- Android v4.4 KitKat OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 13MP Rear Camera
- 5MP Front Camera
- 2400mAH Battery
- 4GB Internal Memory
ZTE formerly known as Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation is a Chinese Multi National Telecommunications equipment and Systems Company headquartered in Shenzen, China, owing to various Chinese, Indian as well as multinational rivals, the company is on its way to create awareness in India with a largo style. Efforts really count, and ZTE is putting its best to attract Indian consumers with its range of smart phones. The brand is known for making telecom network gears has a lot of confidence in its high end as well as mid range smart phones and feel that they can provide smarter phones to the successfully expanding Indian smart phone market. The company recently launched its new Mid-end smart phone, the ZTE V5 that carries a price tag of Rs. 10,999*/- and is available on Snapdeal. Let’s look at the tech-specs of this phone and determine whether this device would make it or break it?
The ZTE V5 runs on the latest version of Android 4.4 (kitkat) backed with the Nubia v2.0 User Interface which is quite user friendly, simple and easy to understand, it however takes w while for Android users to get a hang of this device. The V5 has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that is mated on to an Adreno 305 graphics unit that renders modest graphics performance as well as 1 GB of RAM that provides a decent multi-tasking user experience. The processor packs a feeble punch as compared to its competitors; the company should have added a much powerful processor. The ZTE V5 also features 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and dual SIM functionality. There is a secondary microphone on the handset to enable noise cancellation. The UI of this device features a different app drawer, the apps appear in the pages of app menu, since the device runs on Android, it has Google: Gmail, YouTube, Play Store supporting apps. Although the handset runs without major hassles, its speed can frustrate users especially while launching apps. The device has a Proximity sensor, an Accelerometer sensor, Ambient light sensor and lacks a Compass / magnetometer, Gyroscope, Barometer as well as a Temperature Sensor. But, you should not forget that this is a mid-end handset, so you should know the phone's real capability beforehand. So far, the device has had a dose of interesting as well as frustrating features. Let’s look a little further under its hood.
Design and Display:
The ZTE V5 has a sinewy design and boasts high-quality polycarbonate plastic chassis, although it doesn’t look quite glamorous, it has been given a few touches of elegance and style. The device has the volume rocker and power buttons, on the left and right sides respectively. Up top on the device is a 3.5mm headphone jack and on the bottom edges is a Micro-USB port. The device houses a 13 MP camera on its rear end and is accented with blue colored stylish rim, it looks quite good. The device has a 5-inch vibrant IPS OGS screen with Dragon Trail Glass which is quite sturdy and attractive, the glass is six times stronger than normal glass displays; the colorful display has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels HD with pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. The device has good viewing angles and operates with capacitive touch enabled buttons at the bottom of the display. The device is available in white color only.
Network and Connectivity:
The ZTE V5 just like most devices in its range has its share of connectivity options such as Wi-Fi (802.11 b/ g/ n) Bluetooth (v 4.00) GPS (A-GPS) 3.5 mm Audio Jack, Fm Radio, Micro USB support with charging. The device lacks NFC, Infrared, DLNA, MHL Out, HDMI support and misses out the proprietary charging connector as well as data connector. The device has a Dual SIM GSM slot that supports 3G. The device has 4 GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32 GB with the help of a Micro SD card.
The device is powered by a large and effective 2400 mAh battery that is very good, considering the decent features and such. The battery according to the vendor gives a talk time of 6 hours as well as a stand by time of 300 hours.
Camera and Multimedia:
ZTE claims that the V5’s camera is the best selfie shooter, the device has a 5 MP front facing shooter with 88 degree wide angle lens and Back Side Illuminated (BSI) sensor. But, reality shows difference in what the vendor claims, the selfies shot from the front camera appear quite grainy, with noise and very disappointing. The rear camera uses a Sony EXMOR sensor with 13 Megapixel with f/2.2 aperture along with 5 element lens. Sadly, indoor shoots do not come as clear as you’d expect. The images appear grainy and out of focus and more so, the camera takes more time than required to click a picture. Another disappointment is the lack of apt settings, the User interface of the device is a little challenging to operate and lacks customization options, hence makes it difficult for users to play around with the camera or change its settings. Although, the company claims that the device is selfie centric, it has sheer disappointment in every pixel. The Video quality is not bad as the camera goes, it can shoot decent videos in any lighting. As far as multimedia goes, the device supports various Audio and Video files and the device accommodates up to 4 GB internal memory space and users will have to expand the memory with a Micro SD.
The device has a reasonable pricing and a few features as opposed to competition, its internal memory (4GB) is quite less and the camera is just the right amount of disappointing, the display is quite impressive and sturdy. Overall, this a tad pricey as opposed to competition and feature friendliness. You can consider this phone as an option.
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