CHINESE PHONE MAKER ZTE launched the Blade V smartphone on Monday, a cheap quad-core handset for Virgin Media.
Set to cost just £71.99 when it joins Virgin Media's pay as you go lineup on 4 September, or £89.99 if purchased online, the ZTE Blade V is one of the cheapest quad-core phones on the market. Virgin Media has yet to announce whether it will be available on pay monthly tariffs.
The handset has a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB RAM and a 4in 480x800 IPS touchscreen.
As you'd probably expect in such an affordable handset, the ZTE Blade V doesn't run the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, and instead features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. By the looks of things, the handset will have an only lightly skinned version of Android, with ZTE doing little to tweak it.
The ZTE Blade V also has a 5MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, 4GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 3G and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 40 and a 1,800mAh battery.
Jamie Heywood, director of mobile at Virgin Media said, "With a powerful quad-core chipset under the bonnet, the ZTE Blade V is ideal for people who want to lead a data-powered lifestyle and easily capture, store and share content on the go.
"By combining it with our VIP SIM Only deal, which gives you unlimited data, texts and minutes for just £15 per month, customers can reap the benefits of this slick smartphone without spending a fortune."
The ZTE Blade V will be available from Virgin Media both online and in stores from 4 September. µ
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