This Mobile World Congress is full of budget phones - from Motorola with the Moto G5 to Nokia with its first Android devices. Now ZTE is sharing two new devices at the event - the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite.

Let's start with the Blade V8 Mini (on the left of the above image), the more powerful of the two. It's rocking a Snapdragon 435 processor, a 5" display, a 2,800mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. Perhaps the most unique feature is the back 13MP dual cameras, which ZTE claims are great for taking Bokeh photos and generating 3D images. There's a 2MP front shooter as well.

Next up is the Blade V8 Lite, at the right of the above image. This model has a MediaTek 6750 processor, a slightly-smaller 2,500mAh battery, the same 2GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. In place of the Mini's dual camera system, there's a normal 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP camera for the front.

Both phones ship with Android Nougat (it wasn't stated if they have 7.0 or 7.1) with ZTE's MiFlavor 4.2 skin and use microUSB for connectivity. There's a headphone jack on both models too. ZTE says the V8 Mini will be on sale "in various markets across Asia Pacific and Europe," while you can expect the V8 Lite in Italy, Germany, and Spain.

Press Release

27 February 2017, Barcelona –ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, today unveiled the latest smartphone in the company’s device portfolio – the ZTE Blade V8 Mini. With a host of features for young people the stylish Blade V8 Mini is the newest member of ZTE’s Blade series and will initially be available for purchase in various markets across Asia Pacific and Europe.

 

“We are delighted to confirm the availability of the ZTE Blade V8 Mini, a device packed with a range of fun and innovative features,” said a ZTE spokesperson. “ZTE is constantly listening to its customers and we wanted to deliver a device that takes photography and VR experiences to a new level.”

The Blade V8 Mini sports a 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual rear camera that works concurrently with the rear flash, wonderful for taking Bokeh photos similar to those produced by an SLR camera. A refocus mode lets you select the focus area after shooting and F1.0~F8.0 gives you different photo effects. The Blade V8 Mini also supports 3D shooting, which combines two photos from the dual camera into one to generate a 3D picture, as well as manual mode, auto HDR, and multiple camera mode. The moonlight flash feature on the front-facing camera is especially ideal for users who want to take high quality selfies.

A multi-function fingerprint sensor is located on the Blade V8 Mini’s back, bringing users an extraordinary experience that allows for 360-degree finger scans and 0.3 second touch access. You can use your fingerprint to launch a corresponding app when phone screen is off or locked, and create private space to encrypt pictures, videos, documents, phone books, and SMS to protect your privacy. It also allows users to view encrypted apps.

The Blade V8 Mini features a 5.0-inch HD screen. The metallic luster makes this phone a beauty on both sides, with a body created using diamond cutting technology. With curved-edge glass, the Blade V8 Mini is comfortable to hold in your hand.

The Blade V8 Mini runs Android Nougat customized with ZTE's MiFavor 4.2 UI and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. It supports 4G+(optional), 4G and 3G carrier aggregation.

At MWC 2017, ZTE focuses on leading 5G evolution, advancing cloudification, creating the Internet of Everything, and launching state-of-art devices. The ZTE booth at MWC 2017 will be located at 3F30, Hall 3, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. Visitors are welcome to demo the latest pioneering technology for the new connected era, as well as view a thrilling holographic video and explore the Axon 7 & Google Daydream experience area and the Axon 7 Max and Blade V8 3D photo shooting experience zone.

Press Release

27 February 2017, Barcelona –ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, unveiled the latest iteration in its popular Blade series, the Blade V8 Lite, at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. The device is on display at ZTE’s MWC booth along with Blade V8 & Blade V8 Mini and the company’s other pioneering smartphone, the Axon 7 and ZTE Gigabit Phone.

 

“The Blade series has always been aimed at the young generation, and today we’re proud to showcase its newest member, the Blade V8 Lite, to the world.” said a ZTE spokesperson. “The Blade V8 Lite offers worldwide youth competitive features at an unbeatable price. With the powerful Android Nougat onboard, the Blade V8 Lite will redefine the mobile experience of entry level smartphones.”

Inspired by French upholstery, the continuous curve design and 8.0mm slim body give way to a gorgeous smartphone, and the No.205 Zircon-sand blasting cover provides industrial-grade quality. Besides an exquisite metallic design, the Blade V8 Lite sports an excellent 5.0-inch screen. In addition, the Blade V8 Lite features powerful 8M AF + 5M FF camera for high quality photo shooting with auto-mode to ensure users can shoot perfect photos easily. High-Dynamic Range can provide better images, while beauty mode can make photos look more attractive. The device also packs in competitive core components and features: MTK 6750 Octa-Core, 3D fingerprint technology, Android N, Mifavor 4.2 and more.

The ZTE Blade V8 Lite will be available in Italy, Germany and Spain markets. At MWC 2017, ZTE focuses on leading 5G evolution, advancing cloudification, creating the Internet of Everything, and launching state-of-art devices. The ZTE booth at MWC 2017 will be located at 3F30, Hall 3, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. Visitors are welcome to demo the latest pioneering technology for the new connected era, as well as view a thrilling holographic video and explore the Axon 7 & Google Daydream experience area and the Axon 7 Max and Blade V8 3D photo shooting experience zone.

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