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This phone goes on sale on PAYG for £99.99 inc £10 top up on 4th september or £81.99 in store if you are a virgin media customer. You can get it on contract from £13/month for virgin media customers (£18/month for non-virgin customers) on a 24 month contract too. Click on the link and then the zte checkbox on the left hand side, the zte blade v will appear there on 4th september.

Confirmation from Virgin that it will indeed be on sale on the 4th september and that virgin customers can get it for £81.99 in store: http://about.virginmedia.com/press-release/9398/virgin-media-cuts-the-mustard-with-zte-blade-v Virgin store staff just need your account number and name to get it for this price in store.

This is easily the best spec for a phone available at £99.99 from the uk. The samsung galaxy ace 3 and sony experia m cost way more than this, huewei's phones of similar spec cost a lot more too.

Contract link for blade v: http://store.virginmedia.com/content/eSales/en_gb/home/virgin-media-mobile/pay-monthly-phones/zte-blade-v/zte-blade-v-tariffs.html PLEASE NOTE the phone is showing up as blade 3 in the basket, don't order yet until they fix this problem.

The phone is locked to virgin sim cards, the only way to unlock the phone at this time is to pay virgin £15.32. the £10 payg credit can be used to put towards this cost, resulting in you paying just £5.32.

Specs:

Android 4.1.2
1.2GHz Qualcomm 200 (MSM8225Q) Quad-Core CortexA5 chip with Adreno 203 GPU
1GB RAM
4GB storage (2gb user accessible)
Micro SD card slot (supports upto 32gb)
4" 800x480 IPS Capacitive screen
5 megapixel rear camera with auto focus & flash
VGA Front camera
1800 mAh battery
Bluetooth 4.0
A2DP1.2
802.11n wireless
GPS
FM Radio
Mobile standards: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) /HSPA/HSPA+/UMTS/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Audio codec support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, MIDI, AMR-NB, Ogg Vorbis, PCM/WAV
Video codec support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
130 grams
Dimensions: 126x64x10.9mm

Qualcomm 200 series specs: http://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/files/qualcomm-snapdragon-200-product-brief.pdf

foreign video reviews:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Gb9SXhsmYMc&hd=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-8_WU1TcItc

English Reviews:

http://www.knowyourmobile.com/zte/zte-blade-v/21098/zte-blade-v-first-look-specs-first-impressions
http://www.stuff.tv/zte/hands-review-zte-blade-v-90-quad-core-android-phone-thats-better-it-has-any-right-be/news

DIRECT LINK TO PAYG PHONE: http://store.virginmedia.com/content/eSales/en_gb/home/virgin-media-mobile/pay-as-you-go-phones/zte-blade-v/zte-blade-v-tariffs.html

Stock rom: http://www.ztedevices.com/support/smart_phone/cd8f32ce-9d6a-41ac-941d-d24e7317ca44.html?type=software

Root instructions: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2403230
ClockworkMod Recovery: http://www.modaco.com/topic/365228-recovery-clockworkmod-6036-for-zte-blade-v/

Top ups are in £5 minimum increments so ask the phone advisor nicely if they can credit you the 32p needed to unlock. they did for me but if you demand it they could insist you buy another £5 to cover it
- mrwhitelabel
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revzman
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.

You are correct it isn't as good as the £500 Samsung galaxy s4, thank you for pointing this out.

Edited By: hajj_3 on Sep 02, 2013 11:38: .
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revzman
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110412235025/uncyclopedia/images/thumb/1/15/Capt._Obvious.jpg/180px-Capt._Obvious.jpg
31 Likes
revzman
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.

Genius - comment of the day! X)
28 Likes
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.

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http://mobilarena.hu/dl/cnt/2013-08/100258/580.jpg

http://store.virginmedia.com/content/dam/eSales/mobile/responsive/ZTE/Zoom/zte_blade_v_zoom_comp.png

Edited By: hajj_3 on Sep 04, 2013 12:46: .
suspended 4 Likes #2
dcx_badass
Wish this was a few weeks ago before I spent £215 on a Galaxy S3, obviously a better phone, but £130 better?

Those phones are rather different really, galaxy s3 is faster, better screen, camera etc. But this has some tasty spec for just £90. There are few phones if any under £150 that have 1gb ram, many have android 4.0 instead of 4.1.2, i expect this phone to sell well in the uk. This uses cortex a5 cores (low power), galaxy s3 has cortex a9 cores which are probably 50% or so faster but i wouldn't pay £215 for a phone with that spec personally.


Edited By: hajj_3 on Sep 01, 2013 23:28
#3
Some of the deals on HTC one got 500° for 2% discount during 2 days, so this should got 10000° for the value..
28 Likes #4
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.
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revzman
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.

You are correct it isn't as good as the £500 Samsung galaxy s4, thank you for pointing this out.

Edited By: hajj_3 on Sep 02, 2013 11:38: .
#6
Any link to the phone for sale? Will it be available online/Instore?
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Sstuff
Any link to the phone for sale? Will it be available online/Instore?

the link provided takes you to their store, click on the zte checkbox on the left hand side on 4th september and it will be there for us to see. I'm not sure about instore i presume so.
#8
hajj_3
Sstuff
Any link to the phone for sale? Will it be available online/Instore?

the link provided takes you to their store, click on the zte checkbox on the left hand side on 4th september and it will be there for us to see. I'm not sure about instore i presume so.
Thanks
144 Likes #9
revzman
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110412235025/uncyclopedia/images/thumb/1/15/Capt._Obvious.jpg/180px-Capt._Obvious.jpg
#10
Will be nabbing one of these!
#11
hajj_3
http://mobilarena.hu/dl/cnt/2013-08/100258/580.jpg

If you thought the acer e2 looked budget, take a look at this phone!
#12
So is this locked to Virgin?
How easy to unlock?
#13
dcx_badass
Wish this was a few weeks ago before I spent £215 on a Galaxy S3, obviously a better phone, but £130 better?
This phone for under a hundred is a bargain but so is the Galaxy S3 for £215 if you got it new! You can't compare upper and lower tier phones directly, there's just too big of a jump.
3 Likes #14
Blade V - I didn't even know there was a Blade IV.

Quadcore for under £100 - looks like we finally got a new San Francisco.
Other than a small-ish screen with only 480p resolution these specs are actually rather good.

For anyone who thinks the Nexus 4 still is a bit too much for their wallet, this is the phone to get. Judging by specs alone that is.
31 Likes #15
revzman
Not as good as some of the more expensive phones IMO.

Genius - comment of the day! X)
1 Like #16
Any reviews? I a ZTE grand X and the screen was really unresponsive.
#17
Jonnyblock
Any reviews? I a ZTE grand X and the screen was really unresponsive.
review
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Jonnyblock
Any reviews? I a ZTE grand X and the screen was really unresponsive.
you can often fix that with custom roms, maybe even apps.
#19
MadeDixonsCry
hajj_3
http://mobilarena.hu/dl/cnt/2013-08/100258/580.jpg

If you thought the acer e2 looked budget, take a look at this phone!
Can you detail a bit? I have the Acer E2 Duo, and seem very elegant to me. What makes it look budget in your eyes?
The Acer E2 also gets raving reviews on Amazon.de at a much higher price...
#20
hajj_3
Sstuff
Any link to the phone for sale? Will it be available online/Instore?


the link provided takes you to their store, click on the zte checkbox on the left hand side on 4th september and it will be there for us to see. I'm not sure about instore i presume so.

I can only see the Blade 3
1 Like #21
New Born
hajj_3
Sstuff
Any link to the phone for sale? Will it be available online/Instore?

the link provided takes you to their store, click on the zte checkbox on the left hand side on 4th september and it will be there for us to see. I'm not sure about instore i presume so.
I can only see the Blade 3
check back on the 4th September
banned#22
Holy crap.

If this is the right price then this is the deal of the century!!!!
1 Like #23
Shame about the screen res, would of been the icing on the cake if the phone had been QHD or better
#24
Looking at the youtube video, it seems quite responsive.
#25
Its a shame it doesn't have a bigger battery and better screen.

Nice phone otherwise
2 Likes #26
Good spec for £90. Heat.

Still remember my ZTE Blade. First smartphone I ever bought, and only phone I ever bought on launch day. Ah memories.... :D
#27
only 4gbs for apps .. Great Deal if this isn't an issue, but this ones not for me.

Edited By: Saintledger on Sep 02, 2013 00:45
suspended#28
For those of you complaining about the screen resolution, this is the maximum that the chip supports according to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_%28system_on_chip%29

The chip supports 720p camera recording too btw, not sure whether the image sensor support that or whether zte might have disabled it, we'll have to wait and see what resolution we can record videos at.

Saintledger
only 4gbs for apps .. Great Deal if this isn't an issue, but this ones not for me.

micro sd expansion is available.

Edited By: hajj_3 on Sep 02, 2013 00:49
#29
Pity it's not Dual Sim :(

maxmix
#30
Comment on modaco says the adreno 203 gpu is a fossil? Is it really that bad?
suspended#31
Godspeed
Comment on modaco says the adreno 203 gpu is a fossil? Is it really that bad?

it is indeed old, if you want great gaming performance this isn't the phone for you. I don't game so that isn't important to me.
#32
Hi, any advice on which phone is better: the ZTE Blade or this one from DX?
4 Likes #33
I scanned the part of the latest Virgin Media buyer's guide that shows the phone & prices

http://i.imgur.com/30l5sDu.png

There is also an offer that says "20% off selected Pay As You Go Phones exclusively for Virgin Media customers" and it shows the Blade V along with a few other devices. Should bring the price down to £71.99. You just need to be a TV, broadband, or existing mobile user with Virgin Media and the offer is restricted to 2 phones per household.

The price does not include the £10 top up.

Godspeed
Comment on modaco says the adreno 203 gpu is a fossil? Is it really that bad?
It's an old GPU core so performance won't be as good as faster GPUs like Adreno 3xx series but you do have the quad-core CPU to help things along.



Edited By: flibblesan on Sep 02, 2013 02:28: extra info
#34
ZTE Blade the original aka San Francisco. The phone that made me want to learn about modding, custom roms etc. I don't think this will be as good as the original San Fran in terms of popularity as there's just way too many options for people who can either spend that little bit more, buy second hand, buy from abroad etc. Still it's not exactly a bad price so have some heat.
#35
heat. looks good on paper - not too huge, reasonable battery capacity, good cpu and RAM.
#36
It will be £89.99 + £10 top up on payg
#37
Will it be locked to Virgin on PAYG sims? Or perhaps another question, does inserting the PAYG sim lock it to the network?

Many thanks
1 Like #38
just bought y300 for 30 less and will say I wonder how much difference the extra 2 cores will make since lot of apps are not multi thread the per clock performance of cortex A5 (judging by the y300 performance) is not great in even simple tasks, bearable but definitely not enjoyable

Edited By: antonywhite37 on Sep 02, 2013 16:49: corrected grammar
#39
Any ideas on unlocking without custom rom?
#40
Great spec for 90 quid, This is what people have wanted for under 100 quid, Just bought Nexus 4 myself but this is surely a Y300 beater!

1gb ram and quad core, No doubt Huawei will have something similar shortly.

Heat! If 168 quid is too much

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