The ZTE Blade A530 was spotted in the Wi-Fi alliance a couple of months ago and has now been officially launched after recently showing up in a TENAA listing.
[Update: 11 Apr, 2018]:
Features confirmed after official launch:
- 2GB RAM
- 18:9 aspect ratio
- 1440 x 720 pixel resolution
- 2 MP Front Camera
- 5 MP Rear Camera
- Priced at 799 Yuan
The device seems to be an entry-level budget model which is aimed towards those who want an Android experience without spending a lot.
ZTE has always been a manufacturing company that focuses on making budget-friendly phones with decent specifications that buyers would like. While newcomers like Xiaomi and Vivo are already making flagship devices to compete with Apple and Samsung, ZTE continues to stride in their own path.
ZTE Blade A530 – A Compact Design
We know very little information about how the Blade A530 would look but going by the specifications available on the TENAA listing, it is confirmed that the phone will sport a 5.45-inch display. There is no word on whether it will have a bezel-less display as found in Samsung’s flagship models or the conventional display. The size of the phone is compact compared to many other devices which we can confirm based on the display size. The actual dimensions of the phone are 146.3 mm x 69.2 mm x 8.5 mm.
The A530 from ZTE is expected to be a mid-range or an entry-level model. When the manufacturer confirms the processor and the RAM, it should be easier to make a decision. The phone is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery. The manufacturer probably used a lower battery as they might have opted a lower resolution for the display and this should be more than enough to power it.
The previous model ZTE Blade A520 uses a MediaTek MT6737 processor and the Wi-Fi certification claims the A530 will use the MediaTek MT6739. This chipset has a 4-core ARM Cortex-A53 cluster and can’t compete with high end Snapdragon 435 or 450 variants. The dual SIM capability of the phone and its affordable pricing should make it a notable entry in developing markets.
Latest Android OS
Based on the Wi-Fi Alliance certification, the upcoming model will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box but don’t expect it to get updated to Android P as the hardware may not support it. Besides, you may have to use many Android Go apps so as to get a snappy experience because of the limited hardware power available on the ZTE Blade A530. The model uses 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and with the TENAA certification, we can say that the launch date is very close.