The Blade V9 and V9 VITA are ZTE's latest mid-ranges

Jo Lloyd
March 2, 2018

The real highlight, though, is the 5.7-inch display which has an 18:9 aspect ratio.

ZTE on Sunday added a pair of smartphones to its Blade portfolio of devices.

"Offering the first Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone based on the Snapdragon Mobile Platform continues to showcase how we keep the consumer at the heart of everything we do", said Jeff Yee, VP of Product Strategy and Marketing at ZTE Mobile Devices. The smartphone comes with a dual camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera with LED Flash. Pricing for the Blade V9 will start at €269 ($331 USD) while the Blade V9 Vita will start at €179 ($220 USD).

Apart from the changes mentioned above, the rest of the specs of the Blade V9 VITA are similar to the Blade V9, including the connectivity options, eight layered glass, battery capacity, and Android 8.1 Oreo OS. Both variants have a 3,100 mAh battery. The 8 MP camera on the front is flawless for taking selfies. Lastly, the device uses Snapdragon 435 SoC, which is significantly less powerful than the Snapdragon 450 SoC used in the Blade V9. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded. It has a 16 MP sensor at the back that is assisted by a 5 MP secondary camera.

Other specs include a fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB, hybrid dual SIM support, LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2, to name a few. That's the cutoff price point for the Blade line, with the more premium Axon tier running $400 and up.

The Tempo Go appears to be focused on the USA market, so we're not sure whether it will even come to our shores. The Chinese smartphone maker has also announced Temp Go as its first Android Go smartphone. Smartphones based on the new OS will run a totally different set of Google apps, carrying the "Go" suffix.

ZTE is not new to entry-level smartphones. The device houses Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. It is fitted with a 5-inch IPS LCD screen that supports a low resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Our mobile phones and other devices incorporate US-made chipsets, US-made operating systems and other components. This specific handset, revealed as part of MWC 2018, is the ZTE Tempo Go, and it is supposed to be on sale right now at the company's website for the unlocked priced of $79.99.

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