ZTE Blade V6 is perhaps the best looking smartphone under Rs 10,000 currently but it doesn't offer the best specs.
ZTE is a very renowned Original Equipment Manufacturer and is known world over but the China based company is not active in the Indian smartphone industry. But off late it has increased its activities and has announced couple of smartphones for the Indian market.
Last month, it announced the ZTE Blade V6. We used the phone for about two weeks and here is our review of ZTE Blade V6.
But before that let's have a recap of the V6's specifications. The dual-SIM based ZTE Blade V6 has a 5 inch HD IPS display and an aluminum body of just 6.8 mm thickness. It is powered by MediaTek MT6735 1.3 GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM. There is 16 GB of internal memory, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera in the phone. The ZTE Blade V6 is powered by 2200 mAh battery and runs on Android 5.0 operating system. The handset measures 142 X 69.5 X 6.8 mm. For connectivity, it has Dual SIM, 4G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and micro USB 2.0 port.
The sub-Rs 10K segment is filled with phones with metal unibodies. Phones like Le 1s, the latest Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Coolpad Mega etc have garnered rave reviews for their looks. But the ZTE Blade V6 takes it to a whole new level.
Its looks just like an iPhone (take it as a compliment). At first I couldn't believe that I am actually seeing the ZTE Blade V6 that costs just Rs 9999. Its so light and comfortable to hold that I couldn't think of any device in the price segment which would be properly termed as its rival.
In the V6, the power and volume buttons are on the right hand side while a hybrid SIM tray is on the left. A 3.5 mm jack is at the top while a micro USB port is at the bottom. In the back, the rear camera and a dual LED flash light module is on the top left corner. There are two microphones - one in the bottom and other alongside the LED flash light module - for noise cancellation.
Below the front display, there are three off-screen touch keys - return, home, menu (from left to right). The home key is in a circle form while the other two are highlighted with tiny dots. Thankfully, ZTE has highlighted them with blue like stuff that perfectly contrasts the black front and thus these are visible even when the display is off but locating in dark is still a bit difficult. Thankfully, they glow as soon as you switch on the display.
All in all, the ZTE Blade V6 is a well designed for and I have no second thoughts in granting it full score in this front.
The Blade V6 has a 5 inch touchscreen which has high definition resolution. I was pleased with the screen's output (colour and brightness) as well as behavior (touch input).
The phone is powered by the MediaTek MT6735 1.3 GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM - not the best combination under Rs 10,000. Worse, it has the older Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system. Though I did not encounter any lag in the phone and in fact, it managed to play a pretty heavy FPS game - the Suicide Squad - pretty easily.
The 2200 mAh battery of Blade V6 managed to offer about 10-12 hours of back up. Again, under Rs 10,000, you can get smartphones with far better back up.
The ZTE Blade V6 has decent front and rear cameras. I loved their output in good lighting. The phone offers normal connectivity options including micro USB port, 3.5 mm jack, WiFi (b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0.