If you’re looking for an entry level smartphone, it’s the local phone brands like MyPhone, Cherry Mobile and Starmobile that we usually turn to. However, ZTE is an international brand that has always been about value for money and their latest budget offering, the ZTE Blade C, is priced low enough that it might give even the most affordable dual core smartphones in the Philippines a run for their money. For just Php4,290, the ZTE Blade C gives you a 4 inch WVGA screen, dual core processor and 4Gb of internal storage, all while running Jelly Bean 4.1 out of the box.
The specs are pretty similar to what we’ve seen on the Cherry Mobile Flare, although there are some aspects where it has the Flare beat. For example, the ZTE Blade C has a similar setup with a dual core processor, 512Mb of RAM and 4Gb of ROM. However, rather than a Qualcomm processor like the Flare, the Blade C is powered by its MediaTek equivalent, the MT6577.
Also, the ZTE Blade C runs Jelly Bean 4.1, so it has the edge in terms of the added functionality and software optimizations that it has over ICS 4.0. The notifications hold much more information that you can better decide if you want to launch the app or just ignore it. One downside though is that Jelly Bean eats up more RAM and the Blade C’s 512Mb of RAM is on the low side. Hopefully, ZTE’s implementation is stable enough for it not to matter that much.
The rest of the specs aren’t bad. There’s a complete set of wireless connectivity options, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and 3G. The imaging department is a little disappointing because you’re only getting a 3.2Mp shooter, but for that money, it’s a compromise that a few buyers will be able to accept. So would you consider buying the ZTE Blade C?
ZTE Blade C Specs
- 4 inch WVGA display (480 x 800, 233ppi)
- 1GHz dual core MediaTek MT6577 processor
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 512Mb RAM
- 4Gb ROM, expandable up to 32Gb via micro SD
- 3.2mp rear camera, VGA front camera
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- GPS with A-GPS support
- 1,600mAh battery
- Price: Php4,290
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