After launching the Blade X9, Blade X5 and Blade X3 last month, ZTE has added a new smartphone to its Blade series, called the ZTE BladeA1. The smartphone will be going on sale in China on December 11, priced at CNY 599, which is roughly around Rs 6,000.
Although the ZTE Blade A1 is an entry-level smartphone, it boasts a fingerprint scanner, which is usually found on mid-range to high-end smartphones. The sensor is placed at the back of the phone below the camera and LED flash. It will be available in White, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Space Grey color variants.
ZTE Blade A1 specifications and features: The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display with 293ppi pixel density, and is powered by a MediaTek MT6735 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, and paired with 2GB of RAM. It has a 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded via a microSD card (up to 128GB).
In the photography department, the Blade A1 features a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is backed by 2,800mAh battery, and connectivity options include dual-SIM (Nano-SIM card) slots, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. On the software front, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with customized with MiFavor 3.2 UI on top.
There is currently no word on if or when ZTE will launch the Blade Z1 in other markets like India. Considering the specifications though, if launched here it will face competition from the likes of the Meizu m2 and the YU Yuphoria.