ZTE Blade V8 Pro Z978 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

ZTE Blade V8 Pro Z978 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

ZTE Blade V8 Pro Z978 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

B&H # ZTZ978 MFR # Z978
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Product Highlights

  • GSM / 4G LTE Capable
  • North American Variant
  • Dual 13MP Rear Cameras / 8MP Front
  • 2.0 GHz Octa-Core CPU
  • 32GB Storage Capacity + 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5" IPS LCD Touchscreen Display
  • FHD 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
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This device is carrier-unlocked and should work fully with the carriers listed below with green bars. Yellow bars denote partial network coverage. A SIM card and service plan must be purchased separately. Network compatibility listed here is for reference only and does not guarantee phone compatibility.

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ZTE Z978 Overview

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Powerful multi-core performance and enhanced camera optics are combined in the black ZTE Blade V8 Pro Z978 32GB Smartphone. This handset incorporates 3GB of RAM and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset with a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 506 GPU. For storage purposes, this device features a 32GB internal capacity, which can be expanded by up to 128GB by inserting a microSD card into the second SIM card slot.

At the front of the device, a 5.5" 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS LCD display is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D curved edges. For photo capturing and video chatting, this smartphone features an 8MP front camera and dual 13MP rear cameras for variable depth of field. Phase-detection autofocus is also built-in, and the dual LED flash helps you take pictures and videos in low-light environments.

This 4G LTE smartphone has Bluetooth 4.2 with NFC for pairing with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi for high-speed Internet connectivity. A fingerprint reader on the front of the phone provides convenience and security, letting you unlock your phone with a swipe of your finger. For rich audio performance, an AKM DAC is onboard, as is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Axon Pro has a 3140mAh battery with QuickCharge 2.0 that can be quickly replenished with Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0-compatible charger.

Dual Rear Cameras
The Blade V8 Pro features a pair of 13MP cameras on its back, enabling you to capture images with deep depth of field to capture every part of an image or simulate shallow depth of field for limited focus and dramatic bokeh effects.
Dual cameras also permit the Blade V8 Pro to increase its shutter speed, so you can better capture fast-moving people and objects. Adjustable aperture settings let you customize your photos before and after you edit them, and the dual-LED flash has seven levels of brightness.
The rear-facing cameras are capable of 4K UHD video capture, while the 8MP camera at the front of the device records Full HD (1080p) video.
GSM / 4G LTE Wireless Connectivity
This phone is designed to work on select GSM networks and is 4G LTE capable. LTE is an advanced cellular network data protocol capable of data speeds so fast that they compete with wired broadband internet providers. With an LTE connection, this phone should have no problem streaming HD video, downloading apps, uploading photos, or anything else that requires a high-speed data connection. The phone is also backwards compatible with 3G and 2G data for instances when you can't get LTE. In addition to cellular wireless, this phone also features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Note: Not compatible with all cellular networks. Please make sure your provider uses a frequency or band that this phone supports. You can check which bands this phone works with in the Specifications.
North American Variant / US Compatible LTE
The Z978 is a US variant of the Blade V8 Pro. The Z978's LTE radio is tuned to frequencies that are most often used in the United States and North America. It can also be used in other parts of the world; however, LTE access may be limited or unsupported, depending on the network. To ensure this phone will work with your carrier please check to make sure the frequencies your carrier uses are supported by this phone. The full list of compatible carrier frequencies can be found here, the frequencies this phone supports can be found in the product specs.
Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) allows you to lower your mobile costs when traveling while staying connected. Once your SIM cards are installed, you will be able to receive phone calls and text messages from either without needing to manually choose which one is active. When you want to make a call or send an SMS message, you can select the correct SIM card. When one SIM card is being used for a phone call, the other will not be active until you hang up. Operator charges may apply.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
The Android operating system integrates heavily with Google's services. Using the card-based Google Now, Android quickly surfaces information for you whenever you need it, powered by the same Knowledge Engine that runs Google's web search. It's a personalized and customizable OS, allowing you to add your favorite apps or widgets to your homescreen. You can even download new themes using the Google Play Store, which offers access to more than one million apps, games, books, music, movies, and more. Android 6.0 Marshmallow overhauls permissions, allowing you to have finer control over what your applications have access to. It also marks the debut of Now on Tap, a context-sensitive update to Google Now that checks your current screen for keywords and then searches for them automatically. Other performance and security enhancements are included as well.

ZTE Z978 Specs

Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Memory 3 GB
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
CPU 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex A53 Octa-Core
Coprocessor None
GPU Adreno 506
Storage 32 GB
Size 5.5"
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Display Colors 16.0 Million
Pixel Density 401 ppi
Display Technology IPS-Type LCD
Screen Coating Gorilla Glass 3
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 1 x USB 2.0 - Type C
Audio 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone
1 x Integrated Speaker
Flash Media Slot 1 x microSDXC
SIM Card Size Card 1: Nano
Card 2: Nano
GSM 2G GSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
GSM 3G/3.5G UMTS, HSPA+: 850, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
4G LTE LTE: 2, 4, 5, 7, 12 Bands
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 + LE 
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, Proximity
Keyboard Virtual
Battery Internal Lithium-Ion (3140.0 mAh)
Fast Charging Technology Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Wireless Charging Technology None
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.0 x 6.1 x 0.4" / 77.0 x 156.0 x 9.1 mm
Weight 6.53 oz / 185 g
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Package Weight 1.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 3.6 x 2.1"

ZTE Z978 Reviews

Blade V8 Pro Z978 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fatal Flaw I love the hardware of this phone. It's beautiful. It takes great pictures. The screen is beautiful. The phone feels great in hand and feels like a premium phone. The battery life is amazing... BUT, this has a known software issue. ZTE has yet to fix it's aggressive ram manager. Once the screen is off and is not awakened, apps will auto-close after 15-20 minutes. Meaning if you want to listen to Pandora without playing on your phone, it will shut down mid song and not come back to the song you were on. If you want to track any exercise past 15 minutes, you can't. If you go to the ZTE forums, many phones have this issue. Hoping ZTE upgrades this phone with Nougat and the issue is fixed. The lesser Blade V8 is shipping with Nougat, not sure why this phone gets Android 6. Heavily considering returning this phone.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value and amazing battery life! Everything works as it should and battery life is absolutely the best. Over 10 hours of screen time? That's unheard of in a smartphone, that's like the battery life of a iPad tablet. My 2015 Volkswagen radio is very picky with certain phones and Bluetooth metadata doesn't work with about 1 out of 3 phones I've had. Not with this one, it works brilliantly with my stock VW radio, so happy about that. User interface is great, phone works very swiftly with everything I threw at it, the camera is pretty good for being a entry level phone. The only thing I'd ding it for is the somewhat weak built-in speakers, they have no body to the sound and very shallow and tinny sounds.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wife's Birthday gift Bought this for my wife for her birthday and she absolutely loves it! Battery life is beyond amazing, call quality and signal strength are great (we live in a rural area), music sounds awesome in the vehicle and through headsets, no lag whatsoever, just an overall great phone for the price. I have seen complaints about the external speaker being soft or not loud but I must say that's not the case with this unit, the speaker is loud and clear with depth. I like this phone so much I decided to get myself one. Just a phenomenal device for the price! And a shout out to B&H, the phone was shipped out within 2hrs of placing the order, which I found amazing. Overall, a totally satisfied customer with the product and B&H!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Midrange Smart Phone The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is great phone for its price. I've not had any issues with apps running slow, the fingerprint sensor is fast to recognize my fingerprint, and the camera takes awesome still pictures. I've yet to try recording a video. The ONLY negative I've come across so far is the speaker volume is on the low side. Bluetooth audio is better then the Note 5 I ditched for this phone. It gets two thumbs up from me.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot beat this phone for the price I bought for my wife after she broke hers. Told her I would just test it a few days for her and make sure it was 'a quality phone'. Well...... we're going to have to get her another one because this one is staying with me!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for buck I picked this phone due to having an efficient processor and pretty good size battery. Battery after a week's worth of use is phenomenal. I've never used a ZTE phone before but I don't really have any complaints at the time. Hopefully nougat will come relatively soon. Software seems pretty good but not use why the Android OS is always using over a gig of memory
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Screen failed Liked the phone to begin with but in less than 30 days the screen went black - restarting, charging, nothing showed on screen. ZTE said send it in, 10 days to repair. Contacted B&H and since it was under 30 days, they said I could send it in for replacement. Just received new phone yesterday... will see how long this one lasts. 1 star for ZTE but 5 stars for B&H!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very strong contender for best budget smartphone Pros: -Great battery life -Good Photos -Fast processor -Bright screen -Fast fingerprint reader Cons: -Shipped with last year's OS -Battery conserving settings can be overbearing -Speaker is quiet even at full volume It hit all of the requirements for a great phone, the Cons can be overlooked at this price point.
Date published: 2017-03-13
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