Sometimes it can be fairly noticeable and is more than a hint, and we’ve even found an app that was able to crash the phone, with one of our synthetic benchmarks working once with poor results, and then crashing out the whole handset every other time.

We’re not sure what’s going on there, but overall, the performance is quite surprising, especially given the $299 price tag, and it’s something we can likely attribute to the combination of excellent specs and up-to-date operating system.

Some of the weakest benchmarks we've ever seen. That said, the Blade S6 performs fairly well despite this.

Some of the weakest benchmarks we’ve ever seen. That said, the Blade S6 performs fairly well despite this. The Blade is the third bar from the top, slow in this benchmark against devices that are several years old now. Bizarre.

Storage isn’t bad either, with 16GB storage offered out of the box, and a little over 11GB of that available to you.

If you start to run out, ZTE hasn’t cut off upgrades like another S6 manufacturer has, and you’ll find a pin ejection tray offers up a microSD slot for you to throw some extra storage into.

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The display isn’t bad either, and while we’ll always prefer a higher resolution screen, the 5 inch 720p IPS display offered up in the Blade S6 is definitely pretty enough, featuring decent viewing angles and relatively clear text and images.

Sure, it’s technically not Retina grade, sitting at roughly 294 pixels per inch compared to the 326 of Apple’s iPhone 6, but you’ll still find a decent screen is being offered up in this phone.

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Mobile performance is also equally strong, providing 4G speeds between the 15 and 35Mbps mark on our tests with the Telstra 4GX network in Sydney’s CBD, but also possible at providing even superior speeds thanks to the Category 4 modem found inside the hardware.

While it is totally network dependent, the Blade S6’s Cat4 setup means speeds as high as 150Mbps down and 50Mbps up are possible.

And the inclusion of two SIM slots might actually make some people happy, both with nanoSIM, which is a first for us.

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Battery life is a little less impressive, though, netting a day but not much more.