With premium features trickling down to less expensive smartphones, the budget phone arena has gotten increasingly competitive. Take ZTE’s Blade V8 Pro, which matches the impressive $249 Honor 6X with dual rear cameras, a fingerprint reader and big, 5.5-inch, full-HD screen — all for $20 less. These two unlocked phones are each compelling options for budget-minded shoppers who want phones that work on GSM networks like those of AT&T and Verizon. But when you consider the Blade V8 Pro’s outstanding 12-hour battery life, you wind up with one of the best smartphone values you can buy right now.
Design: Don’t look back
The look of the Blade V8 Pro is kind of a tale of two phones. Up front, you get a big, 5.5-inch screen surrounded by a glossy black bezel and a nearly flush home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor that is flanked by capacitive touch menu buttons on either side. It’s a pretty slick facade — right up until you flip the phone over.
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