This new budget smartphone from ZTE is actually the Blade D6 launched last year. And all the specifications and features of the phone which has now been launched in India as Blade V6 are same as the old Blade D6. Launching at Rs 9,999, this smartphone seems expensive today due to being a year old but maybe the Blade V6 can attract us with its features.
design and texture
The design of the phone attracts attention only when it is held in the hand for the first time. And we got the same response from whoever we gave the phone to for the first time. This phone is 6.8 mm thin and its weight is just 122 grams. Apart from this, the grip of the phone is very good, which makes it feel like an iPhone when held in the hand.
The phone is convenient to hold and the buttons are easy to reach. The fit and finish of the buttons on the phone is not the best as the buttons are a bit wobbly and the power button in our test unit also had some issues. According to the company, the 5-inch HD IPS display offers good brightness in daylight. There is no scratch protection provided in the display, so you have to be extra careful during everyday use. The resolution is also HD only and not Full HD. There is a capacitive button at the bottom of the display which is equipped with a blue light.
The Blade V6 sports a metal frame and rear but does not sport a unibody design. The hybrid SIM tray is on the left and the phone supports 4G for the Indian band. But 4G support will be available only in the first SIM slot, while only 2G is supported in the second SIM slot. You can expand the internal storage up to 64GB via microSD card if you use only one SIM.
There is a mono speaker on the rear. This phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash. Due to being an old model, fingerprint sensor has not been given in the phone as expected.
When you buy the Blade V6, you will get a standard 5W charger and a data cable in the box. The quality of the accompanying accessory is excellent and should last a long time.
Specifications and features
I wish ZTE had put some effort into updating the processor before launching this phone here. The Blade V6 is powered by a basic quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor. The phone has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. According to Android Lollipop, these specifications are fine and we got to see its effect in the benchmarking test as well. The phone got good figures in the benchmarking test. Talking about other specifications, the phone has Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, GPS and FM radio.
Having an old chipset in the phone is not a big deal if the price of the phone is kept carefully. But software puts obstacles in the way. Blade V6 runs on Android 5.0.2 which is two versions older than the latest version of Lollipop, Lollipop is also now two versions older than the latest Android. Also, things get worse when an update hasn’t been released since November last year to fix the security flaw. This is especially troubling after hearing about hacks and security-related news on the Android platform.
The stock launcher offers a single-layer layout on the home screen of the phone which is quite confusing due to the poor choice of icons. The good thing is that you can make things much easier by switching from the stock launcher. For those who prefer the back button to the right of the home button, ZTE has given an option to swap out the function of the capacitive button.
Many third party apps come pre-installed in the phone. You can’t even uninstall some of these like two music players. Apart from this, with Eliveshare, you can send files and messages through ad-hoc networks. Chatz, also a messaging service, comes pre-installed with Every Stripe Live Wallpaper, Hubby News, Shazam, Google’s app, and AVG Antivirus.
Like music players, most of these apps cannot be removed. These include ZTE’s iShow app, which lets you play the video of your choice when the phone is unlocked. Most of these apps are those that you will rarely use but will not get rid of them.
The performance of Blade V6 is very fast and the phone works fast. Apps launch very fast and multi-tasking can be done without any hassle. The phone does not even heat up while playing games. The call quality found in the phone is not very great and we had hearing problems during the call even at full volume and the microphone is also very weak.
The Blade V6 supports media playback and supports high bit-rate Full HD videos as well. The audio performance isn’t bad either, thanks to the Arkamys sound. Despite the mono speaker, the volume level is good, making the video watching experience a great experience.
The 13-megapixel camera given in the phone gives detailed macro pictures in daylight but landscape shots are average. The detail level also isn’t great, especially on objects that have pictures facing them. Photos are not very good in low light especially when there is only one or two lights but apart from taking landscape pictures of a street, the camera does not work well. There is also trouble with focus and store speed with slow ambient light.
The front camera does a great job for selfies but only in good light. The camera app is similar to the Android app that we have been seeing on every budget smartphone for quite some time now. Apart from this, Face Beauty, Panorama, Live Photo and HDR and Gesture Shot are available. The camera app has filters and a long press on the shutter button activates burst mode.
With the 2200 mAh battery given in the phone, we were able to run the phone for a whole day. The battery lasted for 8 hours and 7 hours in our video loop test, which is not bad.
It is not really clear why ZTE has just launched this model especially when this phone The upgraded variant was launched at the Mobile World Congress this year. Is. The Blade V6 is priced at Rs 9,999 and is currently available only at Hotshot retail outlets in Delhi.
There is no reason to buy this phone except for its beautiful design and great battery life. Outdated software and security are two big drawbacks and these are reasons enough to not buy the phone.