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ZTE Blade Force: this budget $129 smartphone promises fast download speeds

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If you can’t live without fast download speeds, then check out ZTE Blade Force that is available from Sprint carrier on a budget.

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It has been awhile since ZTE came out with a budget smartphone, and Blade V8 Pro was one of the budget devices from earlier this year. Check out the below to see for yourself:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body with rubber back
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Dolby audio
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3140 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • February 2017 release date
  • $229 USD price tag

As you can tell from the above, Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range smartphone but packs quite a heavy punch. A metal body with rubber back for a firmer grip, reliable Snapdragon 625 chipset, a fast octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, dual-13MP primary camera and great sound system are just some of features that make for a value-for-money device.

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That was from earlier this year, what about the Blade Force then? Here you go with its specs:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~267 ppi density
  • Qualcomm MSM8920 Snapdragon 427 chipset, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 308 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 8MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • October 2017 release date
  • $129 USD price tag

Well, what can we say other than the Blade Force took a dip that is proportionate with its price. With a $100 USD price difference between Blade V8 Pro and Blade Force, the difference is very much noticeable.

Blade Force comes also comes with a 5.5-inch IPS screen but only with a High Definition resolution. No metal body, no fingerprint sensor and no Gorilla Glass protection as well.

Other similar-priced smartphones are performance, the Blade Force should be doing right in the medium-low range with the Snapdragon 427 chipset, lowly quad-core processor, entry-level graphics and just 2GB RAM. Still good enough for your daily dose of social media though.

Camera-wise, Blade Force comes with an average 8MP primary camera with LED flash; as well as an average 5MP selfie camera. 

Moving on to its storage, 16GB of internal storage is definitely not enough these days. Thankfully, there’s an expansion slot that you can High-Performance add up to a maximum of 128GB.

As for battery life, the available 3000 mAh battery found on the Blade Force should be more than sufficient to last for a day or two. It does allow for up to 23.5 hours of talk time.

With Android Nougat 7.1 in the heart of things, that should help to boost performance a little bit.

They say to save the best for last, and that’s where Blade Force in tandem with Sprint network comes with global bands so you can stay connected while roaming internationally. It is also HPUE-enabled (High Performance User Equipment) which is Sprint’s extended stretches of spectrum for improved coverage indoors and better range outdoors.

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Conclusion:

ZTE Blade Force's affordable price is nice, but the features are nothing to shout about. There are other similar-priced smartphones that are better than this smartphone. Only get it if you want fast download speeds, as promised by Sprint.

ZTE Blade Force had just been released for $129 USD and is available only in Blue.

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