Design and build
How much is this again?
With the Blade V7 Lite, I almost always forget how much this baby costs. The fact is, it’s impressively built. It features an all-metal aluminum alloy design and build, nicely thin at just 7.9mm, and weighs a featherweight 135g. ZTE says it’s designed in Munich, Germany and I wouldn’t argue with you if you said this was good-looking. Because, well, it is.
At the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack, while down at the bottom, micro-USB charge port is standard feature.
Over on the left side of the device is the + and – volume buttons, that feel tactile and solid; and on the opposite side a power button that’s placed perfectly for your thumb.
What’s impressive is that on the back, there’s a multi-function fingerprint sensor below the camera module. ZTE is proud of this – it’s plenty quick, it unlocks the phone in just 0.3s. The great thing about it is that it’s no one trick pony, because it lets you assign your fingers to launch different apps, and secure your apps and private contents.
Impressively, it also has backlit capacitive buttons on the front, something some pricier mid-range phones don’t even have. Again, let’s not forget how much this thing costs.
The Blade V7 Lite packs a 5-inch HD IPS display with curved edge 2.5D glass. It’s sharp, crisp with vibrant colour. Not Super AMOLED or Retina Display level, but good enough.
Under the hood, the venerable quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6735P processor is mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.
It’s a dual-SIM, dual-standby 4G LTE device, with support for microSD via a hybrid SIM. So you’ll have an option to utilize two SIMs, or sacrifice SIM 2 for microSD expansion.
Keeping the device juiced is a large 2,500mAh battery, enough to keep it running a full day.
In the camera department, the Blade V7 Lite impresses with a 13MP main snapper with LED flash. Meanwhile, on the front it gets an equally impressive 8MP selfie shooter. Selfie-lovers will love this front camera, not only because of it’s high resolution and has wide-angle lens, but also because it has a front-facing LED flash. Never have a badly-lit selfie, ever again.
As far as a modern smartphone goes, even a budget one, the Blade V7 Lite ticks all the checkboxes. That includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS/GPS and FM Radio.