ZTE has introduced two new Android phones at MWC today, the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite. The two devices have very similar specifications with the V7 aimed at being the premium version of the two. It sports a 5.2″ display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage along with a octa-core processor running at 1.3 GHz. The V7 Lite will have a quad-core processor but will have the same 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It was also announced that the V7 will have a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Both devices will be running Android Marshmallow
We do know, based on the Press Release, that the focus of these devices is the EMEA market with no mention of the United States or Canada being mentioned as release markets but Mexico will see both devices. As far as pricing, that too is an unknown at the moment but I suspect we will see more details leak on that throughout the week.
Below is the Press Release from ZTE.
22 February 2016, Barcelona –ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, today launched the latest iterations in its popular Blade series, the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite, at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. Designed to meet the needs of today’s smartphone users, the two devices are on display at ZTE’s conference booth in Hall 3, 3F30, along with the company’s other pioneering technology for the smart lifestyle of the future.
“We’re proud to unveil the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite to the world at one of our industry’s most global gatherings,” said Jacky Zhang, CEO of EMEA and APAC, ZTE Mobile Devices. “These devices are the latest milestone in how ZTE Mobile Devices develops high-quality and affordable products that users truly need. In our brand’s transformation from business-to-business to business-to-consumer, we put users at the heart of everything we image and create.”
ZTE Blade V7
The Blade V7 is slim and sleek: Its full-metal, ergonomic body is only 3.5mm thick at its thinnest edge, sporting a 5.2-inch screen perfect for single-hand use. Its 78.2-percent screen-to-body ratio and 2.5D curved edge glass offers a stunning handful of fun. Blade V7 packs a punch with strong core components and features: powerful octa-core chipsets, 4G LTE plus, 2GB of RAM for ultra-fast entertainment, powerful front and rear PDAF cameras, and expanded Smart Sense intelligent gesture control features. It will be available in Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico by summer of 2016.
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
Smaller than the Blade V7 with a 5-inch display, the Blade V7’s features are anything but “lite.”Designed in Germany, this model comes with a circular fingerprint scanner for security, app quick-launch, and navigation. Like the Blade V7, the V7 Lite also comes equipped with a powerful camera and Smart Sense gesture control. This version will first launch in Russia before becoming available in Mexico, Spain, Germany and Thailand by spring 2016. The Blade series is aimed at the young and the young at heart in order to meet the needs of the largest group of global consumers. By the end of 2015, more than 30 million Blade phones were shipped in over 50 countries worldwide. As overseas users have higher requirements for product quality, the success of Blade is highly significant.
Looking at the press images released by ZTE, the Blade V7 looks really sleek.