ZTE Blade 20 Smart review: an inexpensive smartphone with amazingly good camera and performance
We study the strengths and weaknesses of one of the most interesting mid-budget smartphones
Three things are amazing to infinity, the starry sky above our heads, the moral law inside us and the fact that you can finally buy a NORMAL smartphone – with good hardware, a camera and a capacious battery, without giving away crazy thousands. And this – which is even more surprising – there will not necessarily be a smartphone of the company with a name on H or X. But it, of course, will be a Chinese smartphone, here let us go without illusions.
Today we will get to know the ZTE Blade 20 Smart, carefully study it outside and inside, and how to torment it to understand how ZTE managed to shove so much into a smartphone, and ask for so little?
Design and build features
Dimensions: 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 193.8 grams
Body colors: green, black-red
Case Material: Plastic
Connector: USB Type-C
SIM card slot: combined
3.5 mm jack: yes
Let’s start with an interesting body color. We got a ZTE Blade 20 Smart with a gradient in which the black color of the back surface is replaced by red. The volume rocker and the power button are also different colors, and it looks very harmonious.
The ZTE Blade 20 Smart has a bright LED event indicator. It is located in the upper right part of the front side, it is clearly visible despite its small size. During charging, the indicator lights up in red, and when missed notifications – blinks green.
The camera unit hardly sticks out, and the smartphone lies flat on a hard surface. If you put the smartphone on the table, then clicking on the screen will not lead to the rocking of the smartphone.
The fingerprint scanner is located at a comfortable distance from the cameras, so your fingers get where you need to. The scanner itself is significantly recessed into the body, but the edges of the recessed area are not too pleasant to the touch due to the fact that they are not quite smooth.
We did not sacrifice the connectors, so the user can use not only the Type-C port for charging, but also a mini-jack (3.5 mm) for connecting wired headphones.
The plastic of which the case is made is not of the best quality, and with at least some strong squeezing, the case begins to crackle in some places, which is unpleasant. This problem is also noted by some users on the forums, so it’s impossible to attribute it to the feature of the test instance.
Another fakap is the glossy surface of plastic. Fingerprints remain clearly visible on the smartphone, and you can’t call the device slippery, so you can safely recommend using a cover that will cover the previously mentioned drawback in the form of a crispy case. Only now in the delivery package there was no cover or bumper.
The card tray is combined, that is, it can simultaneously accommodate only two nano-format SIM cards, or one SIM card and a microSD memory card.back to menu ↑
About the Blade 20 Smart Display
Matrix: 6.49 inches. S-IPS
Actual diagonal: ~ 6.35 inches (including rounded corners)
Resolution: 720 x 1560 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 19.5: 9
Maximum white brightness: 427 nits
Minimum white brightness: 11 nits
Contrast: 1932: 1
Color Temperature: 8600K
Multi-touch: 10 touches
The smartphone display has very good performance for an inexpensive smartphone. The maximum brightness is comfortable for use in the sun, and the minimum does not blind your eyes in the dark. High contrast, good anti-glare properties, high-quality oleophobic coating, the complete absence of flickering of the backlight and relatively small frames – all this can be safely included in the piggy bank of the pluses of the display.
However, for a diagonal of 6.49 inches, HD + resolution may not be enough for all users, although with a low pixel density the image on the IPS matrix does not look at all as bad as on AMOLED.
The color gamut is close to the standard sRGB triangle, but the color temperature is too high, which is why the screen is a bit blue. There are no settings in the smartphone’s menu that could fix this, but, however, many users like it when cold shades prevail in the displayed image.back to menu ↑
Performance and Operating System ZTE Blade 20 Smart
Processor: 8-core Helio P60 (4 core Cortex-A73 2000 MHz, 4 core Cortex-A53 2000 MHz)
Graphics: Mali-G72 MP3
RAM: 4 GB
User memory: 128 GB
Operating System: Android 9.0
Yes, here is Mediatek. But! Iron can cope with any heavy games without any problems, except that Fortnite Mobile does not run on MediaTek processors. Despite the fact that PUBG proposed at its first launch to set the average graphics settings, the smartphone successfully pulls the game at a high level, giving out an average of 30 FPS with infrequent drawdowns. All other tasks, like games, ZTE Blade 20 Smart are easy, although you should not always rely on comfortable work at the maximum graphics settings.
In synthetic tests, the device scores a good amount of points. For a smartphone with a price of just over 10,000 rubles, it’s not shameful to get about 180,000 points in Antutu – and even vice versa, not all competitors can boast the best performance.
But the operating system saves resources too much. Initially, the OS, and this is Android 9.0, is configured in such a way that it tries to close all unused applications, including those that should work in the background, and even running games if the user has not been active in them for some time. You can change this behavior by disabling the so-called control, which is located in the battery settings, and which, as you can see from the description, serves to save battery power. The setting is actually nasty, and it can ruin the smartphone experience of an inexperienced user, so, in my opinion, it would be more logical to leave it initially turned off.
The throttling test ZTE Blade 20 Smart was also successful. There is no significant decrease in performance under loads, but only if you exclude the software used from the energy efficiency control settings, which are described in more detail a little higher. Otherwise, performance will noticeably sag.
There is no strong heating of the case when solving difficult tasks – in the upper part the device becomes warm, but everything is within normal limits.
Among the pre-installed software there are both advertising applications and games. Fortunately, all unnecessary can be removed by standard OS tools.back to menu ↑
Cameras in the ZTE Blade 20 Smart
Main camera: three lenses – f / 1.8, 16 megapixels + wide-angle f / 2.0, 8 megapixels, 120 degrees + 2 megapixel depth sensor
Front camera: f / 2.0, 13 megapixels
The ZTE Blade 20 Smart camera was pleased that even at night or in poor lighting there is not a lot of noise, except that it can not cope with the light of lanterns. Saving pictures in RAW format is available, which, if properly processed, can still improve their quality.
The wide-angle module removes noticeably worse, as it usually happens, but you should not count on high detail and the absence of blurry parts. But everything is not so bad at all to refuse to use the “width”, because it allows you to accommodate a noticeably larger number of objects in the frame.
The front camera is also good and there are no effects on the images of various enhancements that would blur the face. But if desired, these improvers can be activated, but there is no provision for any kind of flash for the front camera.
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ZTE Blade 20 Smart uptime
Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
Fast charge: supported
Spare parts included: 18 W (9 V, 2 A)
Due to the capacious battery, the smartphone in most cases will work more than a day. In HD video viewing mode at a brightness of 150 nits (or in our case it is 61% of the maximum), the device lasted 23 hours 20 minutes, and in PUBG at maximum settings you can play for about 10 hours, and these are good indicators. Not the highest screen resolution and relatively energy-efficient processor had a positive effect on the operating time.
The smartphone is fully charged in about 2 hours 27 minutes, this is a good result. The maximum power during charging did not exceed 15 watts, although this is also considered fast charging. As a result, the time being monitored smartphone charges as much as, for example, the Vivo Y19, which has the same battery capacity.back to menu ↑
Unlock Methods in ZTE Blade 20 Smart
Fingerprint Scanner: yes
Face recognition: yes
Recognition of the owner is fast and accurate. The fingerprint scanner takes about 0.4 seconds to process the data, and the front camera takes 1.3 seconds, moreover, face recognition occurs even in the dark due to the fact that the smartphone can automatically increase the backlight when necessary.
An interesting feature of the fingerprint scanner is that it can serve as an additional button. By clicking on it, you can take a picture, answer an incoming call, and also open the notification panel or a list of recent applications.back to menu ↑
Communication in ZTE Blade 20 Smart
LTE Ranges: 1,3,5,7,8,20,38
Wi-Fi: 2.4 + 5 GHz
Bluetooth: version 4.2
Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
There are no problems with communication, and two microphones provide noise reduction during telephone conversations. At the same time, the vibration power is below average, and the main speaker is average in volume, which is actually not uncommon for modern smartphones. It is interesting that the manufacturer turned off the LTE 2/26/41 frequencies, probably to save battery, but they can be easily activated in the engineering menu.
On the sensors in the ZTE Blade 20 Smart decided to save. The smartphone has standard light and proximity sensors, as well as an accelerometer, but there was no place for a gyroscope and magnetometer, which is insulting, because the smartphone is not one of the most budget ones. This means that you will have to forget about comfortable viewing 360 ° video, and when navigating it will be a little more difficult to determine the direction you want to move, and you won’t be able to use the electronic compass