72 hours with the ZTE Blade V7 Lite

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The ZTE Blade V7 Lite was launched just a few days ago by ZTE Mobile Nepal for a price of Rs 18,990. We here at TechnoNepal had an opportunity to try out this newly launched phone up close and personal. So here are our experiences after using the phone for 72 hours.

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Before I share my experience with you guys, let’s quickly get the specifications of the device out of the way.

  • 5 inch IPS Full HD display
  • Mediatek MT6735P processor
  • Mali-T720MP2 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage
  • Micro SD card support up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 8 MP front camera with LED flash
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MiFavor UI
  • 2500mAh non-removable battery
  • Available colour Silver, Gold

Now that out of the way, let me begin by saying that the ZTE Blade V7 Lite is a gorgeous looking device which comes encased in an aluminium shell.The phone feels great in the hands and also is very appealing to the eyes. I love how compact the phone is even though it sports a 5-inch display. The 2.5D  glass not only makes up for an immersive experience but also makes holding the device much more comfortable. The black bezels around the display is definitely an eye sore but not a deal breaker. And speaking of displays, the Blade V7 Lite has a good one at that with HD resolution. The viewing angle of this phone is not that bad, but the outdoor visibility could have been better.

Also Read: ZTE Blade V7 Lite: Initial Impressions

In the software side of things, the phone ran smoothly with no visible signs of lags or stutters for the most part. I love how the UI feels almost like stock Android except for some minor tweaks, a launcher and an icon pack. To be honest, I am not a big fan of the default launcher that comes with the phone. But that too is not a big deal as you can easily slap in a third party launcher like I did. After using the stock launcher for a day, I finally decided to download the Google Now launcher. The snappy UI of the phone combined with the Google Now launcher makes for a fast phone. I also did decrease the animation scale of the phone from 1X to 0.5X from the developer’s option to make the phone even faster.

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The camera is one area that I haven’t tested out fully. I have been only taking some random shots of things around my house. From my limited testing time, I can say that both the rear and front camera are above average. They do well in good lighting condition but struggle in low light. The camera app, however, is packed with a bevvy of features and shooting modes. I was surprised to see a Pro mode in this phone, especially considering that it is a mid-tier phone.

And yes, this phone is one of a kind with a fingerprint reader under Rs 20,000 here in Nepal. Before you go set up your fingerprint reader on your new V7 Lite and think it only works when you turn on the screen like I did, hear me out. By default, the fingerprint scanner unlocks your device only when the display is made active. So for this fingerprint reader to work actively, without having to turn on the screen, you have to click on unlock and change from the default option to ” Use Fingerprint to unlock when the screen is locked or off”. This definitely had me scratching my head for a while. The scanner, however, is not as fast as I would like it to be.

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Make sure to change the following settings!!

 

The battery life of the phone is also decent as I was able to get 4 hrs of screen on time with the phone.In like manner, I was able to play games like Subway Surfer, Temple Run 2 easily with a few occasional frame drops. The phone does heat up a bit while gaming but not to the point that it is uncomfortable.

Overall, my experience with the Blade V7 Lite has been mostly positive. The phone does have its set of quirks but nothing that is deal breaking. The V7 Lite is a good phone which I enjoyed using during my brief review period. This is only the honeymoon phase folks and not the full review. A lot may develop during the course of time. So stay tuned for our full review which will be coming out very soon. Until then like our Facebook Page and subscribe to GIS Nepal.

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