Getting a decently priced phone right is a thorny problem. All too usually manufacturers goal for Apple-inspired design and a premium really feel despite cheaper parts and materials, however fall well short.
On paper, we had high hopes for the Blade S6 however, unfortunately, it’s no exception, despite laudable specs for an enticing value.
The ZTE Blade S6 is a $297 phone, putting it within the more and more crowded mid-range zone. It is more expensive than a Motorola Moto G, however does it justify the extra cash?
It has extra power and storage, which is good. And a few may like the iPhone-style design. However, it still feels pretty cheap and the rubbish photo software means the camera disappoints. It is good, not great.
ZTE Blade S6: Design
The curved design may remind you of a certain Cupertino smartphone however any scrutiny whatsoever will leave you asking why anyone thought apeing the Apple iPhone 6’s design was a very good plan – when all it’d bring is comparison.
The smartphone feels pretty nicely balanced within the hand, however the materials utilized in construction are certainly not lovingly crafted from a block of angel-kissed aluminium.
Nope, that is good old fashioned plastic-good for connectivity no doubt however slippery within the hand. Some plastic cases really feel okay, usually after they stop trying to pretend they’re metallic, however this one is slippery and that is not an excellent place to begin to an enormous handset.
ZTE Blade S6: Display
That 5 inch display screen is a usefully bright IPS panel, which provides realistic colors and wonderful viewing angles. The ZTE Blade S6 might have only an HD (720×1280) resolution, however its 293ppi pixel density is not far behind the 326ppi of the Apple iPhone 6, and it is quite acceptable for the price.
ZTE Blade S6: Camera
The phone 13 MP camera has the same Sony sensor found on the Xiaomi Mi Note, however it sadly was not capable of delivering pictures anywhere close to nearly as good. That stated, the phone’s camera does launch fairly quickly, so you may get right into the action with out feeling like you need to wait.
ZTE Blade S6: Software
The ZTE Blade S6 runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with a customized ZTE interface referred to as MiFavor 3.0. That is a really up to date model of Android. Good work ZTE.
However, we are less satisfied with what ZTE has piled on top. MiFavor 3.0 feels a bit like a community-made interface, the sort of home-brew user interface you may download from Google Play onto to realise it simply does not have the gloss of what you used earlier than.
ZTE Blade S6: Battery
The ZTE Blade S6 fares better with battery stamina. It has a non-removable 2400Ah battery, and it will get you stable, if not standard-setting, battery life.
Basic-use stamina is actually pretty just like this year’s most expensive Android phones, getting you around 30% charge by bed time with mid-level use. When playing a looped 720p video it lasts for approximately 10 hours, showing a good improvement over the 5-inch Motorola Moto G.
ZTE Blade S6: Speaker
A small speaker is found on the rear. If you are left-handed or place the phone screen-up you will find it simple to muffle, however it otherwise does an acceptable job. There is additionally a headphone jack up high, which helps you to take benefit of the Blade’s FM radio.
ZTE Blade S6: Specification
- OS: Android 5.0
- Body: 155 x 78 x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 139.3 g
- Display: 720 x 1280 pixels , 5.5 inches
- Memory: 16 GB internal, 64 expandable, 2 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
- Camera: 13 MP, 5 secondary
- Battery: 3,000 mAh