The Philippines is one of the first countries to get the recently announced ZTE Blade 3 V889M. In fact, it's now available nationwide at all MSI-ECS stores for just Php 7,990 (Kindly scroll down to see everything that you're getting specs-wise with that amount.)
If it's your first time to hear about the brand, ZTE is the largest phone manufacturer in China and the fourth largest in the world, following Samsung of South Korea, Nokia of Finland, and Apple of USA. So yes, it's on the same level as some of the biggest and most trusted international handset manufacturers currently.
Last week, Sir Maurice Altar - AVP for Marketing and Communications of MSI-ECS - sent me a unit to unbox and play with. So now, let me share with you my quick review of the device - including the 5 things I like about it and the one thing I sorta don't - as well as my unboxing video.
So what do I find attractive about this handset?
1. Design - As I've mentioned earlier on TP, ZTE Blade III V889M comes with a slim and sleek design highlighted by metallic accents lining the sides of the handset and framing the camera at the back. "You won't be shy to put this on the table in [round-table or] corporate meetings," I said in that post. Additionally, the power button and volume rocker have a sturdy feel when you press them giving reassurance that they won't easily give out just like that with regular use.
2. Buttery smooth performance - This handset runs Ice Cream Sandwich or version 4.0.4 of Android OS but the transitions and touch response I'm getting approximate what I get from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on my Nexus 7. No lagginess whatsoever.
3. Stellar benchmarks - The smooth performance is clearly a result of the good innards that the handset has. I ran Antutu Benchmark and Quadrant Standard to test the collective performance of V889M's Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MT6577 chipset, 512MB of RAM, 3D Graphics, Database, among others and these are the results I got:
Quadrant Standard shows that the handset performs better than other devices powered by a Dual Core processor like Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Antutu Benchmark, on the other hand, shows that V889M's performance is in between that of Samsung Galaxy SII and LG Optimus 2X. Not bad for a Php 7,990 smartphone, don't you think?
4. Quite Good Battery Life - Although the phone only has a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery pack, I noticed that V889M's uptime is relatively better than what I'm used to getting from other Android phones in this price category. For instance, I noticed that the handset delivers around 6 to 8 hours of web-browsing versus only around 4 to 5 hours with other similar smartphones. As most of you know, I use Mugen extended battery packs in my daily Android handsets so I have a very high standard when it comes to uptime and I have to say, V889M's quite alright in this department.
5. Dual SIM Dual Standby - This smartphone allows users to stay connected on two networks at the same time and it even has a section in the Settings dedicated to managing SIM cards.
All things considered, I think that is ZTE Blade III V889M a great device for its price point - although it could have been a whole lot cooler had ZTE given it LED flash for the 5 MegaPixel main camera. Don't get me wrong, the shooter delivers 'acceptable' images even in low light conditions - thanks to Automatic White Balance. But I still think it would have been nice had ZTE added LED flash to the device - even if it's just a single bulb.
Finally, to wrap this up, here's my quick unboxing video of ZTE Blade III V889M. Pardon my shaking voice as I had a flu when I recorded this a few days back; I just had to do it even if I wasn't feeling well -- all for the love of my TP Friends. I hope you like it no less.
|Name||ZTE Blade 3 V889M|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||120.5 x 63.6 x 11.9 mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MT6577 chipset|
|RAM||512 MB RAM|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, no flash, no front camera|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, 3G|
|Network||2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1650 mAh|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 450 hours, Talk time of up to 8 hours|
|Price||Official SRP: Php 7,990|