Almost every major, and some minor, OEM has some nearly bezel-less phone with an 18:9 screen, varying in resolution, size, and the amount of bezels around it. One hold out is ZTE, but that changes with the revelation of the new ZTE Blade V9. But while this phones does indeed make the transition to that new aspect ratio, it seems that ZTE might have shaved off other aspects of the device to keep costs down.
ZTE almost had bezel-less and 18:9 displays. The nubia Z17s was the closest, but it fell a few pixels short with its 2040×1080 resolution, giving it an unusual 17:9 aspect ratio. It was, however, a premium smartphone both outside and inside.
The ZTE Blade V9, in contrast, is a mid-range device with some admittedly high-end specs. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, at least one of the most recent chips. That 5.7-inch 18:9 screen only goes Full HD+. In other words, 2160×1080. The base configuration has only 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It also only has a micro USB port.
It might be a bit disappointing, but it isn’t a complete loss. Memory configurations include, at most, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The dual cameras on the back combine a 16 megapixel PDAF sensor with a 5 megapixel fixed focus camera, with an f/1.8 lens. And the 3,200 mAh battery is pretty massive for its range.
The ZTE Blade V9 has so far only been spotted in the Spanish market. Given ZTE’s usual flair, it will eventually roll out to other countries as well. Except the US, of course.