While the Philippine budget smartphone market may be dominated by the local phone brands, there are a few international players that are making themselves felt. ZTE Mobile is one good example, and their recently launched Blade C is an entry-level smartphone that hits the sweet spot in terms of specs and pricing. For just Php4,290, the ZTE Blaze C gives you a 4 inch WVGA screen, a dual core processor and Android 4.1 out of the box. Not bad.
The specs of the ZTE Blaze C are fairly similar to the popular Cherry Mobile Flare. It has 512Mb of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, although the processor is by MediaTek, not Qualcomm. It also sports a slightly larger 1,600mAh battery and runs a more updated version of Android (Jelly Bean 4.1 vs ICS 4.0). However, while it does sport dual cameras, the rear shooter is only rated at 3.2mp so don’t expect much from the imaging department.
There are a lot of entry level smartphones with the same specs in the market right now, but there aren’t that many that can compete well in terms of pricing. For an international brand, the ZTE Blade C is actually priced very competitively. Pinoy smartphone buyers who want decent specs and warranty support may want to take a long hard look at ZTE’s latest offering.
ZTE Blade C Specs
- 4 inch WVGA display (480 x 800, 233ppi)
- 1GHz dual core MediaTek MT6577 processor
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 512Mb RAM
- 4Gb ROM, expandable up to 32Gb via micro SD
- 3.2mp rear camera, VGA front camera
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- GPS with A-GPS support
- 1,600mAh battery
- Price: Php4,290