ZTE Blade V9 and Blade V9 VITA hands-on

26 February, 2018, 10:22 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Mid-range ZTE Blade V9 and low-end Tempo Go are officially unveiled at MWC 2018

We are keen to see how the Android Go handsets launched so far (Alcatel, HMD/Nokia and now ZTE) fare in the market and are looking to get some hands-on time with the phones while we're here at Mobile World Congress.

The sleek and effortless design of the ZTE Blade V9 features an industry leading screen-to-body ratio of 83.6%, and provides a superior user experience that allows consumers to quickly and efficiently navigate with minimal reach. Like with most companies, ZTE has two variants for the phone: a 32 GB storage with 3 GB RAM and a 64 GB storage plus 4 GB of RAM. In contrast, the Black, Gold, Blue and Gray variants of the regular Blade V9 all come with the same smooth glass finish. The phone comes with a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels.

One of Google's big initiatives for 2018 is Android Go, a lite version of Android 8 Oreo that is optimized for phones with 1 GB of RAM or less. Both still employ 18:9 displays, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual-camera's and are about the same size and shape.

Perhaps the most persuasive aspect of the Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita, though, is their pretty competitive pricing.

The smartphone is also equipped with a dual rear camera setup with a 13MP main sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. The resolution of the front-facing camera has also been trimmed down to 5MP. Keep in mind that the ZTE Tempo Go will only work on GSM-based wireless carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Lastly, the device uses Snapdragon 435 SoC, which is significantly less powerful than the Snapdragon 450 SoC used in the Blade V9.

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And then there's the ZTE Blade V9 Vita, a slightly toned down version of the V9 Blade.

The pair of phones run Android 8.0 Oreo and share a number of basic specifications with each other. The Chinese smartphone maker has also announced Temp Go as its first Android Go smartphone.

The ZTE Tempo Go is an entry-level smartphone.

Stateside, you can already purchase a modest ZTE Tempo Go with Android Oreo (Go edition) software online in exchange for a measly $79.99. The smartphone has a 5.45-inch display with the aspect ratio of 18:9. The device houses Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. At the front, there is an 8MP selfie snapper.

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