24 February 2021
ZTE has launched a new 5G mid-range phone named Blade V2021 5G in China. The name suggests it is a successor or at least an improved version of the Blade V2020 5G announced in October but that is not correct. Instead, the phone is a toned-down version for more affordable pricing.
The Blade V2021 5G sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels) LCD display with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 720 processor with a Mali-G57 MC3 GPU. There are two configuration variants featuring 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage.
The phone offers a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 48-megapixel sensor with f/1.79 aperture. The other two cameras include an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The notch on the front houses an 8-megapixel selfie shooter for video calls and clicking selfies.
There is a 4,000mAh battery to keep the lights on but no fast charging support. The phone will run MiFavor 10 based on Android 10 right from the first boot. Other noteworthy features include a fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
ZTE has priced the Blade V2021 5G at CNY 999 (about $152) and CNY 1,399 (about $213) for 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB variants respectively. It will be sold in Space Gray, Blue, Silver, and Pink colors starting December 3rd i.e. today.