ZTE have taken over the mantle from HTC as being the leading name in budget priced smartphones. Their latest release, the Blade V, is available through Virgin and raises the bar for what consumers can come to expect from a sub-£100 smartphone.
The biggest selling point of the Blade V is that it has a quad core 1.2GHz processor and a dedicated Adreno 203 graphics processor along with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Storage can be increased to 32GB with the use of the microSD card slot. The 4 inch screen is WVGA and the phone features a 5mp rear facing camera with a built in LED flash. The front facing camera is only VGA but buyers will enjoy Android 4.1 and there’s also a suite of software, which includes Kingsoft Office software.
The specs may not be top end but the increase in power does beg the question of whether a Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5 really justifies the outlay required to buy one.
In terms of pricing for the Blade V, existing Virgin customers get the best deal with a 20% discount meaning that it will cost just £72. A SIM free model will set you back £89.99 or you can get the phone on contract deals for £15 on a SIM only deal or £13 on a two year contract.
HTC were once the king of budget smartphones but they have begun to produce high quality, high spec, and high priced phones like the HTC One. They have also begun to release a deluge of mid-range phones including the Desire 601, which they have just announced.
The Desire 601 only has a dual core processor but it has been clocked at 1.4GHz but it too will only have 1GB of RAM.
Unlike other HTC handsets, the camera is not the ultrapixel model that is seen in the One, unfortunately. Instead you will have to make do with a 5mp rear facing camera and a VGA front camera. You do, however, still receive access to HTC Sense and Blinkfeed as well as ZOE. The phone is set to arrive in September and will be 4G ready as soon as it hits shelves.