- The ZTE Blade V9’s product page was up for a bit, then taken down
- Specifications indicate the Blade V9 will be a mid-range Android smartphone
- Odds are the Blade V9 will be announced during CES 2018
It’s almost been a year since ZTE announced the Blade V8, which lacked the Pro moniker but remained a solid option for those not wanting to break the bank. Fast forward to today, and someone at ZTE must have jumped the gun a bit, because the product page for the Blade V9 went up for a bit before being taken down.
Even with the page no longer available, TechAndroids was still able to get all the information about ZTE’s upcoming smartphone. That information starts with the Blade V9 being the company’s first phone to feature an 18:9 aspect display, which possibly brings the 5.7-inch display to a 2160 x 1080 resolution. There still appears to be a good amount of bezel above and below the display, so take that as you will.
Above the display sits a 13 MP selfie shooter, while a dual 16 MP and 5 MP camera system is found around back. Interestingly, only the 16 MP sensor is capable of autofocus — the 5 MP camera has a fixed-focus lens — so we assume that secondary camera is used for depth information than anything else.
Under the hood sit Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 chipset and either 2 GB, 3 GB, or 4 GB of RAM. We assume the amount of RAM corresponds with the amount of internal storage, since there are also three options to pick from: 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB. Regardless of the choice, the microSD card slot will net you additional storage, should you need it.
MicroUSB is what you’ll use to charge the phone, and all I can do about that is sigh. Ending on higher notes, the 3,200 mAh battery should be sufficient for all-day use, while Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box is always a good thing.
The question now becomes when the Blade V9 will be announced and for how much. My money is on an announcement during CES 2018, seeing how the product page briefly went up, and given the specifications, don’t expect to pay more than $300. We’ll find out for sure once the annual meet-up gets rolling, so stay tuned as we deliver all the news from the ground floor at Las Vegas.
December 28, 2017 at 09:01AM