ZTE teams with Virgin Media to unveil £72 quad-core smartphone

ZTE has announced a new smartphone called the Blade V which is likely to generate as much buzz as the original Blade handset (sold by Orange as the San Francisco). The fifth iteration of the Blade will be available as a Virgin Media exclusive.

This is essentially a quad-core version of the ZTE Blade III with the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225Q, a Cortex-A5 based SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, at its core.

The phone will go on sale tomorrow for as little as £72 on PAYG for existing Virgin Media customers who land a 20 per cent discount. The price excludes a £10 top-up voucher and it is not known whether the device will be available from other retailers (Carphone Warehouse for example).

It seems that the phone will be perfect complement to Virgin Media’s SIM only Unlimited Everything which comes with unlimited texts, minutes and data (but no tethering) for a mere £15 per month. Pay Monthly customers can get it for as little as £13 per month on a two year contract.

The rest of the configuration of the ZTE Blade V includes 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a rear 5-megapixel camera with flash and AF, bundled Kingsoft Office suite, a 4in IPS display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a VGA front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.1 and a 1,800mAh battery.

The device will go head-to-head against the Huawei Ascend Y300 which has roughly the specification bar the quad-core SoC and costs roughly the same.