Amazing ZTE Blade V7 Max is here to roll you out!

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I have been using the Blade V7 Max for about a week. And
within that one week, I find that the Blade V7 Max is a breeze to use. The
sharp 5.5″
FHD IPS screen is a beauty to look at. And the look of the phone is no doubt a
head turner. I have people giving me a double take just to see what phone I was
holding. Yes, it does have a similar look to the latest iPhone. Hence the
double take.
Having said that, the V7 Max is something that anyone would
like to have if they’re looking for something fancy that won’t maxed up their
spending. When I first held the V7 Max in my hand, I was in awe. At one glance,
it does look like the new iPhone. It looks and feels like a flagship. At only
7.2mm thickness with rounded edges, the V7 Max feels good in my hand. But to
some people, it may not be that grippy.
Inside the box, you’ll get the usual stuffs. The Blade V7
Max unit, charger, manuals, a pin to open the SIM slot, earphone, and the USB
Type-C interface.

Looking at the overall design of the Blade V7 Max feels like
a premium phone. The all metal body feels solid without any squeaking lose
parts, which is now a norm for an all metal phone.
The fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the
phone, just under the power button. It may look thin and small but the sensor
can read your fingerprint really quick. On paper, it says that it will take
about 0.4 seconds to read your fingerprint and unlock the phone. I’d say it’s
true. As soon as I placed my finger there, the phone unlocks almost immediately.
On rare occasions, it will misread my fingerprint. Maybe because I pressed my
finger on the sensor too hard. You just need to touch it lightly, no need to
press like it’s a button.
Do you know that you can use the fingerprint sensor for many
other functions? Those who love taking selfies, you just need to touch the
sensor to snap a picture. You can also use it as a scroller when you’re reading
a web page. Swipe downwards to scroll down and swipe up to scroll up. You can
also touch it to answer a call and to unlock any encrypted files stored in the
On the left side of the phone is the SIM slot and the volume
up-down button. At the top, you’ll see the hole for the standard 3.5mm
headphone jack (so you don’t need to drill a hole), while at the bottom are the
Type-C USB interface, microphone and speaker holes. At the front bottom side is
the capacitive touch home button and configurable back/menu buttons on either
sides which will lid up during use.
The back of the phone looks simple and clean. Rear camera is
located at the top left side of the back and the obvious dual tone LED flash
below it with ZTE logo smack right in the center. Also a fine print that reads,
“Designed by ZTE in Munich, Assembled in China”. The back is really smooth, sometimes
can be too slippery. So be careful where you place your V7 Max in future.

System and Performance
Now lets dig in deeper into the internal parts.
The Blade V7 Max comes pre-installed with Android 6.0
Marshmallow right out-of-the-box. The year old OS performs well on the V7 Max
with overall usage is above average most of the time. Above average here means
that it does not lag nor hang from time to time. Scrolling through pages or
screen is buttery smooth. Opening an app took just a few seconds and running
multiple apps in the background seems like an easy job for the V7 Max without
utilising much of the RAM.
A little intro about the CPU used in the V7 Max. MediaTek
Helios P10 is a “mid-range” processor made by MediaTek. It has a total of eight
cores clocking at 1.8GHz each. The Helios P10 is said to perform well during
hard usages such as playing games or video processing. Comes with fast LTE
network technology and improved HiFi sound system, hence why the V7 Max has the
DTS audio feature. Coupled that with 3GB of RAM, you got one gentle beast right
With that kind of hardware, I did a little benchmark test
with Antutu.
A total score of 47800 is not bad, but can be better. Like I
said, the Blade V7 Max is a gentle beast. The score placed the V7 Max in
between Meizu’s MX5 and M3 Note. Playing games like Temple Run on the V7 Max is
smooth, no lags or whatsoever. So don’t let the score fooled you.
Below are the UX design that you will get with your Blade V7
Max. The whole system is easy to use and navigate. Icons are big and rounded.
This phone is hassle free, anyone and everyone can use it. Only difference
between this interface and the standard Vanilla Android is that it doesn’t come
with an app drawer. So every apps you install will be in the main screen.
I am happy with the overall performance of the Blade V7 Max.
Screen is bright and sharp. The phone itself is slim and fits nicely in my
jeans pocket. Very responsive on touch, therefore typing on the on-screen
keyboard is a breeze. Speaker is loud and clear. All good…very good. And the
camera, well…that’s another story. Yes I know, majority of consumers today are
looking at camera and photo qualities when deciding to buy a phone.
Camera and Photography
One of the most important function that people are looking
for in a smartphone is the camera. Please, don’t deny it. In the current era of
social media, you would love to share every moment in your life on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram. Especially Instagram. Not forgetting Snapchat, which is now
gaining popularity among Malaysians. And to use that, you’ll need a good
The front facing camera is located at the top left side of
the phone. If you’re wondering what’s that black dot above the earpiece, that
is the ambiance sensor. And above you can see the rear camera in close up.
What do I think about the Blade V7 Max? Well, I think that
it has a potential to be a good mid-range phone. Large RAM and 8-core Helios
P10 SoC really helped in making the V7 Max perform well. The fingerprint sensor
is really quick to respond upon touch. Call and voice quality is good. Screen
is beautiful and bright. Colours are punchy. Not forgetting that the phone
looks good too.

For a mid-range phone, I think the Blade V7 Max can easily
outmatch most of its rivals. Game play is smooth. But those games that require
heavy GPU usage may not perform that well. After all, the Blade V7 Max is
targeted towards the mid-range users. Price for the new ZTE Blade V7 Max will
be retailed at Rs, 19,990 when it hits the market.
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