Review: ZTE Blade V8 Pro
ZTE managed to push out a solid smartphone in the Blade V8 Pro and yet it is sadly held back by a few weak points here and there.
On the plus side, the V8 Pro has an appealing design and good build quality. The curved glass and chamfered frame are particularly nice. The materials are definitely above average for a phone at this price. The phone also offers good call quality and good-enough data performance. Most people ought to be pleased with the camera, and the ZTE-skinned Android platform is powerful and runs well.
The negatives aren't as many, but they are strong detractors. First is battery life. This phone should have no trouble pushing through a full day with power to spare and yet it barely manages. Moreover, a power-management bug shuts off all apps once the screen has been off for 15 minutes. This is a real drag when you're listening to music. (Again, ZTE says a fix is in the works.)
AD article continues below...
At $230 the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is priced well for an unlocked handset, but it doesn't quite cut deep enough for me to recommend right now.
Review: Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10
Alcatel modified its impressive Idol 4S and swapped Android for Windows. This high-end Windows 10 handset boasts a solid spec sheet, attractive design, good build quality, and a reasonable price point.
Review: ZTE Blade X MAX for Cricket Wireless
ZTE's latest Android handset for Cricket Wireless is the monstrous Blade X Max. This beast of a smartphone offers a whopping 6-inch screen, all-day battery life, and a compelling software experience.
Review: Blu Vivo 5
Blu is selling the Vivo 5 directly to consumers unlocked. This Android device is slim, attractive, and made from good materials.
ZTE Cuts Into the Entry-Level Space with Two New Blade V8s
Feb 27, 2017
ZTE today announced the Blade V8 Mini and the Blade V8 Lite, two low-spec'd devices that will sit under the Blade V8 Pro released earlier this year. The phones share a number of features, including metal designs, rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, 5-inch HD displays, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage.