According to the information provided by our source, ZTE is actually planning to announce the Blade V9 handsets at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. In addition to that, the source mentioned that the Blade V9 will be quite affordable, which is to be expected considering that will be the company's budget phone. MWC 2018 kicks off later this month, and we'll probably see quite a few phones announced during the show, including Samsung's new Galaxy S9 flagships, Sony's new flagship line, and so on.
Having said that, the ZTE Blade V9 actually surfaced at the end of December last year, that leak not only revealed the phone's specs, but its design as well. The phone appeared on ZTE Spain's official website, and even though the listing was removed soon after it went live, a number of times managed to get ahold of the provided info. The device will be made out of metal and glass, it will sport a dual camera setup on the back, while its fingerprint scanner will also be placed on the back. The Blade V9's bezels will not be extremely thin, but they won't be thick either, as you can see in the provided images. The device will utilize on-screen buttons, and it will be fueled by the Snapdragon 450 64-bit octa-core SoC, which is Qualcomm's entry-level processor. Now, the phone will actually ship in 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, which will be backed by 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of native storage, respectively. You will be able to expand that storage, in every Blade V9 unit, using a microSD card slot.
The Blade V9 will feature a 5.7-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, while a 3,200mAh non-removable battery will also be included in the package. Android 8.0 Oreo will come pre-installed on the ZTE Blade V9, while a 3.5mm headphone jack will be at your disposal as well. 16 and 5-megapixel snappers will be placed on the back of the Blade V9, while a single 13-megapixel camera will sit on the front side of the device. Bluetooth 4.2 was also mentioned in on the company's website, while 4G LTE with VoLTE is a part of the offering as well. The ZTE Blade V9 will measure 151.4 x 70.6 x 7.5mm, while it will weigh 140 grams.