“The ZTE V5 features a 5-inch display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat”
Gone are the days when Chinese smartphone brands were branded as copycats, or dismissed as unreliable because of their sub-standard components. The likes of Gionee and recent-entrant Xiaomi have totally changed consumer perception. Add to it the fact that these offerings are priced brilliantly and thus come off as better alternatives to similarly-priced devices from brands such as Samsung and Sony. Chinese original equipment manufacturer ZTE is also trying to ride this wave with the launch of the mid-range V5 in India.
The V5, as the name suggests, offers a 5-inch OGS display featuring a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, protected by a layer of Asahi Dragontrail glass. It sources its power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has four cores clocked at 1.2GHz, working in tandem with 1GB of memory. In terms of storage, the device offers a paltry 4GB, out of which about 2GB is user available. Given it’s price, we would expect between 8GB and 16GB of storage at the very least. You can also extend the available storage further up to 32GB by making use of a microSD card.
For shutterbugs, the smartphone packs in a 13-megapixel camera with a Sony EXMOR sensor at the rear, supplemented by an LED flash. At the front, it has a 5MP BSI sensor. Software-wise, it gets latest iteration of Android with ZTE’s custom layer referred to as Nubia 2.0 UI. For connectivity, it features dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The ZTE V5 sips juice from a 2,400mAh Li-ion battery.
Glancing at its spec sheet, the ZTE V5 has all the makings of a mid-range bestseller, but its low internal storage is likely to hamper prospective buyers, given that the Redmi 1s and ASUS Zenfone 5 offer double the storage at lower prices.
Just like most brands these days, ZTE is taking an online route to sell its offering. It has tied up with Snapdeal as the exclusive retailer for the V5. The device is available in white and is available immediately, at a price of Rs 10,999.