Review of ZTE Blade V7: metal, and nothing more

Smartphones from China ZTE Blade V7 and ZTE Blade V7 Lite were presented in February this year at the exhibition MWC 2016, and received a different positioning: if lightweight ZTE Blade V7 Lite sports a trendy chips like fingerprint reader and front-facing camera with high resolution, the older model has become more productive and has an increased screen sizes. Let's see how she has shown in the work. See also: Manuals for ZTE smartphone.

Technical characteristics of ZTE Blade V7

  • Screen: 5,2 "Full HD 1080x1920
  • Processor: eight core MediaTek MT6753 1,3 GHz
  • Graphics Accelerator: Mali-T720
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 + EMUI
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Memory Card Support: microSD
  • Communication: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 900/2100 MHz || LTE B20, 8, 3, 7, 1
  • SIM: nano-SIM + nano-SIM (combined slot)
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
  • Camera: Basic - 13 megapixels (flash, autofocus), front - 8 MP
  • Sensors: proximity, light, accelerometer, microgyro
  • Battery: 2500 mAh
  • Dimensions: 146x72,5x7,95 mm
  • Weight: 136 grams


ZTE Blade V7 is available in gold, silver and graphite colors, its body is made of metal with small plastic inserts at the ends.

The device is quite elegant, but not quite successful designers a smooth transition between the display and the ribs, for which, among other things, and use 2,5D-glass: here between him and projecting metal edges have a plastic strip, which slightly spoils the visual impression.

But the rear of the gadget looks very good: the ends are made of plastic, but these inserts look exactly the same as the main metal part of the case - was very natural simulation of metal and the feeling that the body is fully aluminum.

On the right side are located the power button beautiful radial resurfacing. Volume rocker is on the left side.

Connector 3.5 mm was placed on the top, and micro-USB - on the ground.

The button "Home" designated large ring with light, "Back" and "Menu" - just points.


No problems with the ergonomics at the ZTE Blade V7 is not in sight - what problems may arise with the five-inch metal smartphone in the bar form factor? During the test confirmed the expectations: the gadget buttons are easy to press, and are conveniently located, in the hand device perfectly - affects slightly sloping shape, matt metal is not easily soiled and is not slippery.


The screen ZTE Blade V7 pleasant in all respects: fashionably Convex, very bright and clear - with a diagonal of 5.2 "of its resolution is 1080h1920 points (Full HD) screen does not collect any glare, and the fact that he is deprived of the air gap,. improves viewing angles: by tilting the image almost fades.

The display is equipped with an adaptive control, but it is often too much lowers the brightness of the image and makes it unreadable. Therefore it is better to change the brightness manually, the benefit of this can be done quickly through a menu called swipe down.

ZTE Blade V7 recognizes five simultaneous touches. Overall, a great screen, and on the characteristics and feel of the use and configuration capabilities. The only fingerprints are reluctant to leave its surface - oleophobic coating missing.

The Blade V7 involved MiraVision - image adjustment system, offering the user to choose between a neutral color mode and more saturated. manual adjustment of the contrast, saturation, brightness, sharpness, and color temperature is also available.


ZTE Blade V7 is running the latest, sixth generation of Android. Branded firmware from ZTE includes this interesting piece, like the appearance of the menu settings caused swipe from the bottom up. The shell allows you to blur the wallpaper, do more rounded icons and change the animation effect when changing desktops, which, incidentally, are icons of all applications - a separate menu for them there. The rest of the differences between the minimum net Android.

In the settings menu you can activate the control by gestures, and then it will be enough to bring the device to your ear to make a call or a call to whose message you are reading at this moment, or whose contact is viewing. To mute a call, you can simply flip down screen gadget.

Another useful feature of gestures - launch applications from the lock screen using the shape of the letters C, M, W and O. Each of these characters can be set according to absolutely any installed application in the smartphone, not just «C» for the camera and «M» for the audio player.

The order of the keys "Menu", "Back" and "Home" can be changed.

At ZTE Blade V7 «out of the box" installed several proprietary utilities, in the style Material Design: flashlight, audio player, FM-radio, video player. It has its own file manager, it is quite convenient.

Apparatus in the work

ZTE Blade V7 is equipped with eight cores MediaTek MT6753 (1.3 GHz), graphics accelerator Mali-T720, as well as 16 GB of storage and memory capacity of 2 GB. fast and responsive system, delays response to user actions is almost no - except that the animation lists are not perfectly smooth. With the main tasks (this is web browsing, watching videos, job applications) problems for ZTE Blade V7 does not arise. But with the games is not so smooth.

Benchmark results confirmed the view orientation is not a gaming device:


Resolution main camera unit - 13 megapixel front - 8 megapixels. Both cameras are equipped with flares in front of her on-screen type.

Application for standard shooting: HDR icons flash, and turn the camera settings are placed in the upper part of the screen; there is shooting a movie button and the color filters. But to find the panning mode is not so simple. It turned out, for this to be done swipe to the right, and only if there is a button on the regime.

Camera Blade V7 corresponds to the price segment of the device. It is easy to get a good picture when shooting in ideal conditions: sunny day, a cloudless sky, a beautiful story in itself. Inside the camera frequently "fails" the details in the shadows and in cloudy weather is shining on frames. images obtained at night noisy and indistinct.

Panorama normally glued together, but its resolution is low.

Works well in flash, it brightens the image without distortion lit and color. The first picture was taken in a room, and the front of the headphone turned dark area where no light fell. Flash not bad coped with its detail.

With video filming ZTE Blade V7 copes well, except that from time to time re-focused anew that noticeable when viewing.

Wireless interfaces

The design uses a combination slot that allows you to install two or nano-SIM card, or one combined with a microSD memory card. Communication problems did not arise both during conversations, and during web surfing. It powered device in 2G, 3G and 4G.

The gadget has not received support NFC, but the interface is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and supports navigation in the GPS and GLONASS systems (as opposed to the Lite-version - it is limited to GPS only).

Battery life

The ZTE Blade V7 installed battery capacity of 2500 mAh, which gives him a little more than seven hours of continuous playback of HD-video. In everyday use (when you call, write messages in a chat room, shoot at the camera and walking over the Internet), the smartphone runs out in time for the end of the day. One battery charge can be stretched to one and a half day if you wish. In more severe conditions - such as games - ZTE Blade V7 is discharged at a rate of 15-20% per hour.


This is suitable ZTE Blade V7? Just do not like to play on your phone or publish photos from his Instagram. Instead, he will appeal to those who appreciate quality materials and manufacturing - the novelty metal case with small plastic inserts, which is also a well-disguised. Also, the argument "for" if V7 is an excellent screen, the latest version of Android and adequate autonomy.


  • metal body;
  • The latest version of Android;
  • functional shell.


  • incorrect operation of adaptive lighting;
  • the average quality of the shooting;
  • average performance in games.