 2MP fixed-focus one. The latter is clearly designed for a supporting role and provides depth and spacial information for some interesting effects, including 3D shots and bokeh effects.

Other hardware on the Blade V8 includes a 5.2-inch FullHD LCD fitted in a body measuring 148.4 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm. Underneath the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core chipset. Sadly, it is not a 14nm unit, like the Snapdragon 625 inside the V8 Pro, but then again, it is a lower end phone. The Blade V8 is available with either 2GB RAM plus 16GB storage option or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Other notable features include a fingerprint reader, FM radio and a 2,730 mAh battery. ZTE is also shipping the Blade V8 with a fresh new Android 7 Nougat ROM, with Mifavor 4.2 UI on top.

You can expect the Blade V8 to hit shelves in Russia and Japan around February 2017 and around a month later in Germany, Spain and China. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.


Reader comments

5.5" vs 5", not the same ...

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Jan 2017
  • HjB

They do have Blade V8 Pro.

  • AnonD-629754
  • 08 Jan 2017
  • uv4

if you have 2 camera module the ones with the smaller specification ll dictate. For depth calculating! well, any good programmer ll tell you front camera can do that too. yeah, regularly both cameras are active for an Droid, specially front. als...

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