Last year, ZTE Max Pro impressed everyone with its features and price. The same goes for this year with the Max XL. It follows the formula of the ZTE Max Pro with slight improvements and keeps the shoestring price. The Max XL is just 1/8 the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8 but you already get a fingerprint sensor, a capacious 3,990 mAh battery, and a pre-installed Android Nougat operating system. Although there’s no waterproof technology and NFC, the Max XL is already a decent mid-range phone for those who want to do just the basics.
As a follow-up to last year’s ZTE Blade V7, the Blade V8 only shows slight improvements but still keeps many features found on current flagship smartphones for a shoestring price tag. The Blade V8 appears to be black on the front with well-polished aluminum trimmings and gray sides. The front façade also sports an 8 MP front snapper found on the upper right-hand side. On the left, beside the front-facing camera is the earpiece speaker. The Blade V8 also follows the bezel-less trend found on high-end flagship smartphones as it has very thin edges. It also has a physical home button which also functions as a fingerprint scanner. Its other navigation buttons are capacitive which are found beside the home button. They cast small round glows under the glass.
Breaking into the European market is a hard accomplishment to achieve, what more building a name for yourself. ZTE has managed to make a strong standing in the European market in 2016, as the Chinese smartphone manufacturer was placed fifth in terms of smartphones being shipped to Europe – a respectable feat for a brand that is traditionally not as prominent in the European market as other global brands. Experts believe that the key factor of this achievement is the value for money that ZTE offers for their smartphones – providing decent features despite its being in the lower price bracket.
The body of the ZTE Blade A310 is made of plastic, yet it does not give off the cheap look compared to other plastic-bodied phones in this category. The device is available in classic colors, gray and white, with the white version sporting an additional black frame around the display. The buttons on this device is designed for easy access. The volume and power/lock button is located on the right side, whereas the microphone connector and USB panel is placed on the bottom side of the device. The audio jack to plug in your headphones and speakers are placed on the top of the phone.
Despite its budget pricing, the Blade A310 delivers commendable overall performance. The heart of the device is a 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 chipset, which performance is comparable to the MediaTek’s MT6580 and MT6582 chipsets. Despite being a budget chipset, the processor is still able to provide the smartphone with sufficient power to handle necessary apps and software. Users will find no problems playing 3D games and watching movies with average graphic settings, which is common in models of this price category.
The A310 has 1GB worth of RAM which, although is nothing to particularly shout about, is sufficient to ensure that the OS runs smoothly. You can run a few apps on the device simultaneously, and switching between them does not cause any delays. The device also comes with 8GB of internal memory for you to save your games and music files. If you want to expand its memory, the A310 can support memory cards up to 32GB, so that you can install more of your favorite tunes on your device.