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ZTE’s latest smartphones deliver Android N on a budget

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Chinese smartphone maker ZTE launched two new handsets that offer fans the latest version of Android on a budget. They’re called the Blade V8 Mini and the Blade V8 Lite, and they both ship with Nougat pre-installed, 5-inch displays, expandable storage, and “features for young people.”

Despite being low-end, affordable handsets, both the Blade V8 Mini and the Blade V8 Lite sport attractive designs with metallic chassis and chamfered edges. They also offer fingerprint scanners, 5-megapixel selfie cameras, and they come in a range of pretty colors.

The Blade V8 Mini is the better option, with a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It also offers a 2,800mAh battery, and the same dual camera setup as the original Blade V8 Pro — with one 13-megapixel sensor and one 2-megapixel sensor that allow for some neat 3D shooting effects.

The Blade V8 Lite also has a 5-inch display, but it’s 720p. It’s accompanied by a MediaTek¬†6750 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2,500mAh battery, and a single 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Both devices will be available in markets throughout Asia Pacific and Europe, including Russia, Spain, Germany, and Japan. ZTE is yet to confirm a specific release date or pricing, but it has promised both devices will be ultra-affordable — as their specifications suggest.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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