ZTE Tempo Go debuts as the first Android Go phone with Snapdragon

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The Blade V9 VITA has a 5.45-inch bezel-less display with HD+ resolution, instead of the 5.75-inch FHD+ unit in the Blade V9.

ZTE on Sunday added a pair of smartphones to its Blade portfolio of devices.

The first smartphone from ZTE introduced today is the ZTE Blade V9.

Moving on to the imaging, ZTE has equipped the Blade V9 with the now trending dual-camera setup. The ZTE Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita are expected to cost around the $300 and $250 respectively.

Apart from the changes mentioned above, the rest of the specs of the Blade V9 VITA are similar to the Blade V9, including the connectivity options, eight layered glass, battery capacity, and Android 8.1 Oreo OS. Specs include a 3180 mAh battery with quick charging, a single 20MP camera which serves as both the front and rear camera thanks to the folding design, a side mounted fingerprint scanner, and expandable storage.

The phone is powered by an octa-core processor and comes in two builds: 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It comes with a -megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. Lastly, the device uses Snapdragon 435 SoC, which is significantly less powerful than the Snapdragon 450 SoC used in the Blade V9. It has a 16 MP sensor at the back that is assisted by a 5 MP secondary camera. Some really just want a basic communication device that happens to also bring the Internet into their pockets.

The ZTE Blade V9 VITA is a trimmed-down version of the Blade V9. The devices would be shipped with different set of features in different countries. Availability of the Android Go phones from those, however, are targeted mostly at emerging markets.

Being an entry-level smartphone, the new ZTE Tempo Go smartphone has a plastic body which lower down the pricing of the device. The cameras are going to be the most disappointing parts of the phone, with a 5 megapixel shooter on the back and a measly 2 megapixels on the front. The smartphone is fitted with a 5-inch display with a screen resolution of 480×854 pixels. It is based around the pretty outdated Snapdragon 210 chipset, but hopefully, Android Go's lightweight approach to base features and additional apps can make it work. The unlocked ZTE Tempo Go smartphone is priced at $80 in the United States.

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