Of all Chinese Smartphone corporations, ZTE has proved itself as the finest of this lot. Their Blade series seems to be at the top of this game as it hosts some of the most preferred smartphone models in the market. Here I am talking about the likes of ZTE Blade S6, Blade G2, Blade S6 Plus, Blade L2 and their recent Blade V6. In this piece, I will make the V6 my subject of discussion. Although ZTE has also released a Blade V7 I still feel that the V6 deserves to be credited for where it merits. As a matter of fact the V7 is just an upgrade of the V6, so the V6 ought to have all the recognition.
This smartphone does not come at a cheap price, but its tough aluminum body tells you that it’s built to last for as long as it takes. Here are some likeable features in this smartphone.
Aluminum Body and Sturdy build
To justify the high price for this phone, ZTE had to do more than just include some powerful internal features like processors, memory and such kind of stuff. Of course, the first area that the designers would have ventured into while trying to compensate for the high price – would have been in the design. Instead of using the glossy plastic they used in the Blade S6, ZTE opted for a truly polished aluminum casing. The entire body is metallic apart from the camera section which is made of high-quality plastic.
To some extent the V6 resembles the iPhone 6, especially judging from the curved edges and tough glass screen. However, it’s significantly slimmer than the iPhone and also has its speaker placed at the lower back end, unlike on the edges in iPhones. This phone measures 142 by 69.5 by 6.88 mm and weighs 122 grams. This tells you that it can fit in your palm perfectly and that it’s pretty light. If you want a compact phone, then this is the true meaning of compact.
This smartphone runs on android Operating system, version 5.0.2 Lollipop. Its 1.3GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A53 processor handles quite well in all activities including gaming. It uses a MiFavor 3.0 intuitive interface which doesn’t feature an App drawer. However, you can always install your own launcher if the original one doesn’t please you.
This phone has an internal memory of 16 GB and a 2GB RAM. Users are given the option to expand the internal memory as they please up to 256 GB. The Sim 2 slot is used as the SD slot. I did not find any issues with the phone’s multitasking ability. Nevertheless, the android (5.0) version on this gadget was a bit of a letdown. For a phone launched towards the end of 2015, ZTE would have considered waiting for a higher android version, for the sake of this phone.
The V6 uses an LCD capacitive screen which I have no complains about. It measures about 5-inch and has a resolution of 720×1280 Pixel. The screen is quite big as its ratio to body size is almost 70%. The screen is equipped with other features such as active proximity and light detectors. While gaming I experienced less strain from the highly responsive capacitive touch screen. The only issue I’d like to highlight is that people with sweaty palms will have to stay ready with a handkerchief when using this phone. This is because the screen gets messed up easily and you have to keep wiping it, in order to get rid of the fingerprints.
An explicable Camera
Although I won’t call the V6’s camera a work of genius, it sure is something that ZTE can boast of. This phone has a 13MP primary camera, which is complemented with a dual-LED flash. Just like many of the phones in the blade series, it supports Geo-tagging functionality and supports face detection. On the video, the 13MP lens can record Full HD videos with a resolution of 1080 Pixels. The video can be recorded with speeds of up to 30 frames per second.
The secondary camera is a 5MP lens which is also a performer. I tried a Skype live call with a friend using the phone and I noted that there was no blurredness even in low lighting, on the other end. The primary camera, however, needs adequate lighting so that it can produce pictures with low color saturation. The maximum resolution on the front camera is a 640×480 pixel resolution. It can record high-quality 3Gp videos, during those ‘selfie’ moments.
This phone supports both GSM and 3G bands. It has dual sim functionality but the Sim2 slot also doubles as the SD card slot. It, therefore, comes with a removable tray on which you can fit both the sim card and the Memory card. The Wi-Fi Radio is an 802.11 b/g/n chip and can handle data transfer speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Other connectivity options include GPS support and Bluetooth. The Bluetooth version on this phone is the standard V4.0, nothing too exaggerated.
ZTE copied iPhone on the battery design on this phone, as it is non-removable just like in iPhone 5s. It is a 2200-mAh Lithium-ion battery that can last over seven hours on talk time. The 440 hours standby time means that you can comfortably cruise anywhere with this phone and it won’t die on you. You also get about four hours on serious gaming and slightly more time than this when playing music on the phone.
Pricing and verdict
This phone is priced at 18,850 Rupees on average. It comes with about two years of warranty from the manufacturer, but you can confirm this from the store you will buy it from. I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t made up the decision on which smartphone to buy but intends to buy a phone at this price range. Obviously, if you add a few hundred Rupees, you could get the V7. But why pay more and there’s really not much difference between the two smartphones?
|Operating System||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop|
|Dimensions||5.59 by 2.74 by 0.27 inches|
|Display size||5 inch|
|Screen resolution||720 x 1280 p|
|Camera||13 MP (Primary) 5MP (secondary)|
|Processor||Quad-core Cortex A53 chip (1300MHz)|
|Internal memory||16 GB|
|Wi-Fi||Yes 802.11 b/g/n|