ZTE Blade V7 Lite review
A touch of premium at a budget price
The ZTE Blade V7 Lite has a pocket and bag friendly 5” HD display. This gives us a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which is perfectly okay for a phone in this pricing bracket.
What stands out more though is the amount of control you have over this display. After unboxing this ZTE phone you will find it best to max out the brightness as standard and this gives an overall cool colour temperature.
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From here you can tweak the display to your own preferences by turning on Vivid Mode to enjoy warmer colour temperatures. You can also manually adjust the saturation, contrast and colour temperature, in order to fine tune the display to your exacting preferences.
The ZTE Blade V7 Lite has metallic aluminium alloy bodywork, which is typically unheard of on a phone in the budget pricing bracket. The use of aluminium keeps the weight down to 133.8 grams and gives this phone a slim waistline at 7.9mm thick.
The front makes use of curved edge glass, while on the back we find the camera module and similarly sized fingerprint scanner, which is slightly recessed into the body. The home key is highlighted as a blue circle and a quick tap on this briefly lights up the buttons either side.
Phone Set Up
One of the biggest attractions of the ZTE Blade V7 Lite is fingerprint recognition. This premium phone feature reads fingerprints through 360 degrees and can unlock the phone in just 0.3 seconds.
Fingerprint recognition on the Blade V7 Lite can also be used to perform other tasks. First off, you can create up to five app shortcuts, which are triggered by fingerprints from differing fingers.
Next, song fingerprint navigation is pretty handy when listening to music, while the App Lock and Private Content Lock can be set up to protect your private files, photos and videos.
Set up may include transferring data, music, photos and videos over from an old Android or Apple iPhone. There is an internal memory of 16GB for this and a 32GB microSD card can be used to expand the memory further, if needed.
Android OS and MiFavor UI
The ZTE Blade V7 Lite runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with ZTE’s own MiFavor user interface giving the experience a more unique look. The most notable of ZTE’s tweaks is the redesign of the app icons, which get a square shaping with rounded corners.
Although not included, you can purchase the ZTE Smart Cover. It is a purchase worth making though as the case includes a clear circular panel through which you can see an analogue clock or a circle of essential apps.
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ZTE has also added in gestures recognition for carrying out certain tasks. These includes drawing the letter ‘z’ to make a call or drawing the letter ‘m’ to play music.
All of the features are managed by a 1GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. This isn’t particularly powerful and it is the biggest sacrifice of choosing a budget smartphone. However, if you don’t mind the odd second of delay, when opening apps for example, then it isn’t such a big deal.
Camera & Video
Front and back LED flash
The ZTE Blade V7 Lite has a 13MP main camera with a LED flash and an 8MP selfie camera, which also has its own LED flash. The camera app offers six pro auto modes and has handy features such as voice control, selfie mode, front panorama,beautify selfie, face detection and HDR.
In practice, the camera is particularly good at taking close up shots and can be used to record 720p HD video.
The ZTE Blade V7 Lite has a 2,500mAh battery and because of the screen size, screen resolution and smaller processor, it is easy enough to get through the day. We also note that 3D gaming and video streaming doesn’t suddenly drain every last bit of power.
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Written by: Michael Brown