Software & camera
Moving on to software, the Blade V7 Lite continues to pack outstanding value – running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZTE’s own UI called MiFlavor on top.
Talking about UI, ZTE’s flavour of Android is colourful and flat, nothing too overwhelmingly different from other UI layers.
ZTE throws the whole shebang in terms of smart features and gestures. It borrows OPPO’s off-screen gesture controls – trace a ‘C’ and up comes the camera app, or draw an ‘M’ and the music app fires up.
That’s not all.
The Blade V7 Lite also has something called Air Gestures – the phone responds to arm gestures. You can literally trace the letter ‘M’ with your arm (with the Blade V7 Lite in hand of course), and music will start playing. More about this later.
I think the camera is where the Blade V7 Lite does considerably well. Hardware-wise the 13MP main shooter is pretty good, with better than average autofocus speed and shutter.
The camera software is basic to say the least, but does include the prerequisite HDR and Panorama modes, as well as a Pro mode too.
I found it adequately snappy, especially with good ambient light. Colours tend to be on the washy side, though.
What I did like was the selfie camera. It’s quick and exposes images rather well. The selfie flash definitely helps when there’s a backlight, or when you’re in a low-lit environment.
It isn’t all about stills, of course. The 13MP rear snapper can do Full HD at 30fps.