ZTE, after launching its premium smartphone dubbed Axon in the US, on Wednesday launched its mid-range ZTE Blade D6 in the ongoing Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015. Also unveiled was the ZTE SmartHome platform. The smartphone's price is not yet known, however, the firm has mentioned the handset will reach Australia, Russia, and Japan "over the next few months", followed by other regions.
The dual-SIM dual standby supporting ZTE Blade D6 design profile resembles that of the iPhone 6 Plus. The smartphone also uses a high-grade aluminum 6013 alloy body and runs its own Android 5.0 Lollipop-based MiFavor 3.2 UI on top. It houses a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) resolution IPS display and is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6735 processor. The processor is supported by 2GB of RAM and ARM Mali-T720 GPU, which comes as a part of the SoC.
The ZTE Blade D6 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED true-tone flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which has an 88-degree wide-angle lens. Users would also have a bunch of pre-installed photography features such as beautification options, a smile shutter function, high definition continuous shooting and auto panorama and more. The smartphone's 16GB inbuilt storage is also expandable via microSD card (unspecified limit). The 4G LTE-enabled device includes Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity options.
Backed by a 2200mAh battery, the ZTE Blade D6 is 6.95mm thin and weighs 120 grams. The handset houses a '3 in 2' tray holder, which can take a Micro-SIM along with a Nano-SIM together. The Nano-SIM slot doubles as a microSD card slot as well. The smartphone will be available in Pink, Gold, Silver, and Grey colour variants.
ZTE at MWC Shanghai also announced its ZTE SmartHome platform, which would help users connect with everyday use home devices like light switches, baby monitors and more. The users would be able to connect using an app with wireless protocol, ZigBee, and as well as 4G LTE connections.
"We're delighted to unveil both our first ever smart home gateway and the latest rendition in our affordable premium Blade series at this year's Mobile World Congress Shanghai," said Adam Zeng, CEO, ZTE Mobile Device during the launch. "The smart home revolution is fast upon us, and our strong track record in R&D has allowed us to deliver an innovative product to support this emerging trend."