ZTE seems determined to compete with the local phones. I took a quick look at the new ZTE Blade E which tried to take on the Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0, but which fell short. But the more important new entry of ZTE into the local market is the V807 Blade E. The Blade E tries to take on the Cherry Mobile Flare.
I would not be surprised if the Flare is the best selling smartphone in the country.
The ZTE Blade C feels and looks a lot like the Cherry Mobile Flare, even down to the old school four capacitative buttons which was the standard during the Gingerbread days. Its specifications are very similar too.
- Android 4.1
- 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display
- Dual sim support
- 4 GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card slot
- 512 MB RAM
- 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- Adreno 203 graphics
- 3.2 MP autofocus primary camera with LED Flash
- No front camera
- 1600 mAh battery
The main difference between the two is that the Flare has a higher 5 MP primary camera and has front camera. Blade C has a larger 1600 mAh battery, compared to the 1500 mAh unit on the Flare. In terms of price, the two are price closely. The Flare sells for Php3,999 while I found the Blade C selling for Php4,290.
Ultimately, it comes to marginally better battery life versus better cameras.