It certainly is nice to see some manufacturers finding a way to get in well under the $500 mark with something that would typically cost around that much, and that’s sort of what the ZTE Blade S6 appears to be.
To answer our original question, “is this a bargain, or just plain cheap,” ZTE’s S6 appears to be both a bargain and cheap, packing a spec-driven punch for a cost that we’ve seen budget 3G phones of a lesser quality hit.
While the name could certainly do with some work — seriously ZTE, you’re not fooling anyone that this is an S6 — as could the style and design — again, you’re not fooling anyone that this isn’t an iPhone — ZTE’s take on what constitutes a mid-range phone for a less-than mid-range price is intriguing, and would certainly be compelling for someone keen for a new phone who has no qualms about trying a brand that isn’t totally recognisable.
If that’s you and there’s definitely a budget for a new phone, ZTE’s $299 outright smartphone is worth taking a look at, if only because it offers great value above else.
But if you need a good camera and something with style, we’d take a gander at something else as neither are really offered here.