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ZTE Blade V9 is a mid-range smartphone with a flagship design

ZTE introduced the mid-range Blade V9 at Mobile World Congress 2018. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is the ZTE Blade V9?

Update: read our Blade V10 review.

The Blade V9 is Chinese manufacturer ZTE’s latest mid-range smartphone. It was unveiled at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain on February 27 and is expected to hit the shelves in a number of major markets – including the UK – sometime over the course of the next couple of months.

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ZTE Blade V9 Specs: What’s it packing under the hood?

ZTE Blade V9
Battery 3200mAh
Camera (Front) 13MP
Camera (Rear) 16MP + 5MP
Display 5.7-inch Full HD (18:9)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Storage 32GB (expandable up to 256GB via microSD)

ZTE Blade V9 First Look: What’s it like?

The Blade V9 seems like a nice mid-range device that’s bound to impress. Durable glass takes pride of place on the front and back, with a strengthened aluminium frame holding everything in place on the side. I mean, what more could you ask from a smartphone that’s set to cost less than £300?

There’s a 5.7-inch Full HD 18:9 screen mounted on the front that’s somewhat pleasant to look at. Colours are rich and the maximum brightness is respectable – but it’s nothing to write home about, so much so that I was left more impressed by the more pixel-dense 5.7-inch Full HD+ 18:9 panel on the cheaper STK X2.

It’s worth touching on performance, even though what I experienced might not be on par with what you’d get in the real world, as this device was running demo firmware. The handset felt responsive, opening applications within a mere second or two. It also remained composed while switching between multiple intensive applications, like Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Much to my dismay, I didn’t have a chance to try out the rear- or front-facing camera. I was also unable to assess the performance of the fingerprint reader (mounted on the back). But you can bet your bottom dollar that a member of the Trusted Reviews team will put both through their paces for our comprehensive review.

ZTE Blade V9 Release Date and Price

The ZTE Blade V9 is expected to launch in the UK sometime over the course of the next couple of months, where it will retail for less than £300.

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