ZTE Corporation, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment, and systems company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, is looking to raise their company to profile outside of China, and on February 25, 2017, they announced one of their latest smartphones for this year, the ZTE Blade A520, a low-end smartphone with Full High Definition Resolution. The ZTE Blade A520 first appeared last January in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent agency in the United States that regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable, as the ZTE is seeking an approval for the device to be legally sold for use in the U.S., along with ZTE’s other smartphones ZTE Blade V8 N9136, Blade A602, ZTE Z837, and ZTE Z799VL. The ZTE Blade A520 is expected to be released in March of this year.
The device is a full bar touchscreen with a 71 mm in width, 144 mm in height, with a thickness of 8.4 mm which weighs 130 grams or 4.59 ounces including the battery. All in all, the ZTE Blade A520 has a volume of 85.88 cm3, where the body material is made of plastic with a dedicated button for power and a volume rocker with a loudspeaker to amplify the tones and music playback. The phone will be shipped in gray or blue colors.
This Android smartphone delivers a capacitive Multi-touch 5-inch In-plane switching (IPS) LCD display in 720 X 1280 pixels resolution capable of 16M colors with a density of 294 pixels per inch. The aspect ratio is at 16:9 with 24-bit color depth in 2.45 inches width and 4.36 inches in height display. The ZTE Blade A520 System on Chip (SoC) is powered by 28 nm 64 bit MediaTek MT6737 designed in 4 Cortex ArmV8-A CPU cores at the speed of 1.25 GHz in support of a single channel 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 640 MHz. The graphics department is empowered by a 2 ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU at 600 MHz that runs in the new Android 7.0 Nougat operating system in an MIFavor User Interface. Internal storage is enough, as the phone comes with 16 GB of internal storage, with support for memory expansion up to 128 GB through a micro SD card where you can store the supported audio formats in WAV, AAC, AMR, MP3, MIDI, FLAC, OGG, and eAAC+, and video in formats of 3GP, MP4, FLV, WMV, XviD, AVI, DivX, MKV, H.234, and H.263.
The battery juice is made up of a removable 2400 mAH Lithium-ion battery that seems enough to last for a day. The camera department is equipped with (in rear) an 8-megapixel Complimentary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensor with LED flash. The rear camera is capable of video recording at 30 frames per second that features Autofocus, Continuous Shooting, Digital Zoom, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch Focus, Face detection, White Balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, a self-timer, and scene mode. The front-facing camera is also good for selfies as it is equipped with an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor. The ZTE Blade A520 is a hybrid dual SIM card phone that supports 2G Band Frequency at GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, High SpeedGSM High-Speed3G Network Band at HSDPA 850, H SDPA 900, HSDPA 1900, HSDPA 2100, and the ZTE Blade A520 also supports LTE based 4G Networks Support at Frequency level LTE 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600, LTE 900. Itcomes with network handling support with Network settings and works offline with flight Mode.
It remains to be seen how the device will be priced, but based on the specifications, we can say that this is a mid-range budget smartphone. The 8 megapixel camera with FHD resolution is a big deal for the consumer to consider, especially if it is priced competitively when it becomes available on the market. For now, let’s wait until March to fully experience the sharpness of the Blade A520.