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ZTE Blade V7 5.2 inch unlocked £129.99 plus £10 top-up on 3 - £139.99 @ Three
ZTE Blade V7 5.2 inch unlocked £129.99 plus £10 top-up on 3 - £139.99 @ Three

ZTE Blade V7 5.2 inch unlocked £129.99 plus £10 top-up on 3 - £139.99 @ Three

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This is a fairly new ZTE phone and sells for knocking on £200 on Amazon. Looks like 3 has the network exclusive in the UK and they're selling it for £129.99 on payg plus compulsory £10 top up - unless you're already a 3 customer.

And all 3 phones are unlocked and SIM-free.

It's in stock in stores and I bought a payg one yesterday, but appears to be only on contract at the moment online.

Seems like a pretty good deal for this midranger. It's got a 5.2 inch, edge to edge screen, thin metal body, dual SIM (well, two nano sims or one nano sim plus a microSD card), 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM.

The screen looks very good and the phone is pretty speedy. Only had it for a day, but the battery seems ok and looks like it will last at least 24-hours with moderate use between charges.

And, no, this is not the Blade V7 Lite. Or the V7 Max for that matter.

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Looks good but no Fingerprint scanner..

I hope they ordered enough, and it can be unlocked, and they drop the price by £30…!

99rb

I hope they ordered enough, and it can be unlocked, and they drop the … I hope they ordered enough, and it can be unlocked, and they drop the price by £30…!



​already unlocked

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, dual-SIM, 5.2" 1080, Octa-core, Marshmallow. Good deal if you can live without fingerprint.

If you into rooting and custom ROMs seems it's not widely available for V7 yet. Most info I could find relates to V7 Lite.
Edited by: "Sqsq" 14th Oct 2016

Processor mediatek? Cold

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Just to let you know, the phone I bought from 3 is definitely unlocked, apparently all 3 phones are unlocked. I'm using it on Vodafone.
One thing worth pointing out is there is no NFC so no Android Pay.
And, according to reviews, ZTE has promised an update to Android Nougat. But the 3 phone has a 3 ROM - only shows in splash screen and a few 3 apps that can be uninstalled. Don't know if this will affect ZTE's plans to update to Nougat.
Edited by: "iainmann" 14th Oct 2016

hi on the click thru and PAYG the ZTE is a no show

Pretty similar specs to the Infocus M560 that can be had on eBay for £80 (was £70 pre brexit) and it can take 2 Sims and MicroSd which is a bonus to many (and getting pretty rare nowadays)

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psychoid

hi on the click thru and PAYG the ZTE is a no show



Yes...but it is available in 3 stores on payg.

Can anyone confirm that this version definitely has gyro and compass. Specification on 3 website refers to accelerometer and proximity sensors only.

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Pretty similar specs to the Infocus M560 that can be had on eBay for £80 … Pretty similar specs to the Infocus M560 that can be had on eBay for £80 (was £70 pre brexit) and it can take 2 Sims and MicroSd which is a bonus to many (and getting pretty rare nowadays)


I have the infocus m560 very nice phone. It was not 70 pre brexit I had it since April. It's always been around 79

Funnily enough I saw the v7 late in cpw we today and it looked nice and I think it had a finger scanner, why would this one not

little_green

Funnily enough I saw the v7 late in cpw we today and it looked nice and I … Funnily enough I saw the v7 late in cpw we today and it looked nice and I think it had a finger scanner, why would this one not



​Yes the Lite version has a fingerprint scanner but no gyro No such thing as the perfect phone. I wish there was :P

waynester21

​Yes the Lite version has a fingerprint scanner but no gyro No such t … ​Yes the Lite version has a fingerprint scanner but no gyro No such thing as the perfect phone. I wish there was :P


haha that's so weird to shte lte version is meant to be lower spec'd or....?

also where is the non contract price? all thats showing for me is a contract option

little_green

I have the infocus m560 very nice phone. It was not 70 pre brexit I had … I have the infocus m560 very nice phone. It was not 70 pre brexit I had it since April. It's always been around 79



Was £69.99. Went up to £85.99 and now back down to £79.99.

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Was £69.99. Went up to £85.99 and now back down to £79.99.


might have been at the auction but was never 69.99 buy it now.

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Pretty similar specs to the Infocus M560 that can be had on eBay for £80 … Pretty similar specs to the Infocus M560 that can be had on eBay for £80 (was £70 pre brexit) and it can take 2 Sims and MicroSd which is a bonus to many (and getting pretty rare nowadays)



Infocus M560 does not have 4G-LTE 800MHz so no O2/giffgaff

j33user

Infocus M560 does not have 4G-LTE 800MHz so no O2/giffgaff



Very true. Although here in Nottingham West the 4G is not considerably faster than o2's 3G service. Might affect coverage on Vodafone too.

One big advantage of the ZTE (if you are on three) is that it's the first budget phone to have three's VoLTE service so can use the 800 MHz spectrum that might help indoor reception depending on location.

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hansel2

Can anyone confirm that this version definitely has gyro and compass. … Can anyone confirm that this version definitely has gyro and compass. Specification on 3 website refers to accelerometer and proximity sensors only.



I've tried the phone with a VR headset...and yes it has a gyroscope.

So bizarre the "better model would lack a finger sensor when the lite model has one

Think I'd rather spend the same money on a Moto g4 better battery processor and software

spencer24

Think I'd rather spend the same money on a Moto g4 better battery … Think I'd rather spend the same money on a Moto g4 better battery processor and software



Where to buy from that G4 in this price?
I am looking for one...

..... G4 is also bigger.....
Can anyone thing of a better 5" or 5.2" size phone? (my Mrs is refusing to entertain using a 5.5" phone!)

all I want is a 5in screen and 32gb built in memory, yeah I know I can use SD cards but a lot of apps won't work with SD. not fussed about any other specs but it's surprisingly hard to find something simple with 32gb.

no NFC so cold from me

It's MediaTek MT6752 though....and Meditek have a history of flakey issues associated with their chips as they don't comply with the GPL policies.

http://en.miui.com/thread-240304-1-1.html

http://www.xda-developers.com/have-you-paid-your-linux-kernel-source-license-fee/

Not seeing the advantage of this phone over the cheaper Snapdragon 650 Xiaomi Redmi 3 Note.

Weird that it has no fingerprint scanner when the V7 Lite does.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfNkNS4Pt7Y

2500 mAh battery is also very poor. You'll be lucky to get through a full day with that if you use the phone regularly with apps.

Sorry, but definite COLD. Nice exterior design but the weird UI, small battery, Mediatek chip, and lack of fingerprint sensor kills it for me.

Edited by: "Picard123" 17th Oct 2016

wilf1234

..... G4 is also bigger..... Can anyone thing of a better 5" or 5.2" size … ..... G4 is also bigger..... Can anyone thing of a better 5" or 5.2" size phone? (my Mrs is refusing to entertain using a 5.5" phone!)



​Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro. Loads of threads on that here already.

bigvince76

all I want is a 5in screen and 32gb built in memory, yeah I know I can … all I want is a 5in screen and 32gb built in memory, yeah I know I can use SD cards but a lot of apps won't work with SD. not fussed about any other specs but it's surprisingly hard to find something simple with 32gb.



​nexus you'll get android 7.0 too

Picard123

It's MediaTek MT6752 though....and Meditek have a history of flakey … It's MediaTek MT6752 though....and Meditek have a history of flakey issues associated with their chips as they don't comply with the GPL policies.http://en.miui.com/thread-240304-1-1.htmlhttp://www.xda-developers.com/have-you-paid-your-linux-kernel-source-license-fee/Not seeing the advantage of this phone over the cheaper Snapdragon 650 Xiaomi Redmi 3 Note.Weird that it has no fingerprint scanner when the V7 Lite does.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfNkNS4Pt7Y2500 mAh battery is also very poor. You'll be lucky to get through a full day with that if you use the phone regularly with apps.Sorry, but definite COLD. Nice exterior design but the weird UI, small battery, Mediatek chip, and lack of fingerprint sensor kills it for me.



​Regarding the UI, it's basically stock android but with a custom launcher and custom icons.
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