ZTE Blade 11 Prime offers an excellent feature in phones that are basically priced under US$200: wireless charging.
In the trick economy of smart phones, basically all flagship phones can guarantee wireless charging, but wireless charging is still a complete failure in mid-range phones, and there is almost no budget category. Compared with wireless charging, it is more likely to find a battery on a phone under $200.
In addition to this feature, the specifications of the Blade 11 Prime, which costs $192, are basically the same as those of competing models such as the Galaxy A1
Choosing a phone that costs less than $500 means you need to choose your priorities carefully, and this is especially true for a phone that costs $200. If wireless charging is your first choice, then I have good news: ZTE Blade 11 Prime is a low-cost mobile phone for you. If this is not the main priority, but more superior choice, then I suggest you look elsewhere.You can’t do a lot of Better performance in any single function, such as a better screen or camera, but you can small better one.
ZTE Blade 11 Prime screen, battery and performance
Blade 11 Prime has a bigger side, equipped with a 6.5-inch display. Here, its 720p resolution has been stretched a bit, and if you look closely, you will find that some images look a bit pixelated. The screen became bright and beautiful, but its automatic brightness setting reduced the level so much that I didn’t like it too much. I also noticed the vaguely repeated vertical lines on the dark parts of the screen, indicating that the panel is of poor quality-not a big distraction, but visible.
It does not have the largest battery in its class, but the battery performance of the Blade 11 is generally good. I have no electricity for about two days, and I can almost use Wi-Fi on a single charge. Spending a whole day on LTE will consume the battery faster, but most people may want to recharge after at least a whole day of heavy use.
The marquee function of Blade 11 Prime, namely wireless charging, can work well if it is a little slower; the phone supports 5W Qi charging. It takes almost two hours to go from a 50% full charge to a full charge. During this time, the phone gets hot, but it is not worrying. As long as you don’t want amazing speed, wireless charging on Blade 11 Prime is a convenient option, especially if you are the kind of person who charges your phone all night.
We don’t want the $200 mobile phone to have the dizzying processing speed, but even considering its price, the price of the ZTE Blade 11 Prime will drop. It uses the MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22 chipset with relatively healthy 4GB RAM, but this combination is difficult to cope with even in lightweight tasks such as scrolling on Instagram or Twitter.
The application opened fast enough, but when browsing my usual social media timeline or scrolling in the home screen application drawer, there was a noticeable pause and hesitation. Within this price range, some slowdown is expected, but there has not been such a consistent pause in recent use of Motorola Moto G Play.
ZTE Blade 11 Prime was released with Android 11, which is great-some of its more recent competitors are still waiting for the updated 10. ZTE said that it does not plan to provide any other Android OS upgrades, but plans to provide security patches as needed. Considering the price of mobile phones, this is not surprising. The service life of Blade 11 Prime is not long. There is also 64GB of built-in storage space, not much. If you have not downloaded too many applications or stored too many photos on your device, you can easily solve it, otherwise, it is a good idea to add a microSD card for additional storage when purchasing.
ZTE Blade 11 Prime camera
The rear camera system on the Blade 11 Prime includes a 16-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide display, as well as a 2-megapixel depth sensor. This is a basic setting and works well under good lighting conditions. Compared to other systems I have used recently, it is easier to crop the highlights in the photo, but it does a good job overall under high-contrast scene exposures. Under moderate indoor lighting, you can see some smooth noise reduction effects, and low-light photos look dirty even when the size of the image for social sharing is reduced.
As for other cameras, they are just fine. Ultra-wide lenses cannot handle high-contrast scenes like the main camera, and some obvious noise will appear in the shadows. There is a short delay after pressing the shutter button before you can take other photos that did not exist when using the main camera. Fortunately, the selfie camera prevents the face from being too smooth, and as long as there is enough available light, the photo looks good.
If you have a strict budget and must perform wireless charging, then ZTE Blade 11 Prime will be your ideal choice. However, if you can work without wireless charging, I strongly recommend that you look elsewhere. In the long run, if you want to perform basic tasks to improve performance, it will cause more inconvenience than having to plug in your phone every night to charge it.
If you can spend more money, then this year’s Motorola Moto G Power will be a worthy choice. You will get a faster processor and longer battery life, although you should definitely plan to purchase a microSD card to supplement its insignificant 32GB of storage space. Even if the processor used is a bit slower than the G Power processor, G Play is also a good choice.
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