ZTE has had a rough week. It got slammed with a 7-year ban that prevents it from getting components and software from American companies. That means no Qualcomm chips in its devices and possibly no Google services too for the duration of the ban.
One of its upcoming devices, the Blade V9 which was launched at this year’s MWC has appeared on TENAA which means it should launch in China and go on sale soon.
The device is listed on TENAA as the ZTE V0900. It has a 5.7” 2160 x 1080 display which gives it an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor which is the Snapdragon 450 mobile platform.
The ZTE V9 will be available in 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB RAM variants with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of storage. On its rear is a 16MP sensor paired with another 5MP sensor while the front camera is an 8MP sensor.
The phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and pack a 3,100mAh battery. It will also have support for a MicroSD card, have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and be available in Black, Blue, and Gold.
All these specs are impressive for a mid-range device but the big question is if the device will go on sale.
It is almost two months since it was first announced at MWC along with a less-powerful version called the Blade V9 Vita. Since it was announced before the ban, it may go on sale without any hitch. However, the Blade V9′ page on ZTE’s official website has been taken down. We do not know if it was taken down before the ban or after.
Nevertheless, if the Blade V9 will go on sale, it appears China will be the first country to receive it.