After announcing the Blade V8 Pro at CES 2017, ZTE added two more phones to the Blade V8 family: the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite. Both phones are smaller than the previously announced models, featuring 720p 5-inch IPS LCD screens, and they target lower price points.


ZTE Blade V8 Mini

The Blade V8 Mini uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC as the Blade V8, with 8 A53 CPU cores that top out at 1.4GHz. The Blade V8 Lite swaps to a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, which also has an octa-core A53 CPU configuration that reaches up to 1.5GHz. Given the similarities, all three phones should deliver similar system performance, but none of them will excel at gaming. Both the Mini and the Lite come with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is somewhat limiting, but storage is expandable via microSD card.

ZTE Blade V8 Series *
  ZTE Blade V8 Lite ZTE Blade V8 Mini ZTE Blade V8
SoC MediaTek MT6750

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.0GHz
Mali-T860MP2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
(MSM8940)

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.1GHz
Adreno 505
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
(MSM8940)

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ ?GHz
Adreno 505
Display 5.0-inch 1280x720 IPS LCD 5.0-inch 1280x720 IPS LCD 5.2-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD
Dimensions 143.0 x 71.0 x 8.0 mm
? grams
143.5 x 70.0 x 8.9 mm
? grams
148.4 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm
? grams
RAM 2GB LPDDR3 2GB LPDDR3 2GB / 3GB LPDDR3
NAND 16GB (eMMC 5.1)
+ microSD
16GB (eMMC 5.1)
+ microSD
16GB / 32GB (eMMC 5.1)
+ microSD
Battery 2730 mAh
non-replaceable
2800 mAh
non-replaceable
2730 mAh
non-replaceable
Front Camera 5MP 5MP, f/2.2, flash 13MP, flash
Rear Camera 8MP, HDR dual (13MP + 2MP), f/2.0, auto HDR, LED flash dual (13MP + 2MP), auto HDR, LED flash
Modem MediaTek (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6)
Qualcomm X9 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 7/13)
Qualcomm X9 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 7/13)
Wireless 802.11b/g/n, BT 4.1, FM radio, GPS Wi-Fib/g/n, BT 4.1, FM radio, GPS Wi-Fib/g/n, BT 4.1, FM radio, GPS
Connectivity microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headset microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headset microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headset
Launch OS Android 7 with MiFavor 4.2 Android 7 with MiFavor 4.2 Android 7 with MiFavor 4.2

* Blade V8 Pro not shown (5.5-inch 1080p LCD, Snapdragon 625, 3140 mAh)

While both new phones come with a 5MP selfie camera, only the Mini has a front-facing flash feature, which is far from ubiquitous and nice to see on a lower-cost phone. The Mini also includes the same dual camera (13MP + 2MP) module as the Blade V8. The second 2MP sensor helps capture depth information that can be used to apply a bokeh effect to images or to adjust the object of focus after a photo has been taken, features usually reserved for more expensive phones.


ZTE Blade V8 Mini

The smaller, one-hand friendly V8’s have a lightly-textured aluminum chassis with plastic RF windows at the top and bottom. There’s an inset fingerprint sensor on the back of each too. The rear camera module, which sits proud of the back surface, is an elongated oval that’s centered at the top of the phone. In the Mini’s case, there’s a camera in each corner with an LED flash in between but offset from center. The Lite uses a similar design for the camera module, with its lone 8MP sensor offset to the left of the centered flash.


ZTE Blade V8 Lite

Both phones use backlit capacitive navigation buttons. The larger, circular home button is a nice visual touch, and the other buttons are simple dots, allowing for customization. There’s a black border around the screen that’s noticeable on the color combinations with white fronts, but this is typical for phones in this price bracket.


ZTE Blade V8 Lite

All of the phones in ZTE’s Blade V8 series, except for the mid-range Blade V8 Pro that uses USB Type-C, still come with microUSB ports. There’s no 802.11ac Wi-Fi or NFC either, although they do come with Bluetooth and FM radio. It’s nice to see the Mini and Lite ship with Android 7 too.

The ZTE Blade V8 Mini in silver, gold, black, red, and pink is coming to select markets in Asia and Europe, while the Blade V8 Lite will be available in Italy, Germany, and Spain in silver, gold, and black colors. Pricing is not available at this time, but should be well below $200 USD considering the Blade V8 Pro’s price.

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  • Valis - Thursday, March 02, 2017 - link

    I'm utterly disappointed in the manufacturers as of late, only Sony and Samsung (A3) makes a phone under 130-135mm with 4.5-4.7" (720p or better) screen and good battery life. Have to go back to the first Gen of Moto X to get something decent, but that one has rather sub par battery. Bleh! Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, March 03, 2017 - link

    Agreed. 5 inches doesn't make a "mini" anything when it comes to phones. Reply
  • asmian - Friday, March 03, 2017 - link

    The capitalisation in the article title is misleading. Is the name of this product family "The Blade"? Proved yet again, Anandtech badly needs a dedicated (and actually proficient) editor on staff... Reply
  • asmian - Friday, March 03, 2017 - link

    And actually, just looking at the sidebar pipeline story list, the inconsistency in proper capitalisation of titles is shocking for a well-respected publishing site. :( There are well-understood grammatical conventions for this. Readers' respect for content is coloured by the professionalism of its presentation, and the site owners should be aware of this. That's why more active editing is badly needed here. Reply
  • a1exh - Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - link

    The previous Blade phones used Snapdragon 600 series processors. So why have they switched to 400 series? Economics? Reply
  • Harry Smith - Thursday, March 16, 2017 - link

    The last OnePlus flagship was so incredible that I can't wait to get my hands of the OnePlus 4.
    I heard it was coming out in mid 2017 and I just hope OnePlus takes care if the issues with the last phone.
    I'm hoping OnePlus 4 will give one hell of an competition to other flagships in the industry. To know more about OnePlus 4, its just take a look here <a href="http://www.oneplus4update.com/">OnePlus 4 Smartphone</a>
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