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    ZTE Blade V - budget quad core phone coming to the UK


    ZTE are bringing the Blade V, the latest in the Blade range of affordable Android devices that are aimed at the low to mid-range market, to the UK in partnership with Virgin Media.

    The first Blade device was very popular in the UK back in 2010 when it was launched by Orange as the San Francisco and ZTE quickly followed up with the mildly successful Blade 2 and Blade 3 devices.

    The specifications of the Blade V are:

    • 4’’ WVGA (800x480) 16M TFT capacitive touch IPS screen
    • Weight: 130 gram
    • Size: 126 x 64 x 10.9 mm
    • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8225Q, quad-core processor
    • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
    • Memory: 4GB eMMC + 1G DDR2 SDRAM, 2GB accessible to the user
    • Supports Micro SD memory card up to 32 GB
    • 5.0 MP AF camera with 4 x digital zoom + VGA front camera
    • Mobile standards: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) /HSPA/HSPA+/UMTS/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
    • Audio standards: MP3, AAC, AAC+, MIDI, AMR-NB, Ogg Vorbis, PCM/WAV
    • Video standards: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
    • Wireless communications standards: Bluetooth™ 4.0, A2DP1.2, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
    • Battery capacity: Li-ion1800 mAh
    • FM radio

    Interestingly, the specifications are quite similar to the HTC Desire 500 which is more than 3 times the price of the ZTE device.

    Virgin Media will be offering this device from Wednesday 4th September from as little as £13 a month on contract or £89.99 on Pay As You Go. Existing Virgin Media customers with a TV, Broadband or phone contract can get 20% off the price bringing it down to £71.99. The phone must be bought with at least £10 top-up credit.

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    Good value for PAYG, I'd like to see a review!

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    Posted

    Shame display res is quite poor rest looks amazing ! For value

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    hands on video (not in English but gives a good a look at the phone)

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    Shame they couldn't get at least qHD in there. Plus 5mp camera is pretty poor these days especially as ZTE cameras are usually rubbish anyways. I'm still intrigued as i have a soft spot for ZTE but if you're brave enough to order from China you can get much better bang for your buck.

    Plus adreno 203 is pretty much a fossil isnt it?

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    nice phone. £90 is cheap, phones with similar spec from htc, sony and samsung cost a lot more. Huewei's phones also cost a lot more, i think £90 for that phone is a very nice price. I do wish that it launched with atleast android 4.2 though, i wonder if 4.2 or 4.3 firmware updates will be released.

    The £13 contract is a 24 month contract btw, it is £22/month on a 12 month contract.

    p.s, where did you find this info from? Does the £89.99 include topup or do we have to buy £10 topup too?

    another foreign video review:

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    This is from the latest Virgin Media buyer's guide

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    Shame they couldn't get at least qHD in there. Plus 5mp camera is pretty poor these days especially as ZTE cameras are usually rubbish anyways. I'm still intrigued as i have a soft spot for ZTE but if you're brave enough to order from China you can get much better bang for your buck.

    Plus adreno 203 is pretty much a fossil isnt it?

    You seem to be trying to talk yourself out of buying one Frankish!

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    Shame they couldn't get at least qHD in there. Plus 5mp camera is pretty poor these days especially as ZTE cameras are usually rubbish anyways. I'm still intrigued as i have a soft spot for ZTE but if you're brave enough to order from China you can get much better bang for your buck.

    Plus adreno 203 is pretty much a fossil isnt it?

    You really don't. Most people on these forums are interested in ROM customization and there isn't much chance for that with these Chinese MediaTek devices. Sure there's xposed framework etc these days but you're still stuck hacking your stock ROM no matter what. There's no chance for your favorite AOSP based ROM (CyanogenMod, AOKP, AOSPA, RootBox, PAC, and the list goes on) on MediaTek platform, when there's no such problem with Qualcomm devices. Performance-wise msm8x25q should be in par with recent MediaTek quad-core platforms. And SGX544 GPU used in those is ancient too.

    Generally speaking, nice too see Snapdragon 200 devices finally hitting the market in Europe. These are planned as entry level devices so you can't expect miracles anyway. Seems that ZTE has hit a nice price point for that (at least for countries where Nexus 4 is not available at Play Store price :P).

    I do wish that it launched with atleast android 4.2 though, i wonder if 4.2 or 4.3 firmware updates will be released.

    Officially it won't. Qualcomm only supports Cortex-A5 platforms (msm7x27a, msm8x25, msm8x25q) up to Android 4.1. Surely it would run Android 4.3 great in form of CM10.2 for example. ;)

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    For the money I think it's a decent budget buy - specially when existing Virgin Media customers can pick one up with top-up for £82!

    The device ticks two very important boxes: Decent CPU and 1GB RAM. Normally the cheaper devices have fairly decent CPUs but are let down by 512MB or lower RAM like the Huawei G510. ZTE have (finally?) done the right thing by releasing a budget device that should perform pretty well.

    It should be a nice hackable device. Mediatek devices are a pain in the backside as Mediatek don't like to share source even though they are supposed to!

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    For the money I think it's a decent budget buy - specially when existing Virgin Media customers can pick one up with top-up for £82!

    The device ticks two very important boxes: Decent CPU and 1GB RAM. Normally the cheaper devices have fairly decent CPUs but are let down by 512MB or lower RAM like the Huawei G510. ZTE have (finally?) done the right thing by releasing a budget device that should perform pretty well.

    It should be a nice hackable device. Mediatek devices are a pain in the backside as Mediatek don't like to share source even though they are supposed to!

    Does it include a top up. Or. Is it 89 PLUS top up.

    Thanks

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