ZTE Blade L2 launched with low-end specs, disappointing screen resolution
Most, if not all of the smartphones that have so far been part of ZTE’s Blade series, along with their carrier-branded versions, have been sold quite well in parts of Europe at least. So the Chinese company, obviously proud of those past accomplishments, has now introduced a new member in this line. And, like its predecessors, it will probably be extremely affordable. Yet unlike the other Blades before it this has one serious flaw. Let’s talk specs first though, before going into that.
The ZTE Blade L2 comes with a 5-inch 480×854 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 0.3 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 3G, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 142.5×72.2×8.95 mm.
The camera is pretty low-res but still (barely) acceptable for a low-end device, there is no mention of microSD card expansion in the official press release but we’re hoping that’s just an oversight and it is actually there, the OS version this handset runs is positively ancient – but the most glaring issue with the Blade L2 is its screen.
Not the size, mind you, for 5 inches is quickly becoming the new mainstream. No, we’re talking about that appalling resolution. Unless your eyesight is really bad or you simply love counting pixels, a 5-inch touchscreen with 480×854 resolution is just a big no-no.
And that’s a shame, for many may have accepted the other compromises this phone makes if it’s going to be aggressively priced. But with such a low-res display, it’s unclear who this is for exactly. Perhaps ZTE is targeting people who don’t know what the concept of screen resolution is. In that case, it’s sure to have some pretty disappointed customers, and fast. And it’s unlikely that those people will ever buy a ZTE smartphone again.
Anyway, if you must know – the ZTE Blade L2 is now out in Greece and Spain, and it will arrive in Germany, the UK, Slovakia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela at some point before 2015 comes knocking. It will only be available in white, as pictured in the image above.