Some years ago, ZTE was in a situation that is very similar to what Huawei is currently facing. After violating certain sanctions, the US government applied a ban on the Chinese company obliging them to cease usage of US-based technology. Unlike Huawei who had enough resources to keep its smartphone business alive, ZTE closed the doors of its smartphone business a couple of months after the ban. In counterpart to Huawei’s situation, the US government decided to lift the ban on ZTE as long as the company committed to making some changes. ZTE, then, managed to reinvent itself with competitive smartphones. The brand is betting on innovative concepts like the first in-display camera smartphone. However, it also has been seeing 5G demand as a good way to expand its smartphone portfolio. Today the company is adding a new device to its portfolio of 5G devices dubbed ZTE Blade X1 5G.
ZTE Blade X1 5G specifications
The ZTE Blade X1 5G will be exclusive to US MVNO carrier Visible which operates on Verizon’s 5G network. Interestingly, this device seems to be quite similar to ZTE’s recently released Blade V2020 5G. The only big difference here is that the new model packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. This chipset has a 1x Kryo 475 Prime (Cortex-A76) CPU working at 2.4GHz, a 1x Kryo 475 Gold (Cortex-A76) CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, and 6 x Kryo 475 Silver (Cortex-A55) working at 1.8GHz. The graphical powers are ensured by an Adreno 620 GPU. This chipset is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal Storage. This storage amount can be easily expanded with a microSD card.
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The Blade X1 flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution. Just like most modern phones, this handsets bets in the punch-hole cutout for its 16MP selfie snapper. Moving around to the back, we have a Quad-Camera setup comprising a 48MP primary shooter paired with an 8MP ultrawide lens and two 2MP modules for macro shots and depth sensing. The back panel also serves as a house for the fingerprint scanner.
You can pick the ZTE Blade X1 5G in any color as long as it’s Midnight Blue. The handset isn’t the cheapest of 5G phones available with a retail price of $384. We’re curious to see how the Blade X1 will perform in a market flooded with 5G handsets.