While America still has to wait before topping ZTE’s target list, Asia and Europe continue to be regularly spoiled with a wide variety of mostly budget-conscious smartphones with fairly balanced spec sheets.
The latest to see daylight are part of the up-and-coming European Blade family and are dubbed Blade Q Mini, Blade Q and Blade Q Maxi. Starting from top to bottom, the Q Maxi is the textbook definition of modestly equipped phablet, boasting a spacious yet sub-par 5-inch 854 x 480 pix res screen.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean runs the software show, being one of the few features worthy of attention, with a 2,000 mAh battery, 5 MP rear camera, dual-core 1.3 Ghz MediaTek CPU and 1 GB RAM wrapping up a lackluster spec sheet.
Meanwhile, the Blade Q replicates most of the features of its big brother, save naturally for the screen size (down to 4.5 inches), plus the battery, which is now only 1,800 mAh. Finally, the Q Mini is ironically the device with the highest ppi of the trio, courtesy of a 480 x 800 pixels resolution 4-inch screen, also packing a 1,500 mAh cell that sounds tiny, but ultimately should decently hold its own all things considered.
Unfortunately, no pricing details have been announced just yet, so it’s tough to say whether these will end up as the duds they look on paper or on the contrary, snatch quite a bit of attention from thrifty folks. Knowing ZTE though, I’d wager good money on the latter.