ZTE Blade V7 Lite review: Now everyone can have a metal phone

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ZTE Blade V7 LIte

Design and build

ZTE Blade V7 LIte

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.

ZTE Blade V7 LIte

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.

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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.

ZTE Blade V7 LIte

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.

Hardware

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.

ZTE Blade V7 LIte

Under the hood, the venerable quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6735P processor is mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.

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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.

ZTE Blade V7 LIte

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.

ZTE Blade V7 LIte

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.

Hands-on Review
Design & Build
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Pricing & Value for Money
3.9 Affordable Metal
Readers Rating 4 2 votes

Make no mistake, ZTE is serious about putting metal phones in everyone’s hands. The Blade V7 Lite can’t be beat on price, offering sheer (outstanding) value thanks to some generous specs and fantastic build. Overall, a neat little package that delivers big. Take up the Lazada offer!

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