ZTE Blade V8 Pro Review : The Best Budget Phone Available

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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