- Analysis by KJ David
The 2019 ZTE Blade L8 is a low-specked Android Go smartphone tailored to basic smartphone users and those eying a cheap, essentials-only smartphone.
Some of its biggest cons reside under the hood, namely, an old-fashioned quad-core 1.3GHz SC7731E processor coupled with an equally-low-end 1GB-only RAM -- a few competing smartphones within this price group pack at least 2GB or even 3GB of RAM. Keep in mind, though, that its efficiency-driven Android Go platform is specifically designed for smartphones with outmoded hardware components like itself. Additionally, its lack of 4G-LTE network connectivity sounds like an off-putting drawback to us, knowing that 4G support was all but standard among entry-level smartphones as of this Phonerated specs analysis -- get to know the newest 4G-enabled phones here.
Adding to its unimpressive hardware pros and cons is a 2000mAh-only lithium-polymer battery that does not quite hit our entry-level sweet spot for 2019 budget smartphones (We were expecting somewhere along the lines of 2500mAh).
Storage-wise, this low-key Blade edition comes with no more than 16GB of on-board storage, but it does support up to 128GB's worth of external memory , which winds up as a pro to us, seeing that it is a lot more than the 32GB or 64GB top-up memory allowances offered by many similarly-specked models.
When it comes to photography, the L8's rear and front cameras are far from standouts versus what many of its entry-level contemporaries offer. It comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing main cam that at least has a standard LED flash accompanying it, while a humdrum 5-megapixel selfie cam sits up front. Both its cameras suffer from fixed-focus capacities , which means that neither cam features an autofocus function.
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As for its screen, the Blade L8 touts an unassuming 5-inch TFT display with a low-class resolution of 960 x 480 pixels only , whereas a few of its closest rivals feature HD-720p facades.
So, insofar as our review of its pros and cons is concerned, the Blade L8 is a basic-level Android for those eying a backup smartphone or those who are only just learning the ropes of Android.
** This phone is also known as: ZTE L8
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