The Vodafone has released a new brand phone made by ZTE it’s called the Vodafone Smart V8 which is a tall, narrow metal body is a mix of brushed surfaces and chamfered edges with plastic caps at the top and bottom for the antennas being the only exceptions, priced at only £159 from Vodafone on Pay as you go or Pay Monthly.

Front of the Vodafone Smart V8

The screen is protects by a layer of pillowed Dragontrail Glass, which not only feels nice under-finger but also repels fingerprints surprisingly well, unlike some smart phone in the last first months.

With a 5.5-inch LTPS display, it offers excellent colours and contrast head-on with minimal colour distortion at more extreme angles.

The fingerprint sensor can be used for up to 5 user profiles and the sensor allows you access to the Private Space feature and can be used to lock apps or answer calls.

you will need to buy your own fast charger 

Smart Lock is on board and this can be used to keep the phone unlocked when in trusted places or when connected to other devices.

The Vodafone Smart V8 offers up a decent performance with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octacore processor and 3GB RAM and the usual connection options are included such as 4G for fast web browsing and Wi-Fi. With a usable 32GB of internal storage, so long as you’re aware that just over 10GB of that is occupied by system files out-the-box.

Vodafone has kept pace with the latest Android releases, meaning the V8 comes running version 7.1.1 Nougat, packing all the mod-cons including native split-screen multitasking and enhanced background power management.

Key Specs

  •  5.5-inches
  •  Full HD (1920×1080)
  • 401 pixels per inch
  •  166 grams
  •  Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  •  16-megapixels
  •  8-megapixels
  •  1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  •  3GB RAM
  •  32GB. Expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  •  Yes
  • NFC
  •  FM Radio, advanced power saving, fingerprint sensor

The 3,000mAh battery is a decent enough capacity giving you up to a day of mixed usage and the Power Manager feature can be used when running low on juice.

Vodafone Smart V8 does have a few apps pre-installed on the device, with genuinely useful inclusions like Call+ and Message+ that include a web portal for desktop access, a Tips app, FM radio app and the Private Space app, a new offering that includes an encrypted photo and video gallery, file manager, app locker and password keeper, all under a secondary pattern lock.

Camera Features

The 16-megapixel camera delivers good quality photos thanks to Phase Detection Auto Focus and the dual flash. The phone can be launched with a double tap of the volume button so you don’t miss a shot and there are lots of shooting modes such as time-lapse, slow exposure (for capturing moving objects) and super night.

The camera captures video at 1080p and you can a GIF from your photos (up to 50 images) as well as view your photos using the Collage Maker.

The Selfie camera is an 8-megapixel lens which is a standout when compared to other phones in this price bracket. The camera includes wide selfie mode, smile detection and beauty face options.


  • Looks and feels quality
  • Vivid and Bright Screen
  • Pretty Quick CPU
  • Very Good cameras
  • and the price at only £160


  • No Type USB-C


The feel of the Smart V8 is quality in every way and the performance and camera package stand out from other devices for the same price. If you are on a budget but still want a decent device then the Vodafone Smart V8 is the one for you, it’s a shame I will have to post this phone back to Vodafone now.

Sample sent from Vodafone

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