ZTE Blade S6 Review: A Sharp Tip: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

By 05:39 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


Display

The ZTE Blade S6 is equipped with a 5-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) IPS display with 720 x 1280px resolution. Not impressively sharp but perfectly alcorrect at 294ppi. Colors are a small washed out and could definitely be more vivid, but the display is still pretty nice although a small bit too reflective.




Display looks sharp, but is only HD resolution

The classy screen itself is slightly curved towards the edges, like the one on the Moto X (2014), which you can actually feel in end-to-discontinue horizontal swipes.

The ZTE Blade S6 uses a standard RGB matrix in its Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel. With a pixel density of 294 there is nothing really too impressive with the panel.


As far as contrast goes numbers are adequate, but equally unimpressive. It is not particularly colorful and seeing how it is a simple LCD, blacks are not very deep either.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

ZTE Blade S6 0.26 248 986 0.46 457 946

HTC Desire 616 dual sim 0.35 306 880 0.5 487 976

HTC Desire 820 0.18 235 1299 0.45 598 1327

Oppo R5 0 238 ∞ 0 417 ∞

Motorola Moto G (2014) 0.24 253 1039 0.43 413 968

Sony Xperia C3 Dual 0.13 152 1207 0.56 642 1153

Lenovo S90 Sisley 0 119 ∞ 0 344 ∞

Samsung Galaxy A5 0 191 ∞ 0 398 ∞

Xiaomi Mi 4 0.17 164 940 0.73 679 929

Samsung Galaxy S5 0 274 ∞ 0 529 ∞



Sunlight legibility is rather disappointing and not on par with current devices, mainly due to the low maximum brightness.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    3.799

  • Oppo R5

    3.678

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Nokia Lumia 735

    3.547

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3.543

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • LG G Flex2

    3.465

  • YotaPhone 2

    3.453

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    3.406

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Lenovo S90 Sisley

    2.892

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • HTC Desire Eye

    2.815

  • Gionee Elife S5.1

    2.812

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    2.765

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    2.416

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • HTC Desire 820

    2.372

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Meizu MX4

    2.366

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Oppo N3

    2.181

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    2.12

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2.024

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    2.022

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1.992

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    1.952

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Sony Xperia E3

    1.943

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    1.941

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.94

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

    1.935

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • ZTE Blade S6

    1.927

  • LG Nexus 4

    1.926

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    1.913

  • Nokia Asha 308

    1.911

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    1.905

  • Sony Xperia T

    1.894

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    1.887

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly S

    1.867

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    1.845

  • LG G2 mini

    1.838

  • LG G3

    1.82

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1.813

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    1.797

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.783

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    1.769

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • LG Optimus G

    1.753

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.74

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1.735

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Sony Xperia go

    1.577

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160

    1.566

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

    1.507

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1.462

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    1.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.393

  • Microsoft Lumia 535

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.38

  • Sony Xperia E1

    1.372

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    1.371

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

    1.35

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S

    1.35

  • HTC Desire 510

    1.34

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    1.331

  • Sony Xperia miro

    1.324

  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    1.315

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Nokia Asha 503

    1.281

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.27

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    1.268

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1.245

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1.22

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

  • Nokia XL

    1.204

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    1.198

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.18

  • Nokia Asha 305

    1.178

  • Nokia Asha 306

    1.175

  • Sony Xperia neo L

    1.169

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    1.161

  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos

    1.148

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

Battery Life

The ZTE Blade S6 packs a 2,400mAh battery. Due to the unibody design it is non-removable.

The phone did okay in our traditional battery test, scoring an overall endurance rating of 51 hours, which is adequate, though hardly impressive.


A talk time of 15 hours is perfectly ok. The Blade S6 really falls behind in terms of web-browsing endurance and multimedia playback, hence the low overall score. Standby is also rather battery-draining.

Our proprietary score also includes the standby battery draw, but it is not featured in our battery scorecard even though it is calculated in the total endurance rating.

Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

In terms of power management, the Blade S6 can reap the benefits of having the Android 5.0 battery manager. It offers a far better overview on usage and very detailed statistics to pinpoint power-hungry and misbehaving processes. ZTE has opted not to deviate from the stock behavior and has only a basic power-saving mode available.



Standard Power saver mode

It is pretty standard and reduces performance a bit by limiting background data and turning off various features.

Connectivity

The Blade S6 comes equipped with quad-band 2G/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band 3G with HSPA (up to 42Mbps of downlink and 5.7Mbps of uplink). The Cat. 4 LTE band support in the Snapdragon 615 (up to 150Mbps download, and up to 50Mbps uploads) is not the best around, but it was probably the LTE multimode (multi-SIM) that was of utmost importance to ZTE.

The phone offers dual SIM support and has a dedicated SIM manager in the settings menu. It lets you choose which SIM card is active and the default SIM to utilize for placing voice calls, data traffic or messages.

Local connectivity is covered by a single-stream Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac as well as Bluetooth 4.0. GPS and GLONASS support is enabled. There's an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, but no NFC or Infrared on board.


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