ZTE Blade 20 is a budget smartphone that has excellent features for a very low price. One of the device’s highlight features is a 5000 mAh battery that lasts for two days. Convenient options such as fast charging and MicroSD expansion make the Blade 20 worth considering for those upgrading from feature phones or outdated budget smartphones.
When does the ZTE Blade 20 come out? The device will be released on October 28, 2019, and is thus not yet available for purchase from Nigeria retail stores. Once it is released, gsmarena reports that the ZTE Blade 20 price will be about 130 Euros (52,000 Naira). For this price, the Blade 20 falls within the range of budget devices. Does this phone meet its target market expectations?
Here is a quick look into the main pros and cons of the ZTE Blade 20.
- High-capacity 5000 mAh battery coupled with 18W fast charging tech
- Extremely low price for the available features
- Dedicated MicroSD expansion slot is a welcome addition
- Octa-core CPU is more than enough for basic tasks
- The 720 by 1560 display resolution is quite low
- The Mediatek chipset is not as powerful as those from Snapdragon
- At 190 grams, the phone is quite heavy
ZTE Blade 20 specs
- Expected release: October 28 2019
- Dimensions: 162.9 x 76.6 x 9 mm (length, width and thickness)
- Weight: 190 grams
- SIM card: Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM
- Display: IPS LCD touchscreen
- Size: 6.49 inches
- Resolution: 720 x 1560 pixels
- Operating system: Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Internal memory: 128GB ROM & 4GB RAM
- Expandable memory: MicroSD slot up to 256GB
- Camera: 16MP main camera and 8MP ultra-wide camera and 2MP depth sensor
- Selfie camera: 8 megapixels
- USB: Version 2.0 with OTG
- Bluetooth: Version 5.0 with A2DP & LE
- Sensors: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, compass, proximity and accelerometer
- Battery: 5000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
- Charging: 18W fast charging
- Colours: Turquoise, Magic Red
Here is a ZTE Blade 20 review highlighting its main hardware features.
ZTE Blade 20 design
The main feature on the device’s front is the 6.49-inch display with a notch at the top. The notch has become part of many modern smartphones and houses the selfie camera, earpiece and proximity sensor. The back of the phone houses an Apple-inspired square camera module with three sensors and an LED flash. There is also a fingerprint sensor alongside the camera module.
The volume rockers and power button are located on the right side. The ZTE Blade 20 cannot be described as sleek or eye-catching, but its design is certainly not bland. The phone comes in a choice of two colours, Turquoise and Magic Red.
The device features a 6.49-inch LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels. This results in a display with a 265PPI pixel density. While that is not bad, it is way below what we have come to expect from modern smartphones. Images and text will be less sharp as compared to phones whose pixel densities exceed 400PPI. On the bright side, though, the display’s outdoor usability is top-notch.
This HD display fits the device’s price range, and one would probably not find a higher resolution display at this price point. The notch at the top of the screen might not be to everyone’s taste, but it seems to be the current trend throughout the smartphone industry.
Processor, performance, and storage
The Blade 20 is powered by a Mediatek MT6771 Helio P70 processor running on eight cores. No surprises there since chipsets from Mediatek are quite common among budget devices. The processor is adequate for basic day to day tasks such as photography, calls, music, browsing and light gaming. However, heavy users will not be impressed by the device’s specs. The processor and Mali-G72 MP3 GPU can barely handle intensive games or other resource-heavy tasks.
In terms of storage, the Blade 20 comes with 128GB inbuilt storage. This should be more than enough for a majority of users. However, those who find it insufficient can make use of the dedicated MicroSD slot to get additional memory. There is only one RAM option (4GB) available with the device.
The ZTE Blade 20 comes with a 5000 mAh battery that promises 48 hours of battery life. This could be one of the top-selling points for this phone. The large battery capacity, coupled with significantly few pixels on the HD display means that users will not need to recharge their devices now and then. The Blade 20 can even be used to charge other mobile devices.
In addition to the high-capacity battery, the phone supports 18W fast charging using a 9V/2A charger. The only downside to all this is the use of an outdated MicroUSB port instead of the new Type-C connection.
Speaker and call quality
The device features a single speaker, so the audio quality is not as good as phones with dual stereo speakers. However, call quality is excellent on the phone’s earpiece, making it entirely usable even in noisy environments. Being a budget smartphone, music and movie audio quality is not class-leading. However, it is still usable for the occasional music and movie sessions.
Here is a look into the ZTE Blade 20’s software features.
Operating system and features
The smartphone will come preinstalled with Android Pie (9.0) overlaid with a ZTE’s custom MiFavor 9.1 UI. Since the device is yet to be officially released, there is no word regarding future updates to another Android version. The Blade 20 is a perfect choice for kids and aged people. This is because of the inclusion of a remote care feature. It allows one to provide tech assistance to the device user remotely. There is also a feature that can alert you if your child does not contact you in twelve hours.
ZTE Blade 20 camera, video, and image quality
The phone features a square camera module that houses three sensors and an LED flash. The primary camera uses a 16-megapixel sensor while the ultra-wide sensor has an 8-megapixel sensor. The last lens is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, the teardrop-shaped notch houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The front and back cameras both have AI (artificial intelligence) and HDR (high dynamic range) enhancements.
The Blade 20 can record 1080P (Full HD) video at 30 frames per second. This is on par with most budget and mid-range devices.
The ZTE Blade 20 has several shortcomings, but considering it is a budget device, it provides excellent value for money. The excellent high-capacity battery, triple camera setup and low price should be enough to attract potential buyers. The main downsides include low pixel density, lack of a USB Type-C connector and use of a less-powerful Mediatek processor. However, these are all minor issues for the target market of phones in this price range.
ZTE Blade 20 is an all-round low-price smartphone. It is a worthwhile consideration for people making the switch from feature phones to smartphones. The main reasons to consider the Blade 20 include fantastic battery life, sufficient inbuilt storage and a promising triple camera. The downsides are relatively few, with none being an absolute deal-breaker.