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.)

ZTE Blade III V889M

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.

ZTE Blade III V889M

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.

ZTE Blade III V889M

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:

ZTE Blade III V889M
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.

ZTE Blade III V889M
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.

ZTE Blade III V889M

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.


TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name ZTE Blade 3 V889M
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions120.5 x 63.6 x 11.9 mm
Weight 139 grams
Available Colors Black
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
Video Capture 720p
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
Announcement November 2012
Availability November 2012
Price Official SRP: Php 7,990