As a follow-up to last year’s ZTE Blade V7, the Blade V8 only shows slight improvements but still keeps many features found on current flagship smartphones for a shoestring price tag. The Blade V8 appears to be black on the front with well-polished aluminum trimmings and gray sides. The front façade also sports an 8 MP front snapper found on the upper right-hand side. On the left, beside the front-facing camera is the earpiece speaker. The Blade V8 also follows the bezel-less trend found on high-end flagship smartphones as it has very thin edges. It also has a physical home button which also functions as a fingerprint scanner. Its other navigation buttons are capacitive which are found beside the home button. They cast small round glows under the glass.
Found on the Blade V8’s left side is the SIM/microSD slot which can hold two sim cards. While on the right side, there is the volume switch and the power button. One good thing about the buttons is that they are responsive and feels nice in the hand. There is also 3.5mm headphone jack found on the top of the Blade V8. Along with it are the sensor for the mic and antennas on either side of the handset. The bottom of the smartphone houses a USB Type-C connector, a speaker, and antenna bands like the ones found on the top.
On the back of the handset comes a black textured covering, which feels nice in the hand. It also has the 13 MP dual rear sensors with dual flash, an upgrade over last year’s single 13 MP sensor. Inside the Blade V8 comes a Snapdragon 435 chipset, a step-up from the V7’s Mediatek MT6753. It is also integrated with a more capacious battery of 2730 mAH compared to last year’s 2500 mAh. As of writing, the Blade V8 is already out in shops across South East Asia. It costs 999 RM in Malaysia (which converts to 320 SGD, 1800 HKD, and 11470 PHP in the Philippines.