- Analysis by KJ David
Initially carried by Boost Mobile, ZTE's 2017 no-contact Blade Force may not be that strong of a force to be reckoned with, but we did spot a couple of pros amidst its primitive cons.
For starters, it banks on a 3000mAh battery pack , which may not seem like much, given 2017 power trends, but is still quite hefty, coming from a phone pegged at only $130 when it came out. Additionally, it promises up to 1410 minutes (23.5 hours) of continuous calling time -- more than eight percent higher than the 780-minuted average as of this review.
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Even though it comes with a reassuring battery life, however, the ZTE Blade Force is a pretty blunt Blade model screen-wise, with its 5.5-inch IPS display nailed to a 1280 x 720 (HD) resolution . In contrast, several other 3000mAh-powered smartphones tout FHD-1080p displays. Luckily, it tries to make up for its lackluster screen in terms of network connectivity, being pitched as a High Power User Equipment (HPUE) device , which basically means that it specializes on 4G LTE network connectivity and coverage. Carrier aggregation joins in on the action as well.
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As for its other pros and cons, the Blade Force runs on an entry-level 1.4GHz quad-core processor with a so-so 2GB RAM. For storage, it features 16GB's worth of inbuilt memory , which is somewhat decent when bundled with the forenamed hardware specs. Its up-to-128GB microSD card support sounds just about right as well.
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Heading over to its cameras, neither its 8-megapixel rear-facing camera nor its 5-megapixel front-facing secondary cam impress us. That being said, these cams hit just the right mark for a Nougat-run Android tailored to power-hungry users who are shopping on a tight budget. It also throws in Mexico as well as voice roaming capabilities -- familiar facets for a starter-class Boost Mobile device.
When it comes down to pros and cons, the Blade Force is not a phone with many bells and whistles to offer, but with a hearty battery and a 4G LTE Plus network compatibility, it could end up as a practical choice for the budget Android shopper.
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