ZTE adds more options to its Blade series with the V8 Lite and V8 Mini

Following up on the Blade V8 and the V8 Pro, ZTE is offering even more options with two new devices in the same series — the Blade V8 Lite and the V8 Mini.

The Chinese company made the announcement Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Both the Blade V8 and V8 Pro were announced at CES 2017 in January, and are currently on the market, though only the Pro is available in the U.S. The Blade V8 is available in Russia, Japan, and Malaysia, but it will expand to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia in March.

Click here to learn more about the V8 Pro, and read on for everything you need to know about the rest of the Blade V8 series.

More: ZTE Blade V8 Pro: Our first take

Blade V8 Mini

The Blade V8 Mini is a 5-inch smartphone with a Full HD resolution. Like the regular Blade V8, it’s powered by the same Snapdragon 435 processor, but the Mini only comes with 2GB of RAM. The device offers 16GB of internal storage, but a MicroSD card slot allows owners to add more storage.

The Mini runs MiFlavor 4.2 UI, which is based off Android 7.0 Nougat. It sports a 2,800mAh battery, and it charges via a MicroUSB port. It doesn’t look like there’s an NFC sensor, but there is a fingerprint sensor on the rear.

The highlight of the V8 Mini, just like with the V8 and V8 Pro, is the horizontal dual-camera setup on the rear. One has 13 megapixels but the other only packs 2 megapixels — this is to help obtain depth and distance information to produce bokeh, or blur, for photographs. A refocus mode in the camera app lets you change the focus area of the picture, which is a feature also available on the V8 and V8 Pro. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that comes with a flash for selfies.

The device makes no effort to minimize bezels — unsurprising for a budget smartphone — and the navigation buttons on the front are capacitive.

The Blade V8 Mini will come in white, rose gold, gold, black, and red. It will be available for select markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, but a concrete release date or price have yet to be announced.

Blade V8 Lite

The Blade V8 series are budget smartphones, and the Lite sits at the bottom. The Lite still has a 5-inch display but it has a lower, 720-pixel resolution. It’s powered by a MediaTek 6750 processor which is somewhat comparable to the Snapdragon 435. It also only comes with 2GB RAM.

The V8 Lite also only offers 16GB of internal storage, though a MicroSD card slot allows for expandable storage. The Lite has a smaller 2,500mAh battery, as well as a fingerprint sensor on the back. It does not have NFC, and also lacks the dual-camera system on the rear.

More: ZTE scraps Kickstarter for Hawkeye, its crowdsourced smartphone

There’s only an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and likely the same 5-megapixel camera with flash on the front as the V8 Mini.

The Blade V8 Lite will come in gold, black, and silver, and it will only be available in Italy, Germany and Spain at launch.

Blade V8

zte blade v8 news

The Blade V8 sports a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS screen, and it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 processor with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, but there’s a MicroSD card slot if you need more. There’s also a 2GB RAM configuration with 16GB of internal storage.

The V8’s MiFlavor UI is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and no timeline was shared for a Nougat release. Unlike the V8 Pro, the regular V8 has an aluminum back with a horizontal dual-camera system. It looks as though ZTE is using the same camera setup from the V8 on the Mini — a 13-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel one for bokeh capabilities. There’s an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a flash as well.

The 2,730mAh battery charges via a USB Type-C port. The V8 comes in rose gold, silver, grey, and gold, and it’s currently available for purchase in Russia, Japan, and Malaysia, with more markets on the way.

We’ll update this post when we learn more about the V8 Mini and V8 Lite’s price and release date.

Product Review

It's a camera! It's a printer! And it's more fun than it has any right to be

By going digital and adding a built-in mobile printer, the Instax Mini LiPlay puts more features into a smaller form factor than previous Instax cameras, while still being every bit as fun.
Deals

Here are 20 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded up 20 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.
Mobile

Longing for an old-school phone? You'll flip out for the best flip phones

Welcome back to the 1990s and early 2000s. There seems to be a mini flip phone craze going on. Smartphones are great, but who doesn't love a good, old-fashioned, pocket-size flip phone? Here are the five of the best you can buy today.
Mobile

The U.S.-bound Galaxy A50 is Samsung’s attempt to reclaim the midrange market

Samsung has just revealed its new A-series of smartphones for 2019. Say hello to the Galaxy A50, A20, and A10e. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about these sub-$400 midrange phones.
Deals

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Leaked date and what you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a month away, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.
Photography

Tapped out? Edit faster with 5 gesture shortcuts in Lightroom CC on mobile

Missing those keyboard shortcuts when photo editing on a smartphone or iPad? Lightroom has a handful of gesture-based controls that can help fill the gaps, if you know where to find them.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Plant-based shoes and a ukulele learning aid

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Learn how to create a 360-degree panorama with your phone and Google Street View

Google Street View encourages you to explore the great outdoors, including landmarks, natural wonders, and even your own neighborhood. Learn how to create 360-degree imagery using your smartphone camera to add locations to Google Maps.
Mobile

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.
Mobile

Israeli company claims it can unlock any iPhone up to iOS 12.3 for police

Israel-based forensics firm Cellebrite claimed that its UFED Premium service can unlock any iPhone. The device will be sold as an on-premises tool, which means that the police will be able to use it any way they want.
Cars

Uber drivers reportedly triggering higher fares through Surge Club

Uber drivers are reportedly participating in a so-called Surge Club to artificially trigger higher fares. Many drivers said that they do not want to join the shady practice, but they are forced to do so due to pay cuts.
Mobile

American Airlines expands its fast in-flight Wi-Fi, but it will still cost you

American Airlines has completed the installation of satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi for the whole of its mainline narrowbody fleet comprising more than 700 planes, mainly on its domestic routes. But the service still costs.
Mobile

Global Honor 20 launch marred by fear, as Huawei gets squeezed by U.S. ban

The launch of the Honor 20 series may be the first new device range to be seriously hit by Huawei’s presence on the Entity List. Huawei executives reportedly fear sales will be poor, which may force it to cut off shipments.
Mobile

Huawei Mate 30 Pro render shows 2019 really is all about weird camera arrays

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro may join the Mate X folding phone as the company's star products for late 2019. This is what we know about the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro so far.