- Analysis by KJ David
A not-so-sharp Android smartphone, the prepaid ZTE Blade Vantage 2 offers a classic entry-level formula of pros and cons. For one, it comes with a low-caliber 5-inch 960 x 480 (FWVGA TFT display that at least has an 18:9 aspect ratio , which basically makes its screen a bit wider than those of many competing entry-level models -- those that have 16:9 solutions only, that is.
Still on its cons, the Vantage 2 comes with a measly 2050mAh battery capacity that's easily bullied by the 3000mAh power caps boasted by a few other models within the same price range -- this phone was pegged at 60 dollars at the time of this specs-driven Phonerated review.
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This ZTE model does not go for anything fancy when it comes to photography either, settling for a mundane 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures 720p videos at best, despite 1080p being somewhat the golden standard when it hit the market. Additionally, it has a 2-megapixel-only front-facing camera whose raw pixel resolution was among the lowest in this market segment when we were checking it out. In comparison, a lot of similarly-priced low-enders offer at least 5-megapixel selfie shooters.
This low-class phone is not without some redeeming pros, though, a couple of which are its 16GB native memory and 256GB maximum external memory allowance , both being heftier than what most older entry-level models offer. Also, even though it opts out of the octa-core race, its 2GHz quad-core engine sounds appreciable to us, considering that a lot of its 2019 contemporaries stick with primitive 1.3GHz four-core chips. It has 2GB of accompanying RAM.
With 4G connectivity and the Android 9.0 Pie OS tying its pros and cons together, the Blade Vantage 2 caters to smartphone newbies and those who want nothing more than a basic Android phone.
** This phone is also known as: ZTE Vantage 2
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