MWC 2016

ZTE’s Blade V7, V7 Lite phones are easy on the eyes and wallet

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Contrary to previous years, a good number of popular Chinese phone makers flocked to Barcelona to unveil their vision of the future at Mobile World Congress 2016. Among those companies expanding their reach beyond the Far East is ZTE, whose budget Blade smartphone series sold more than 30 million units in 2015. ZTE’s Blade refresh sticks to the same successful formula, and is headed to select markets later this year.

Say hello to the ZTE Blade V7 and V7 Lite, a pair of metal-bodied handsets with 5-inch screens (the V7 actually has a 5.2-inch diagonal), 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of flash memory. All those are pretty standard fare for the category, but ZTE is hoping that its sleeker designs and attention to detail will distinguish the devices in the sea of global competition.

ZTE Blade V7

ZTE Blade V7

And maybe they will, because these phones look a lot better in person than their prices suggest.

They should perform quite admirably, too, with both models already running Android 6.0 Marshmallow at launch on MediaTek processors — the V7 has an octa-core chipset, while the V7 Lite uses a quad-core chip. The V7’s main camera is a 13-megapixel sensor; the V7 Lite’s packs 8 megapixels.

ZTE Blade V7 Lite

ZTE Blade V7 Lite

ZTE’s Blade V7 and V7 Lite will retail for $249 and $189, respectively. Curiously enough, the latter is the one that comes with a fingerprint sensor despite being the less expensive of the pair. Oh well, there’s always next year.

Accessories

LG G5 Hands-On

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LG puts the fun back in function with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the LG G5. It has everything a 2016 flagship is expected to have: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0 that promises 83% of battery after 30 minutes of charging, a fingerprint scanner, quad HD display, USB Type C, Android Marshmallow, and great cameras.

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Sony Xperia X Hands-On

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In a surprise announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony said goodbye to its top of the line Xperia Z smartphone, unveiling in its place a trio of new smartphones collectively referred to as Xperia X.

Specs-wise the new Xperia X line isn’t going to be the most high end smartphone release of 2016 but Sony’s left just enough for the phones to be desirable. (more…)

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Sony Xperia’s Reality

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It’s been a full month since the biggest tech coverage of my life to date. Having finished Legal Management in college, and then eventually making a career in Creatives, never did I think I’d be in Spain, as a journalist, covering one of the world’s biggest tech events.

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