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ZTE announces all-metal mid-range Blade V7

ZTE has used MWC 2016 to announce a pair of new low-to-mid-range smartphones, one of which features an attractive all-metal design.

Last, year, we were quietly impressed with the entry-level ZTE Blade S6, but the Chinese manufacturer appears to be aiming a little higher with the V7 range.

The ZTE Blade V7 looks every inch the flagship phone, with an all-metal body and and higher-than-average 78.2-percent screen to body ratio. Coupled with a 5.2-inch 1080p curved-edge display, it should be ideal for single-handed usage.

However, the rest of the ZTE Blade V6’s specs show its mid-range roots. It has an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 CPU backed by 2GB of RAM, and an 13-megapixel main camera.

Meanwhile, the ZTE Blade V7 Lite looks to be an even more affordable option, with a regular plastic body. It’s also slightly smaller, with a 5-inch 720p display, and it runs on a lesser quad-core MediaTek MTK6735P CPU. There’s also a lesser 8-megapixel main camera on the Lite model.

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Interestingly, the Blade V7 Lite also has a fingerprint sensor, which its big brother lacks.

ZTE doesn’t seem to have any plans to bring these two new phones to the UK (or the US or Australia, for that matter) any time soon. The Blade V7 will hit Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico this summer, while the Blade V7 Lite will be coming to Russia, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and Thailand in the spring.

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