Missing a Few Beats
The Blade A2 Plus has the best specifications you can get at this price but a few small issues hold it back
days of battery life with heavy use on the ZTE A2 Plus. The phone also supports fast charging — it takes just under 3 hours to charge the 5,000mAh battery from 5% to 100% using a fast charger. The primary camera is a 13MP unit with phase detection autofocus and dual LED flash. Like most phones in this price segment, the camera image quality depends on the lighting conditions. In daylight, you get images with good clarity and minimal noise but it does struggle indoors and in low light. With the front camera, colours are muted out and there is lots of noise visible on the phone’s display itself. The camera interface is basic and lacks a manual c o nt ro l mode though strangely enough, it does have the option to shoot in RAW. Video recording is limited to 1080p resolution only while some competing devices offer 4k video recording. Another issue we had on the ZTE Blade A2 Plus was the low audio output from the loudspeaker. We often missed calls when travelling because we couldn’t hear the ringtone in our pocket. For voice calls, the earpiece works fine but if you switch to loudspeaker mode, you’ll be struggling to hear again.
At least on paper, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus offers specifications that no one else can match at this price: a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4GB RAM, expandable storage and a large 5,000mAh battery. In our opinion, this midrange offering is good for someone who wants a powerful phone with good battery life and does not require too much use of the camera. For ₹ 12,999, you can consider the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB/64GB storage) that offers similar performance, superior cameras, better audio output and IR port.
Offers great performance and excellent battery, but the camera and loudspeaker need improvement