Launched: ZTE’s new V3 range of alloy bodied phones launched from $160


It’s not just about Meizu today, ZTE also took to the stage in Beijing and launch 3 new models of ZTE V3 all with alloy bodies with a low starting price of $160!

ZTE really do dislike Meizu. After beating Meizu in a legal battle over the use of a capacitive ring button on phones (forcing Meizu to make the early switch to a physical button), they then decided to choose the same launch date as their rival launching 3 new devices.

While Li Nan and co took to the stage to announce the budge Meizu m2, ZTE’s bosses were announcing 3 models of V3 ranging from 999 Yuan, and rising to 1299 and 1499 Yuan.

Other than the higher asking price of the ZTE phones, there are some other notable difference between the Meizu m2 and new ZTE V3 range. ZTE for example have chosen an all alloy chassis for their budget range, have also give the phones a secure fingerprint scanner on the rear and even created a near bezeless design!

Although there are three different versions of the phone there is not really much difference between the models. The cheapest ‘Youth’ version has dual 4G LTE support, while the more expensive 1299 “Extreme” variant has full network support. The most expensive of the 3 adds a few additional accessories to the mix.

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All 3 ZTE phones boast a “small circle” blue home button (perhaps another attack at Meizu and their m2 known as the “blue charm” in China), 5.5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 display, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 615 chipset, Micro SD card slot (up to 128GB) and 3000mAh battery.

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The phone comes with Nubia UI3.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop which brings advanced NeoVision 5.1 camera features to the 13 mega-pixel F2.2 rear camera and 5 mega-pixel F2.2 front.

ZTE will be releasing the three new phones in China from today on JD.com. Resellers are likely to offer the phone at a higher price of closer to $200 once available.

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25 Comments

  1. Lukas
    July 29, 2015

    looked nice until i saw 77,2 mm width, that´s nowhere near bezeless

  2. Kingu Prima
    July 29, 2015

    It’s not bezeless imho, they’re just using a black background 😉

  3. July 29, 2015

    Oh not the SD615 again. Whats with this OEMs and SD615 that heats up? DOn’t they read reviews and comments?

    I got completely lost once I read SD615.

    • Mrinal
      July 29, 2015

      I already got lost when they said “near bezeless design”, looked at the picture and saw a black wallpaper..

      • Max
        July 29, 2015

        ^this! XDXD asian deception at it’s finest!

        • balcobomber25
          July 29, 2015

          Living in Asia for many years I know firsthand about Asian deception lol.

  4. realjjj
    July 29, 2015

    155.3mm height, so rather tall and black bands.

    • balcobomber25
      July 29, 2015

      At 155 it is taller than the Galaxy Note 4 which has a bigger display.

  5. balcobomber25
    July 29, 2015

    Looks too much like a clone of the Honor 7 even the color choices are the same.

    • Lars
      July 29, 2015

      Exactly my thoughts when I saw the images.

    • yalok
      July 29, 2015

      and any other phone with simple design, a camera in the middle and fingerprint sensor below it.

      • balcobomber25
        July 29, 2015

        Plenty of phones with a simple design, camera in the middle and fingerprint sensor below it are able to differentiate themselves from the pack without looking like a copy.

        • Joe mont
          July 29, 2015

          What do you want them to do, make the squares into circles? Make the phone into a circle?

          • balcobomber25
            July 29, 2015

            I dont really care what they do but when I (and others) look at this phone I see the Honor 7 more than any other phone, including the HTC.

        • yalok
          July 29, 2015

          Aside from similar color, the forms are different.

    • Guaire
      July 29, 2015
      • balcobomber25
        July 29, 2015

        Every phone borrows design language, especially metal phones from HTC. But when I see this I am reminded first of the Honor 7 and nothing else, mostly because of the colors.

  6. Max
    July 29, 2015

    “All 3 ZTE phones boast a “small circle” blue home button (…), 5.5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 display, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 615 chipset, Micro SD card slot (up to 128GB) and 3000mAh battery.”

    so, where’s the difference between the 3 then?

    EDIT: found it… the cheapest has dual 4G LTE support, the middle one has full network support and the “extreme” one comes with some additional “accessories”… really?
    32 “extreme” dollars more for “extreme” additional accessories? like what? a tpu case and headphones?
    god damnit, the news these days…

  7. mf1gt3r
    July 29, 2015

    Yall have said it all.

  8. Guaire
    July 29, 2015

    Price is good for that specs with metal body and fingerprint scanner. If it came with a plastic body and without fingerprint scanner would have zero chances IMO with same specs.

    Design is also good if you overlook the dimensions and black bands.

    With that such a large metal body, it should have not any heating issue.

    Blue rings suits on the silver one, but not on the gold one IMO.

  9. July 29, 2015

    Come on ZTE. Have you not enough of using SD615 on your phones?

    First , Z9 mini – heaty and slow (My Z7 mini run faster and cooler than that)
    Second, Nubia my prague – beautiful phone with great features yet using lousy 615
    Now, ZTE V3. again disappointed.

    When will you start using better chipset for mid tier phones?

  10. Muhammad Yasir
    July 29, 2015

    well … this sucks 🙁

  11. Evgenij Nebotov
    July 29, 2015

    77.2mm? not exactly bezelless lol 🙂

  12. OSNY
    July 29, 2015

    What’s with all the fake bezelless designs these days? I mean do these manufacturers really think that people aren’t going to notice when they change to a light colored background?

  13. iKosh
    July 30, 2015

    We often criticize OnePlus but the real idiots are ZTE. If they would pay as much attention on their own products as they do on Meizu’s, they could actually make something useful. There is nothing in their range that I would like to own, including nubia.
    On the other hand Meizu released the M2 which is a very good phone for an incredible price.