ZTE’s Blade V9 Marketing Materials Leak, Show 18:9 Display
ZTE first made waves in the smartphone market the Axon 7, an affordable premium phone that went head-to-head with the venerable OnePlus 3. Now, the China-based smartphone maker is gearing up to release a new budget phone, the Blade V9, and its Spanish-language website spilled the beans a little early.
The Blade V9 is a budget phone like its predecessors, but with a few features you might associate with high-end devices. It has a 5.7-inch Full HD display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM (depending on the model), 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage, and a premium all-glass front and back.
ZTE’s upcoming smartphone also has a LED-equipped dual camera setup consisting of a 16MP, f/1.8 autofocus sensor and a 5MP fixed-focus sensor. The Blade V9’s front-facing camera is 13MP, and there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back, plus a hybrid dual SIM slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 3200mAh battery.
But the Blade V9 won’t be the most powerful smartphone on the block. It’s rocking a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450, a low-end, 1.8GHz octa-core chip that’s commonly found in budget phones. It won’t tear through applications and tasks like, say, the Google Pixel 2 XL, but assuming the price is right, the Blade V9 could be a new budget device heavyweight.
According to the leaked marketing materials, the Blade V9 will launch in two color variants — black and gold — and it’ll ship with Android Oreo. We expect to see it officially announced at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.