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ZTE's elegant new Blade phones pop up at MWC (pictures)

Designed for the budget-conscious, ZTE showed off its Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite phones at MWC 2016.

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ZTE's Blade V7 and V7 Lite

ZTE is keeping it low key this year at Mobile World Congress, debuting two new mid-range handsets with little fanfare. Known as the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite, the phones are set to launch globally this year in select countries.

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The bigger of the two

The Blade V7 is equipped with a 5.2-inch full HD display and runs on Google's Android.

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Octa-core power inside

It's powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core processor and a 2,500mAh battery.

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Sleek and thin

The handset is thin and compact, measuring 5.75 by 2.85 by 0.29 inches (146x72.5x7.5mm).

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A look at the bottom

On the bottom edge are audio speakers and a Micro-USB port for charging and transfering files.

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For your informal photo needs

For your photographic needs, the Blade V7 has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter.

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The small details

The phone features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an FM radio app.

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Other nerdy details

A few of the device's extra features include gesture controls, Voice over LTE capabilities and Bluetooth 4.0.

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Springing into these markets

The smartphone is launching in Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ethiopia and Mexico in early Spring.

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The smaller V7 Lite

Meanwhile, the ZTE Blade V7 Lite is a 5-inch, more affordable alternative.

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8-megapixel cameras on oth sides

The device has an 8-megapixel camera on both its back and front to capture images.

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Lightweight, polished design

The handset has an HD display and measures 5.66 by 2.76 by 0.31 inches (143.8x70.2x7.9mm).

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A fingerprint reader in the back

On the back of the phone is a fingerprint sensor for extra user security.

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Taking another look

Another look at the fingerprint scanner. The Blade V7 Lite also has a quad-core processor, a 2,500mAh battery and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Launching in Russia first

The device will launch in Spring and will debut in Russia, then Mexico, Spain, Germany and Thailand.

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ZTE's lowkey MWC presence

In addition to the new Blade phones, ZTE launched its Spro Plus smart projector during the show. It's an 8.4-inch tablet that's also an image projector and Wi-Fi hotspot. Click here for more of CNET's MWC 2016 coverage.

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