I remember the days when smartphones were plastic or polycarbonate, as some would like to call it. The Nokia Lumia and HTC One made polycarbonate sexy, just as how the iPhone 4 made metal and glass the benchmark of premium-looking phones. These days though, metal smartphones, whether partially or all-in have become the standard amongst the flagships. This also hasn’t stopped smartphone makers from pushing the envelope further. We’ve seen mid-rangers go ‘premium’ with metal, too.
You don’t have to look too far. The Galaxy A series, OPPO F1, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, vivo V3Max, and so many more mid-range phones have ditched plastic forever. Well, the good news is: it doesn’t stop there. Phones like the Redmi Note 3 prove that metal doesn’t have to be out of reach of the masses.
The thing is, we’re now seeing more phones under MYR1,000 dressed in metal.
The great news is that there’s a familiar brand that wants everyone to own a metal phone. And they do mean everyone. That means metal for cheap. OK, to put it in a nicer way – ‘aspirational.’
ZTE isn’t a stranger to Malaysia, or the smartphone scene. After the introduction of its flagship ZTE Axon Elite went silent; only to reappear recently with a dynamic duo – the Blade V7 Max and Blade V7 Lite.
No surprises, both come clad in metal and cost under MYR1,000. I’ve been using the Blade V7 Lite for a couple of weeks, thanks to a loan unit from ZTE Malaysia.
So, at just MYR669 we know it’s cheap. We know it’s all metal. We know it’s packed with features. But is it good? Let’s find out.