7.1/10
Informr score
The ZTE Blade V8 Pro currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • All-day battery life
  • QuickCharge 2.0 support
  • Bright screen
  • Solid build quality
  • NFC support
  • Snappy performance
  • microSD support

What's bad

  • 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.


OS
No
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is proof that cheap phones don’t have to suck.

- Lewis Leong, TechRadar
Talk Android

When it comes down to it, the ZTE Blade V8 Pro isn’t a bad phone. There’s not too much that makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd, except for the price. On Amazon, you can get all of this for a meager $230 — that’s easily the most impressive part of the phone. For the...

- Brad Ward, Talk Android
Android Community

The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is better than it has any reason to be.

- Daniel Bader, Android Community
Chip Chick

If you’re looking for an affordable, competent, and feature-rich handset, there’s no doubt the Blade V8 Pro delivers. But with the Honor 6X playing in the same league, it’s a much tougher game. The Blade wins on paper, but there’s more to making a solid handset than a nice sp...

- Myriam Joire, Chip Chick
Neowin

The Blade V8 Pro is a phone that has a lot of potential. On paper, it offers the perfect package of price and specifications. But, like many things that look good on paper, the Blade V8 Pro just doesn't live up to expectations.

- Timi Cantisano, Neowin


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Screen Size
5.5"

The ZTE Blade V8 Pro's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS
No

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3140mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3140 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 23 days standby time, 1440 minutes, 728 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Blade V8 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date January 25, 2017
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.48 W/kg
Body: 0.92 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3140 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 728 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1440 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 23 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black Diamond
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.7 x 0.9 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 185 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (13 MP 2nd camera), HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE Z978

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