ZTE Singapore will be having an exclusive flash Blade L2 sale on Lazada. For 12 hours only (10am – 10pm), Blade L2 will be sold at S$149. It is priced aggressively in comparison to the similar Redmi / Redmi 1S. How does ZTE Blade L2 compare to the Redmi 1S? Read on to find out.
ZTE Blade L2 sports a large 5-inch display and quad-core processor for the small price tag of $149, or $169 for the normal SRP. Specs as follows:
- 5″ screen
- 8.95mm thick
- Android 4.4 Kit Kat
- Quad Core 1.3 GHz
- WiFi and Bluetooth
- 5MP camera
- Micro SD Slot
- Dual SIM
The specifications listed on Lazada look good at initial glance, but there might be some discrepancies to note. Online specs indicate that the L2 comes with a 480 x 854 screen at 5 inches. This is also evident on ZTE’s own website. That is extremely low resolution compared to other similar phones, e.g. Redmi comes with 720 x 1280. However, Lazada website indicates that it runs on a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. Hopefully they will respond to my Facebook comment. I suspect the phone comes with the 480 x 854 spec and if so, that’s quite a disadvantage. The pixels would be rather obvious. Not to mention that everything would appear large as well due to the upscaling effect of the pixel size.
One plus point would be that the Singapore version comes with Android 4.4. Android 4.4 offers improved software benefits to performance and battery life – especially for the low-powered budget phones.
As part of the bargain pricing, do not expect luxuries such as NFC, 4G or WiFi-AC. Same for the Redmi. On the other hand, the Blade L2 chose to forego Bluetooth 4.0 and it comes with Bluetooth 3.0 only so if you are looking to pair with any of the latest wearable – take note! I must remember that this is a budget phone though.
The front camera is only 0.3 MP. That’s absolutely rubbish. Selfies would not turn out so good on this phone – even video calls may just be barely passable.
The processor is the Cortex-A7 as the original Redmi, but clocked slightly slower at 1.3 Ghz. It should work decently, taking into consideration that it is driving a lower resolution screen. Online tests indicate that the ZTE Blade L2 1.3GHz quad-core and 1gb of ram scores 1191 which is pretty decent. For comparison, the Redmi Note and Asus Zenfone 6 clocked 1264 and 2033 respectively.
The internal battery is non-removable. Most other phones would incorporate a flush non-removable back but ZTE allows the casing to be pried open, which underneath is the non-removable battery and access to the SIM and microSD slots.
Overall, a simple budget phone – but for $20 more, the Redmi 1S offers higher resolution, replaceable battery, faster speed, more internal memory. I would easily recommend the Redmi 1S over the ZTE Blade L2.