ZTE expanded its Blade family of Android smartphones today with the introduction of Blade X3, X5, and the X9.
The ZTE Blade X9, which is the most interesting of the lot. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, clubbed with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU, and sports a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution) IPS display. It comes with 2GB/16GB memory configuration and 13MP/5MP camera combo, and packs in a 3,000mAh battery. This phone actually features a fingerprint sensor on the back. The metal-clad handset also bears a gyroscope, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The Blade X9 includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, FM radio, and Micro-USB under its connectivity section.
The Blade X5 is powered by a MediaTek MT6735 chipset with quad-core CPU, and sports a 5-inch 720p display. It has dual 8MP shooters back and front and packs in a 2,400mAh battery. It's worth mentioning that the control below the rear camera isn't a fingerprint sensor but a shutter button for capturing selfies. Measuring 142x70.4x8.9mm, the LTE-enabled handset weighs 129 grams. The connectivity options and sensors are the same as Blade X9.
Cheapest of the lot, is the Blade X3 is powered by the same MediaTek MT6735 chipset with quad-core CPU, and packs a 5-inch 720p display. The smartphone ditches the fingerprint sensor. It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, and a large 4,000mAh battery it is capable of charging other devices as well. In terms of camera, the handset features an 8MP/2MP combo. The smartphone measures 145x71.5x8.9mm and weighs 160.9 grams.
All the three new Blade smartphones have only been launched in Russia for now, and could be available in other markets soon.