In the last year or so, budget-friendly smartphones have become a huge part of the Android landscape, with OEMs not compromising on elements like build quality and performance, even with the devices boasting price tags that are less than $300, or even $200 in a few cases. It is also a testament to how far we’ve come in a short amount of time, when you consider that a lot of these smartphones pack specifications that were thought of as flagship only a couple of years ago. (via AA)
The curved design might remind you of a certain Cupertino phone but any scrutiny whatsoever will leave you asking why anyone thought copying the iPhone 6’s design was a good plan – when all it would bring is comparison. The phone feels fairly well balanced in the hand, but the materials used in construction are certainly not lovingly crafted from a block of aluminium.
The ZTE Blade S6 comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display, with a 720p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 294 ppi. This resolution may be a little low for pixel junkies, but the experience on the display was very good, with everything, including videos and games, looking great. The display brings with it all the loved features of IPS LCD panels, including vibrant but not overly saturated colors, great brightness, and good viewing angles. While not at the level of some AMOLED screens out there, the black levels provided by this display were also surprisingly good, and might be the best I’ve seen on an LCD without exhibiting light bleed.
As you probably heard, the Blade S6 packs an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, clocked at 1.7 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. This is one of best mid-range processing packages currently available, that allows for a performance that is quite similar to its more high-end counterparts in every day tasks.
The front-facing camera (5MP wide-angle), is pretty good and the main 13MP camera coped okay – although the flash may not be the brightest out there.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, the ZTE Blade S6 is one of the few phones that runs the latest iteration of the OS. You get all of the great features of Lollipop with a few additions from ZTE, and while the custom launcher does have its unique features, a lot of the stock elements of Android 5.0 are available. Elements like the lockscreen, notification shade, overview, and applications like the settings, dialer, and clock still preserve the material design from Google.
A standard suite of sensors and connectivity options are available, including support for 4G. These are the frequencies supported by the Blade S6 :
2G network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz ;
3G network: WCDMA 900/2100MHz;
4G network: LTE B3/B7/B8/B20 (1800/2600/900/800MHz)
So there you have it – the ZTE Blade S6! While the design and build quality could have been slightly better, once you get past that, what you get with the Blade S6 is a device that offers a best-in-class processing package, a solid camera experience, and the latest iteration of Android, all in a very affordable package. (Via AA)