ZTE is a Chinese multinational that makes telecom equipment and software to run the hardware and smartphones. They have been trying to make it big in the Indian market trying to duplicate the success of Xiaomi, OnePlus and even Vivo to some extent. The company had launched Nubia Z11 and N1 last year in December for Indian customers and we reviewed the Nubia Z11 Mini before that.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

So without further ado, let us see if the Blade A2 Plus has what it takes to be the new budget favourite.

Build and Design: 7/10

ZTE Blade A2 Plus comes with a dull and unimpressive design with nothing new to offer. One thing to note is that the device does feel solid and sturdy. The front of the smartphone has the 5.5-inch display with IPS LCD panel. The bottom houses a circular icon to signify the capacitive home button with the back button on the left and multi-tasking button to the right. The orientation of the buttons can be changed from the settings menu.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

The top of the front houses the front camera, speaker grill and proximity sensor. The power button is located on the right side of the device a little towards the top from the middle with the volume rocker towards the top.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

The SIM tray is located towards the top on the left side of the smartphone. Blade A2 Plus comes with a metal back that can’t be removed with plastic portions towards the top and bottom of the metal back.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

The rear side sports the fingerprint sensor towards the top middle portion just below the camera and LED Flash module.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

One significant part about the fingerprint sensor in this phone is the ability to customise the functionality of the smartphone. The fingerprint scanner comes with a clickable button to enable additional functions like gestures to see photos, take screenshots, selfies and other things like navigating the gallery.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

Last but not the least, the smartphone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top side of the smartphone along with a microUSB port for charging and file transfer.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

The phone also sports the main speaker grill for the smartphone on the bottom side.

Features: 6/10

ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor clocked at 1.5GHz and a Mali-T860 GPU. It comes with 4GB RAM along with 32GB internal storage and Android Marshmallow 6.0 out of the box. If you are running out of storage space then you can add a microSD card up to 64GB in the second SIM slot. A2 Plus packs a 5.5-inch Full-HD IPS LCD display with an effective resolution of 1080×1920 at 401ppi display density covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for additional protection.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

ZTE has added a 13MP camera module along with LED flash on the back. This camera module is capable of shooting video at 1080p resolution at 30fps. In addition, the phone sports an 8MP camera module on the front.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

Blade A2 Plus is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS, microUSB v2.0 port with fast-charging support depending on the max current supplied by the adapter and USB On-The-Go support. The smartphone also provides 3.5mm headphone jack on the top side of the smartphone and FM Radio support along with Dual (one normal Nano SIM slot and the second one which is a hybrid SIM slot where you can either insert a Nano SIM or a microSD card at any given time) SIM slots.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

The company has added Fingerprint sensor on the rear side of the smartphone right below the camera module. You get a 5000mAh lithium-ion non-removable battery.

Display: 6/10

ZTE Blade A2 Plus has a respectable 5.5-inch Full-HD display with an effective resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with 401ppi pixel density. The display has an IPS LCD capacitive display which is not as amazing on paper but the display seems to hold on its own during daily usage. The screen is reflective and you will face discomfort while working in direct sunlight and will need to re-adjust or go into a shaded region.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

The LCD IPS display provides decent viewing angles despite seeming a bit dim in terms of brightness when viewed from sides. But overall, I had a good time while reading, web browsing, gaming or watching videos on the display. The colours, contrast and vibrancy of the display were fairly decent at all times. There is no special mode for outdoors and I wish that ZTE had added something for the direct-in-sun workflow which could make working easier.

Publish date: February 3, 2017 4:58 pm| Modified date: February 3, 2017 5:40 pm

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