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ZTE Blade A711 Review




After the announcement that the ZTE Blade A711 (internationally known as Blade X9) will be available in the Philippines, we managed to get our busy hands on a demo unit from Lazada.  It has attracted some serious attention from potential buyers due to its set of nice features like a fingerprint sensor and an all-metal body for a good asking price. How well do all these features perform? Read our full review of the device.

Design and Construction

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The Blade A711 sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with some noticeable bezels around the panel. As a usual setup for smartphones, we have the speaker for calls up top and they are flanked by sensors and the 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video chats. The device has rounded corners which is dictated by a thin plate-like frame surrounding the screen.

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It employs three capacitive buttons namely Options, Home, and Back. The Home button has an LED light that helps when you’re using the phone in the dark. It also adds a nice aesthetic touch with its glowing blue hue that glows when the phone is charging or when someone messages you.

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The upper right side of the handset is where all the physical buttons are grouped together. Here we have the volume rocker just above the power/lock screen button. Additionally, the Blade A711 has an average thickness of 8.6mm.

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At the back, we have the eye-catching 13-megapixel shooter outlined by another blue accent. We noticed that this part protrudes and is a bit off-putting and distracts from the elegant build it’s got going on. The rear shooter is accompanied by a single LED flash for capturing photos in low-lit areas. Also prevalent on the rear is the built-in fingerprint sensor which has a chrome trimming and hints a classy touch.

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Down below, we see the lonesome speaker grill situated under the company’s branding. We commend the logo having been engraved instead of simply being printed. This results in a more premium look in general.

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At the top left is where the dual SIM tray resides. Just like the other smartphones today, the SIM 2 slot also acts as the expansion for memory thru a microSD card.

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At 160 grams, the smartphone isn’t that lightweight but handles just right when you use it. The smooth metal back feels good to the touch, but makes the device a bit slippery. Its overall form factor and ergonomics aren’t something new, so users who have previously handled a 5.5-inch phablet will feel familiar with the Blade A711.

Next page: Display and Multimedia, Camera, and OS, UI, and Apps

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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17 Responses

  1. Easy E says:

    Not for gaming? Wait for user reviews nalang. Second wave na bibili.

  2. Sir how about the led flash of the back camera? any sample pic with out any light source except sa led flash.. mga 1 – 2 meters away from the object..

  3. My name is Potato says:

    Saw some feedback that its plagued with issues and severe batt drain?

    • Easy E says:

      Page 3:
      “Regarding software bugs such as randomly shutting down, ZTE says that they have already fixed the issue before sending the stocks here in the Philippines. True enough, we didn’t experience any app crashing or anything of that sort. Another issue that users in different countries were complaining about was the temperature of the device getting really high. During our entire time with the Blade A711, the only part where it got warm (but not too warm) was when we ran the benchmarks. It even kept its cool during our battery test that had the device playing videos for hours.”

  4. RCB says:

    no scratch-resistant glass?

  5. sabi daw sa ibang review ay washed out ng konti ang color ng screen , okay speakers, average battery life , not always working ang fingerprint scanner , kinda laggy sa recent apps , okay camera but not great at not for graphics intensive games just for casual games……

  6. abuzalzal says:

    Better to avoid these ”patapon” Snapdragons (SD810, SD615) para iwas sakit ulo.
    Sana Mediatek Hexa na lang yung kinabit

    • archie says:

      Hay naku may masabi lang ang batang qalang pambili. Old news na ang issues about sd 810 at 615. Subukan mong gumamit ng samsung a8 yun e kung papapasukin ka sa mall.

    • Yani. says:

      Snapdragons gains much hotter than mtk pero mas matibay sila more than mtk.

  7. archie says:

    I’m impressed para sa 7690 price tapos naka snapdragon 615 na. Sana dalhin din ng zte sa pinas yung flagships na axon series.

  8. Leomark says:

    May Scratch-resistant glass ba ang screen nito?

  9. Xtian says:

    Waiting for your review before release sa Lazada,.thanks!

    • Xtian says:

      Specially about sa battery performance,. Hoping to buy this product kasi ganda ng specs for a 7k phone,.waiting for Lazada release product review

  10. IMCarmelo says:

    Bakit po mabilis at madalasag init upper part ng device. Minsan, kahit nagchacharge lang to think nasa baba yung charge port. Or, kahit music playing lang, nag iinit na. Natatakot na ako. Do we have remedy on this concern? THANKS

  11. JOHN says:

    PANU PO GINAGAWA NYO PAG HINDI NA UNLOCK UNG SCREEN PURO BLINK LNG

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