The "1-Minute" Review
- Older Android version--Marshmallow 6.0
- Bulky, heavy design
- Weak low-light camera performance
- Back panel is a dirt and crumb magnet
Depending on where you’re from, ZTE might not be a household name. However, they’re expanding outside of their home market in China and establishing themselves as a household name around the world. Their latest mid-tier phablet—the Blade V8 Pro—looks impressive on paper.
But how does it fare in daily use? We’ve dug through reviews from around the world to see what they’re saying!
Making a budget-friendly phone often means making a few design sacrifices. The phone’s chassis is metal but the rear is a textured plastic. While none of the reviews were critical of the design or build quality, none praised it either.
Android Central said, “The Blade V8 Pro is not diminutive — it's big, even by big phone standards.” So if you’re a fan of using your phone with one hand, this one might not be for you.
Phone Arena was more specific and their opinions reflected the thoughts of many other reviewers. They noted, “The Blade V8 Pro is put together quite nicely, and looks reasonably attractive. The phone's just a little large, and doesn't go quite far enough in terms of premium-feeling materials.”
Flip the phone over and reviews get better. The phone’s 5.5-inch 1080p display was a hit with most reviewers. ChipChick said, “[The] colors are a bit muted and the contrast ratio is somewhat limited, but the viewing angles are decent and it’s bright enough to read in direct sunlight.” CNet agreed, saying, “When I watched videos and swiped through my photos, images were bright and clear.”
You’ll also find a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button. A few reviewers complained of accuracy issues. But, most had no problems and thought the ability to assign features to different fingers was a useful touch.
Powering the phone, you’ll find a 2Ghz Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Reviews show the eight-core processor has no trouble keeping up with daily tasks or playing games.
For software, reviewers weren’t as pleased. The phone ships with an older version of Android—6.0 Marshmallow. There’s no confirmation from ZTE that it will receive updates to the latest version. However, reviewers praised ZTE for keeping the interface close to stock—something that many other Chinese manufacturers don’t do.
With 32GB of internal storage, there is plenty of room for your favorite apps and games. But if you want to keep your media on your device, you’ll want to use the microSD port. This means giving up the dual SIM feature on the phone.
One of the most hyped features on the Blade V8 Pro is its dual rear cameras. Pairing both a color and monochrome 13MP sensor, ZTE claims their camera offers improved depth of field and better detail. Reviews found this true in good lighting. Unfortunately, all reviewers agreed that as lights dimmed, so did camera performance.
Android Central summed up opinions well when they said, “Nighttime scenes, once focus is fixed, are muddled and grainy but usable in a pinch; daylight scenes, on the other hand, are remarkably good for a phone of this price.”
Battery life once again saw opinions swing upward. None of the reviewers had any trouble pulling a full day of use out of the 3,140mAh battery. Add the QuickCharge 2.0 support for full charges in just over an hour and you should have little worry about hunting electrical outlets throughout your day.
Reviewers loved many aspects of the Blade V8 Pro. The biggest concerns for most were about the size of the phone and weak low-light camera performance. Despite this, all reviewers agreed that the phone offers exceptional value and keeps up with similarly priced competitors.
What the Critics Are Saying...
Prices (Where to Buy)
ZTE released the Blade V8 Pro on January 25, 2017.
ZTE Blade V8 Pro prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. ZTE's suggested retail price is $229.98. You can compare Blade V8 Pro prices from around the web here on The Informr.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the ZTE Blade V8 Pro user manual here.
ZTE backs up the Blade V8 Pro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Blade V8 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact ZTE support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find ZTE's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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