(Update: available today!) ZTE Blade S6: $250 gets you Lollipop, Snapdragon 615, LTE, and a 13MP camera

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 10, 2015

ZTE Blade S6

Update: The ZTE Blade 6 is now available on Aliexpress for $249, with a $10 free coupon available today only. After today, the actual price of the device will be $263.

Original post:

ZTE just unveiled the latest member of its “mass market premium” Blade family, the Blade S6.

A device that’s targeted at the “young and young at heart,” the ZTE Blade S6 brings together solid mid-range specifications, with Android 5.0 Lollipop and a few unique features, in one package going for $250.

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The Blade S6 features a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) screen in a 7.7-mm plastic body, available in silver and matte pink. ZTE points out that the Blade S6 is the first device to ship with Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor and Lollipop, a pairing that should provide excellent performance. Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a Sony IMX214 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front shooter, and a 2,400 mAh battery. The device features “Hi-Fi sound,” expandable storage, and two nano-SIM cards, with LTE support in the B3/B7/B8/B28(B20)  bands.

NetworkLTE: B3/B7/B8/B28(B20)     (1800/2600/900/700(800))UMTS: (850)900/2100 MHzGSM: 850/900/1800/1900
PlatformQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core chipset  (MSM8939)
Operating System Android L
Size144 x 70.7 x 7.7mm
Display5.0 inch HD with In-Cell Technology
Camera Sony IMX214 13M AF + 5M wide-angle FF
Interface3.5mm Earphone Port, Dual Nano SIM, 5pin Micro USB, Micro SD
Memory16GB eMMC + 2GB  RAM DDR3
Features HI-FI, Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, A-GPS/GPS, FM/BT 4.0, Wifi:  802.11a/b/g/n/ac§  Smart Sense§  Aliveshare§  MiFavor 3.0 UI

Running the show is the Lollipop-based MiFavor 3 operating system, which includes ZTE’s numerous customizations as well as Smart Sense, which lets you launch apps like the music player or flashlight with gestures like flicking your wrist.

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The ZTE Blade S6 will be available at a later date for $249.99. The device will ship globally from AliExpress, while in some markets, customers will be able to get it from Amazon and eBay.

The Blade S6’s specs and price tag put it somewhere between the Moto G (2014) and the OnePlus One, and it remains to be seen if ZTE manages to convince customers to opt for its own product. ZTE’s core market remains China, where Lenovo just re-introduced the Moto G, and Xiaomi is growing steadily by offering high-end products at mid-range specs. It’s good to see however that ZTE is going for global online sales, even if for now it’s just AliExpress.

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ZTE unveils Blade S6 4G LTE smartphone with innovative Smart Sense and a host of other premium features for the masses

28 January 2015, Hong Kong – ZTE, a global leading mobile device maker, released its Blade S6 4G LTE smartphone today. Aimed at the young and young at heart, the Blade S6 – per its name – boasts six key features designed to provide customers from across the board with world-class user experience. The new features including ZTE’s Smart Sense gesture motion control, world’s first Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core chipset running on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, a SLR like ultra-high-definition camera, Hi-Fi Sound, ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 user interface and ZTE’s AliveShare application for network-less communication.


“In line with our product portfolio plan, we very much sought to push the envelope with the Blade S6, and to do so in a way that would appeal to youths, as well as those with active social lives,” said Mr. Adam ZENG Xuezhong, Executive Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices.


“The Blade S6 is part of our 3+1 approach, which is led by a trio of product lines that includes the voice control Star series, security-focused Grand series and mass-market premium Blade series. The sub-brand Nubia series completes the approach, which together allows ZTE to address an expansive variety of customer needs.”


To date, the Blade series has accounted for over 20 million units of ZTE’s global device sales, thereby validating the company’s strategy of adding high-end features to devices targeted at multiple customer segments.


Among those key features are the device’s Smart Sense, which includes an intuitive and practical sets of gesture and motion controls, such as with a flick of the wrist that allows users to shine the Blade S6’s flashlight, activate its built-in mirror application, take rapid succession of photographs, play music, and much more.


Powering the Blade S6 is the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 chipset – Qualcomm’s first octa-core system-on-chip solution – and an Adreno 405 image processor capable of Full-HD H.265 decoding. This makes the Blade S6 the world’s first Android-L device to be powered by the Snapdragon™ 615, and uniquely capable of providing one of the most seamless user experiences currently on the market.


ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 user interface meanwhile offers numerous customisation and personalization options at the finger-tips of the consumer. The Blade S6 also packs equally a punch in the audio department thanks to its Hi-Fi sound capability. The device’s five-inch screen is built using In-Cell technology, which allows better and more vibrant image quality.


Packaged in a slender two-millimetre-thin casing, the Blade S6 comes in a silver or pink matte finish.


“With its small package and powerful capabilities, the Blade S6 is the dream device for the socially active consumers and a clear demonstration of ZTE’s ability to offer a premium smartphone at an affordable price.” ZENG added.


 Price and availability

The retail price for the ZTE Blade S6 is $249.99 US. ZTE Blade S6 will be available online globally on AliExpress, and with Amazon and eBay in selected markets.

It will be available through the distributor, Qool International Ltd, and exclusively at the Hong Kong mobile operator csl. and other major retail channels including Suning, Dream Team, Sun Shine Telecom, Cyber Telecom, 188 Digital.com, Pak Lik and I Mobile in Hong Kong.


  • Paul Beau

    Nice phone, would be perfect with FHD and a little bit more battery

    • MasterMuffin

      But price would go up :)

  • merong

    specs are the best,but the battery are worst. what really mean to the market??

  • MasterMuffin

    Personally I’d either save some money for OPO or get Moto G and save some money. It does have Lollipop though!

    • Jayfeather787

      I agree. This is a might fine phone for 250 dollars, but a OnePlus One is a little bit of a better value for the money.

      • paxmos

        onePlus who?

        • TeeJay1100

          The best phone of 2014

          • paxmos

            Na uh…

      • anon

        one plus one is still not available online! :'(

        • TeeJay1100

          Every Tuesday the One Plus One is available to buy for 24hrs without an invite starting today. Boom, there you go

    • Juan A C

      It’s Lollipop but hidden under THAT thing called MiFavor (?). I think it’s much more worth waiting for Motorola to update and get the real Lollipop.
      Besides for that money you can get a Moto G and a Moto E for backup, and they’ll both get lolli in a matter of days :)

    • JLV90

      Moto G 2014 with LTE or a device very similar to the Moto G 2014 went through the FCC for testing a few weeks ago. Could be announced any day now, I know they had it listed on their Brazilian site a few weeks ago as well.

    • roy

      zte s6 site is this one? http://www.ztes6.com ??

  • Clint McKay

    Smart phone with limited set of features has no place in present media world. Though look wise ZTE is cool and having Android Lollipop also….But these two things are not at all sufficient to stand out in world…

  • not bad at all….that battery tho…phew, thats hard to stomach.

  • John Doufu

    Snadpragon is some kind of Chinese snapdragon knockoff?

    • Peter Blanco

      Nah just a typo.

  • Gabriel Belmonte

    I dont have any interest in ZTE devices but this design somehow attracted me …

    • Carlos Romero

      Maybe you have an interest in Apple and that’s why the design is so appealing.

      • Gabriel Belmonte

        you know many things without knowing me!!!
        Such WoW !!!

  • Andrew Sheng

    “Xiaomi is growing steadily by offering high-end products at mid-range specs.” Shouldn’t it be “Xiaomi is growing steadily by offering high-end products at mid-range prices.”?

  • JLV90

    No band support for US carriers is a deal breaker.

    • e11even

      I see 1900 MHz there. This would work on T-Mobile I believe.

      • JLV90

        1900 MHz GSM, not LTE or HSPA. You will get 2G only on this phone.

    • Enric

      This phone is for Europeans and Asians

  • mfmx

    To those who don’t get it: this phone is for Europeans and Asians who want a dual-SIM device with nice specs for a nice price that supports European and Asian (outside China and India). LTE bands. OPO is neither dual-SIM nor does it support band 20 (important for many Europeans) and I don’t think band 28 either (Important in Australia/NZ and some parts of Asia).

    This is basically an attempt by ZTE to compete with lesser Chinese brands such as Zopo, Elephone, Jiayu etc that also have phones especially made for Europe, Middle East, Africa. The normal Chinese domestic phones don’t support most European bands (and certainly not band 20) and don’t care about people who import them from China.

  • Abdohamis Tran

    Asus Zenphone 2, Moto G, and OPO are better deals

  • james

    I just bought the Ulefone be pro, similar specs and just 120$

    • mfmx

      And much worse quality.

  • Karly Johnston

    Just get Zenfone 2

  • Aayush Thakore

    for Indians
    great phone. Have been using it for a week

  • Elp

    I don’t think I can compare ZTE Blade with OnePlus. OnePlus is not dual sim phone.
    For me the list of compare it’s probobly: Sony Z3, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 Dual, Huawei Honor 6 dual, ZTE Nubia Z7

  • shamatuu

    720 P resolution? ehh Last time i check we our in 2015 now not 2013. for that price it should be 1080 P. What a load a crap.

  • crutchcorn

    Not bad it seems

  • John Lindsay

    son just bought 1 in the uk for £169 – its a lot of phone for the money!

  • Engr. Ali Yad Khan

    How can I purchase this smart mobile online while I am in Beijing-China??