One of the smartphones introduced by ZTE at Mobile World Congress was the Blade V10, reveals a report issued by Android Authority. A direct successor to the Blade V9 announced a year ago, the new ZTE Blade V10 bumps up the screen size and redefines the series' exterior design with thin bezels and a display featuring a teardrop display notch.
The back of the phone carries two rear-facing sensors much like last year's model, but the Blade V10 aligns the sensors vertically. The camera array comprises a 16-megapixel sensor with autofocus, as well as a secondary 5-megapixel unit, but the main highlight here appears to be the front-facing camera which clocks in at an impressive resolution of 32 megapixels. The unit has fixed focus and takes advantage of a couple of software enhancements such as Scene Recognition and Smart Selfie.
The display diagonal has been increased to 6.3-inches, and the panel accommodates 2280 x 1080 pixels, leading to a screen-to-body ratio of around 90-percent and a pixel density of roughly 440 ppi.
Inside the phone beats the heart of an unspecified chipset housing a total of eight CPU cores clocked at up to 2.1GHz, but it remains to be seen what chipset manufacturer supplied the unit. The silicon is paired with 3GB of RAM in the model with 32GB of built-in storage, or 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of storage. In both cases, the device features a microSD camera for additional external storage.
Other ZTE Blade V10 features include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor much like last year's model, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and Android 9 Pie out of the box, presumably covered by ZTE's proprietary software. The device relies on a battery with a capacity of 3,200mAh and has a USB Type-C connector.
According to the report citing ZTE, the Blade V10 will not remain exclusive to the Chinese market. It will also release in Latin America and Europe sometime in March, but pricing details are missing at the present. As a point of reference, the ZTE Blade V9 launched last year in Europe for around €270 and €300 for the model with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, respectively. The new ZTE Blade V10 is likely to fit in the same price range but this remains subject to change until ZTE confirms its plans for the device.
Last year ZTE also introduced the Blade V9 Vita alongside the standard Blade V9, which featured slightly less powerful internal components, a smaller display and appropriately, a lower price tag. It's likely that the Blade V10 will also be released next to the Blade V10 Vita especially since the moniker has been previously leaked, but so far details are scarce and it's unclear whether this lower-cost model will also be unveiled by ZTE on the MWC show floor this week.
Meanwhile, ZTE also unveiled its latest 5G-enabled flagship phone at the event in Barcelona, namely the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G. It has a triple-camera on the back panel much like the Blade V10 but employs the Snapdragon 855 chipset from Qualcomm along with the X50 5G modem.