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ZTE’s one of those workhorse smartphone companies you don’t hear much about, aside from the occasional misguided flirtation with a bizarre form factor, a la the dual-screen Axon M. But the Chinese handset manufacturer still powers away and manages to produce some solid handsets at bargain bin prices.
The company hasn’t officially announced pricing on the Blade V9 — though it did note in a meeting with TechCrunch last week that the handset will arrive at under $300. That’s the cutoff price point for the Blade line, with the more premium Axon tier running $400 and up.
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I played around with the phone a bit during the meeting, and can attest to the fact that it’s got a pretty solid build for the low-mid-range category. Both sides are made from glass, with a sort of rainbow treated version on the back the company calls “Aurora Glass.” There’s dual rear-facing cameras, with one 16-megapixel lens, improved shooting in lowlight and built-in face detection.
Information is still forthcoming with regard to exact pricing and availability. Likely the device will get some carrier representation here in the States. Unlike Huawei, which also got name-checked in a recent high-profile call out from half a dozen top intelligence officials, ZTE’s actually got a pretty...
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