ZTE Blade V8 Pro hands-on at CES 2017

by Myriam Joire on January 6, 2017

Did you know that mid-range dual-camera phones are a thing at CES 2017? Consider the Honor 6X for example, or the Asus Zenfone 3 zoom, or the ZTE Blade V8 Pro. Yes, that name’s a handful, but it looks like ZTE’s got a pretty decent handset here.

The Blade V8 Pro boasts a 5.5-inch 1080p display covered in Gorilla Glass, a fast and efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage (expandable via microSD), and a 3140mAh battery — very respectable mid-range specs overall. In back, there’s a pair of 13-megapixel cameras which enable the usual shallow depth-of-field effects (think Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus), but we don’t know much else beyond this, like pixel size or f-stop.

Other features include an 8MP front shooter, a fingerprint sensor and NFC for Android Pay, a USB Type-C interface, and (thankfully) a headphone jack. The phone is made of metal with a grippy plastic back and feels really good in hand. It runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and supports dual SIMs. The Blade V8 Pro will be available unlocked in the US for $230 on ZTE’s website starting January 18.