Welcome to our feature - 'Chinese Import Device of the Week'. Here at MoDaCo we've developed something of an obsession with scouring the likes of AliExpress for interesting (and super cheap) devices, so we want to help you find the interesting ones!
We'll be covering generic brand devices as well as the better known brands like Xiaomi, ZTE and Huawei, with highlights and lowlights together with reviews of some of them both from the team and from MoDaCo members. This week we're looking at one of the 'big brand' devices... the ZTE V970.
What is it and what makes it worth of CIDotW?
The ZTE V970 is another Dual Core, Dual SIM Android phone. It shares it's body with the UK ZTE Grand X (bar the silver rim it looks virtually identical), but the internals are quite different.
Instead of the Tegra 2 setup on the Grand X, the V970 has the dual core Mediatek 6577 chipset. Coupled with a 4.3" qHD IPS screen, 4GB of storage (expandable via microSD) and 1GB RAM the package is pretty appealing.
How about if I told you it came in at just a shade over £110? :)
What's the specs?
The device features...
- Dual SIM
- 4.3" qHD IPS screen
- Android 4.0.4
- MTK6577 Dual Core CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB ROM
- microSD expansion
- 5.0 Megapixel camera, with auto foucs, LED light, 720P video recording
- 1600mAh battery
- 127.4 x 65 x 9.9mm
How much, from where?
The V970 comes in at $179.99 plus delivery from this seller on AliExpress. In this instance I can personally vouch for the seller - I bought one from them and it's arrived safe and well (I opted for DHL delivery). :) Note that you may be charged import duty on the phone and express delivery is also available at additional cost.
You've got one, what do you think of it?
I have... and i'll be writing a review! First impressions are very good, it definitely feels well made, I like the textured battery cover that we've seen before on the Grand X. The screen is excellent at the price point (although with some uneven lighting at the edges) and the software feels snappy. As one would expect, the software build is very Chinese - no Google apps here - but in 5 minutes flat I'd rooted, installed the Play Store and downloaded some apps. No big issue then. :) I haven't used the camera much yet, but I don't expect anything particularly exceptional... it does take pictures fast though.
I'll post more of my impressions here as I use it (it literally just arrived!) and keep an eye out for the full review.
Pros and cons?
- Good dual SIM functionality
- Decent performance
- Good screen
[*]Warranty claims may well be troublesome if required
[*]Google Play Store may not come pre-installed
[*]Free slow delivery is often slow
[*]Upgradeability to future OS releases is very much unknown
Do you have the ZTE V970?
Do you agree / disagree with my thoughts? Post below!