The ZTE Blade S6 – Welcome to the Future



  1. 5 inch HD Display
  2. Processor Qualcomm 615 eight-core 1.5GHz
  3. 2GB of RAM
  4. 16GB ROM
  5. 13 MP rear camera and front 5 MP
  6. Android 5.0 Lollipop
  7. Battery 2400 mAh


General and Materials

This is another device that emulates the design of the iPhone 6, but I dare to say that it even has a more careful design. The construction of the phone is very firm, with extra rounded edges of metal that extend to the rear, in a unibody design, that is all together. This design is becoming increasingly popular in the new Android devices. On the one side, the aesthetic is wonderful, but then, some users complain about the inability to remove and replace batteries. We will reach this point later. Other interesting aspects of the design of the phone is that it is ultrathin, just over 7mm thick. On its side has two slots for both SD card and the SIM. An aesthetic aspect that caught my attention is the round blue light appears around the start button on the device. It gives a very elegant and futuristic look. The device I could get is metallic silver color, very pretty and ultra light. However, there are two other models, a pink and one dark grey, equally beautiful.


This feature is no longer a novelty, but a standard. I dare say that 80% of the devices to be launched this year will feature displays of at least 5 inches HD.



The ZTE BLADE S6 features the latest processor of Qualcomm Snapdragon so far, and the its first to feature 64 Bits. I am talking about the 615 processor, an eight-core processor 1.5GHz. In addition, the ZTE BLADE S6 includes 2 GB of RAM, more than enough to move any application from the Android Market until 2016. In terms of internal capacity, it includes 16 GB of memory for application storage or images, expandable to 64 GB by SD card. The campaign launched by ZTE BLADE S6 to position their smartphone goes around his brutal processor and its powerful two cameras. The rear camera of 13 MP has a Sony IMAX214 sensor, F2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and anti vibration sensor. Its ability to autofocus is spectacular. It also has a generous front camera of 5 MP, 88º wide. The cameras have two shooting modes, fundamentally, one Simple, with many automatic modes, and another Professional, which allows modification of the variables of the camera to get a better image (ISO, brightness, contrast, angulation, light compensation, and so on). Another point that ZTE has sought to highlight its Blade 6S is its music player, high quality, and the great number of interfaces that the user can choose for your phone, all easily interchangeable.



This is the weakest point of the device. As 5” screens are becoming a standard, so are batteries of over 2500 mAh. Many manufacturers prefer to sacrifice a sleek, ultra-thin design for a longer battery life. Well, ZTE refuses this line and chooses to make an ultra thin smartphone with a very modest 2400 mAh battery. This would not be a big problem if the battery were removable, however, the inability to change the battery once subtracted wear a little sexy on the phone.



Another strong point of the phone is its 5GHz WiFi connectivity and compatibility with Alive Share. On the one hand, ZTE BLADE S6’s WiFi connectivity allows much more stable conection than other devices, with greater range of connection. On the other, Alive Share allows data transmission via WiFi. To do this, one device must set a wifi signal and act as a “Hotspot”, while the other device will connect to it. Once the connection is set, data transmission is performed at very high speed, up to 40 times faster than Bluetooth transfer. ZTE BLADE S6 also allows connection 2G, 3G and 4G and is capable of Dual-SIM. Furthermore, the positioning system GPS of the phone is very accurate.


Operating System

As shown in the specifications, the ZTE BLADE S6 runs Android Lollipop 5.0, the latest operating system of Google and the future standard of 2015.



Antutu, the application for testing smartphones par excellence gives our device a rating of 30.265, a very modest score for performance. However, Antutu does not measure the quality of the device, only its operation. Always bear in mind this aspect. A device can make a very high score, but after a few months of use may end up with a much worse functioning.



ZTE BLADE S6 has an extraordinary performance. If we add the quality of their devices (Qualcomm Snapdragon is what would a German engine in other markets), we face an impressive phone. Again, some might think that 2GB of RAM may be insufficient or may not be consistent with the overall dimensions of the terminal, however, I think 2GB is more than enough to run applications for the entire 2015 and part of 2016. Most devices including 3GB of RAM are not able to give full use nowadays. As I said, the only point which leaves me unsatisfied about the BLADE 6S is its battery and its unibody design, making it impossible to remove manually and in need of an operator or special tools to make this change, which a priori should be simple. At a time when large manufacturers begin to incorporate longer battery life on their handsets, ZTE has chosen to include a battery that today might be described as inadequate.