For years, ZTE’s most notable presence in Singapore was at CommunicAsia, never extending beyond that trade show. But the Chinese company is finally moving forward in the consumer space, and is also issuing a challenge to Xiaomi’s affordable smartphone range.
ZTE’s debut in Singapore brings with it the Blade L2 and KIS 3, both of which were showcased at its earlier regional launch. Said to be available in Singapore by the end of this year, the timeline has been pushed forward for both units, along with a third 4G-enabled device, the Blade VEC 4G.
The Blade L2 is priced at S$169, a
coincidental match to Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S here. Specs-wise, the ZTE Android smartphone has a few advantages, including a larger 5in screen and the latest Android 4.4 loaded within. Similar to the Redmi 1S, the Blade L2 also has dual-SIM capabilities, so no annoying switches between your personal and work line.
The Android KitKat upgrade, by the way, applies to all three devices. This upgrade and the S$99 price tag for the ZTE KIS 3 should get your attention. At a dollar shy of breaching the hundred mark, this is one of the cheapest Android 4.4 smartphone available here. The specs, which include a 4in WVGA screen and dual-core processor, aren’t mindblowingly spectacular, but for that price and as a secondary phone, it’s worth a second look.