The ZTE Blade V8 Pro was announced at the CES event earlier this month, but the company promised that it will be available later this year.
In a recent confirmation that ZTE will be attending the MWC tech show in Barcelona this coming month, the company confirmed that its recent devices, including the ZTE Blade V8 series and last year’s Axon 7, will be available for preview at the event.
While the company also added that it will be revealing a new breakthrough concept phone at the event, it is suddenly not the newly-leaked ZTE Blade V8 Lite. When a company last said it is releasing a concept phone, the Xiaomi Mi MIX was born, but for now, we have quite a few details regarding the new V8 Lite.
As noted earlier, ZTE said that its Blade V8 series will be available at MWC 2017. As for now, the only phones in the series are the standard ZTE Blade V8 and the Blade V8 Pro. Looking at previous releases, this is not a strange move from the company. Last year, the Blade V7 Lite was released in February, which is just a few days away from now. If the V7 Lite is anything to go by, we expect to see slightly slimmed-down specs and features on the upcoming ZTE Blade V8 Lite when compared to the standard V8.
The Wi-Fi Alliance listing has confirmed that the Blade V8 Lite will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but there is nothing else it gives out with regards to specs. As for the standard Blade V8, you get a 5.2-inch 1080p display screen, a Snapdragon 435 SoC under the hood that is paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage or 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. There is room for microSD card storage.
The back panel has a dual-lens camera setup that houses one 13MP shooter and another 2MP lens. There is support for AF, HDR, touch focus, LED flash and ability to record 1080p videos. The front shooter has a 13MP lens that can also record 1080p videos. To fire it up, the ZTE Blade V8 ships with a 2730mAh battery unit and is available in silver, rose gold, dark grey, and champagne gold. You also get a fingerprint scanner on the front and like its leaked ZTE Blade V8 Lite counterpart, there is Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
Now, when comparing what happened with the ZTE Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite, fans of the upcoming ZTE Blade V8 Lite can expect anything close to a 5-inch HD display screen alongside a MediaTek processor like the ones used on last year’s V7 series. The phone could also drop the dual-camera feature as well as chop some megapixels off the front sensor, but the LED flash could be retained. Last time out, the battery remained at 2500mAh for both units – it is possible this could be repeated, or the V8 Lite could come with a slightly smaller 2500mAh unit.
Be warned that these are just educated guesses and nothing has been confirmed by ZTE as at the time of this writing. The only concrete information we have right now is the Wi-Fi Alliance clearance, otherwise, the rest of the details about this ZTE Blade V8 Lite are based on speculation.