ZTE is announcing two new phones in its mid-range Blade line: the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite. The more interesting of the two is the Blade V7, which has a full-metal design that's quite attractive, if a bit derivative of other smartphones. It has a 5.2-inch, 1080p display with curved glass edges and a 78.2-percent body to screen ratio for easier one-handed use. The V7 is powered by an octacore Mediatek chip and has 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
The Blade V7 Lite is a lower-specced device, with a 5-inch, 720p display and lacks the full-metal body of the V7. It's powered by a quad-core processor and has an 8-megapixel main camera. But it gains a fingerprint sensor, which the V7 does not have. Both phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
ZTE says the Blade V7 will arrive this summer in Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico, while the Blade V7 Lite will hit stores in the spring in Russia, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and Thailand. ZTE does not have any current plans to bring the devices to the US.