The ZTE Blade S6 Plus is an iPhone 6 lookalike and has a great design and feel. The highlight of the phone is its slim nature and curved edges that make it look sleek and handy. It also has an IR Blaster which means you can use this phone as a remote control for your TV.
Little is known about the exact material used to craft the phone but it sure does look and feel like plastic. You have to remove the back cover of the phone in other to be able to see the micro sim ports which are at either side of this phone, and the MicroSD slot is just under the SIM 1 slot.
The battery is removable and is not in the place of any of the slots as you can easily put your phone on airplane mode and change sim cards without powering the phone off and the same also goes for the memory cards, just unmount the storage device and you are good to remove or swap it for another one.
The phone’s thickness of 84mm makes it feel so slim while the power and volume buttons are to the upper right side of the phone, the IR blaster and the audio jack are side by side at the upper side of the phone while the base of the phone has the micro USB slot and the mic.
Before I go on and talk about the amazing display of this phone, I’ll like to mention that the drop in pixel density from 297 PPI to 261 PPI is weird as this is definitely the first time I am seeing the plus version of a phone have a lower PPI.
The screen is a 5.5″ display with IPS technology and not a full HD screen. This does not mean that the screen is not enjoyable to watch, it actually is great looking.
The touch experience is also very enjoyable especially if you are someone who enjoys swipe keys, a very smooth screen.
Hardware and Storage
The phone’s hardware is rather impressive and commendable as it’s with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor. The RAM of 2GB complements appropriately the power of the phone to ensure that lags are kept to a bare minimum.
The internal storage is at 16GB while the MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB which I believe should have been capped at about 64GB instead. This however limits total storage to about 48GB which is pretty good considering that I am using just about 10GB space on my device at the moment.
The battery juice is at 3000mAh which is actually a good thing but doesn’t come with any battery-saving app and I strongly advise that you install a battery-saving app so as to be able to manage your battery appropriately.
Camera and OS
The best improvement of the ZTE Blade S6 Plus is probably that the back camera is with a dual-LED flash while the S6 is with a single LED flash. The dual-LED flash ensures that low light photos are with better detail and if you already have a Blade S6 and is thinking of making the switch to the plus, you probably should most especially if you are a camera freak.
The cameras have a sensor of 13MP at the back and 5MP at the front for taking enjoyable selfies The camera app is pretty simple to operate and you will probably not need a third-party camera app as it is decent in taking even HDR and panorama pictures.
Android 5.0 is covered with the MiFavour UI 3.0 which features a family mode that serves the same function as the Easy mode in Asus for the elderly and those who are probably not used to the complexities of the smartphone.
- Ease of Use4/5 Good
- Design3/5 Neutral
- Functionality3/5 Neutral
- IR Blaster
- Expandable Storage Limit