We’ve all been expecting some quad-core magic from ZTE ever since MWC back in February, but old habits die hard, don’t they? There’s no sure sign of a high-ender coming soon from the Chinese OEM, but there’s a new ZTE mid-range (or low-end?) device on the horizon.
The Blade 3 has popped up at Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa basically out of nowhere. According to the Nordic online store, it should start shipping in no more than four weeks. It’s a little bizarre to spot an unannounced phone online like this, but we have no reason to think the listing isn’t legit. Verkkokauppa is after all the second largest electronics retailer in Finland, and they also have three pics of the phone that look real, as well as the device’s supposed full spec sheet.
Assuming that this isn’t one of the most elaborate hoaxes ever, the Blade 3 doesn’t look very exciting, being powered by a rather modest 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon S1 CPU. The 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen does come with a decent enough 800 x 480 pixels resolution, but it’s still too little to make up for the proc’s shortcomings and the 512 MB of RAM.
The 200 MB of on-board storage is downright laughable, while the 1,600 mAh battery is itself not that great. Then again, you should be happy to know that the Blade 3 is set to run Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, and to feature a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, a microSD memory card slot with SDHC support, GPS, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and microUSB 2.0.
As for its design, the ZTE Blade 3 looks quite familiar, although we can’t go as far as to say it copies a particular phone’s look. Instead, it seems to take some “cues” from both HTC and Samsung. That said, the 4-incher is rather elegant, with a slim profile and not very much bulkiness (10.9 mm thickness and 113 grams).
The ZTE Blade 3 can be pre-ordered in Finland through this link and will cost €199.90 upon its release, if we are to trust Verkkokauppa’s listing. Then again, there is one particular detail that makes us doubt the reliability of the retailer’s info. It thus seems that the first listing had the Blade 3 with a 3.5-inch display. But after Fone Arena tracked some early rumors about it, as well as a couple of other listings in Norway, Sweden and Denmark that pointed towards a larger 4-inch screen, Verkkokauppa quickly changed that detail on the company’s website. That doesn’t look like the work of a very professional retailer, now does it?
Whether it will go on sale in Finland or not, we shall see soon enough and we will keep you posted on every new detail we happen to hear about the ZTE Blade 3’s availability in Northern Europe, but also in other markets across the globe. Do watch out for updates.