ZTE Blade Q Mini arrives in the UK

Budget Android handset exclusive to Virgin Media

ZTE and Virgin Media have announced the release of the Blade Q Mini mid-level Android handset in the UK

The latest smartphone from ZTE has landed on the shores of the UK today with the new Blade Q Mini hitting the shelves. Initially only available at Argos from £59.99, the Q Mini will be sold exclusively with Virgin Media.

The 4-inch handset boasts 4GB of inbuilt storage and 32GB of expandable memory, via microSD card. It runs on a 1.3GHz dual-core processor backed by 1GB of RAM.

There is also a 5MP auto-focus camera, enabling a number of different shooting modes to be used including video snapshot, panoramic and continuous shot mode.

“The popular Blade ZTE handsets are ideal for people who want powerful smartphones on unrivalled packages that include loads of minutes, data and texts for their memory," said Jamie Heywood, director of mobile at Virgin Media.

“The Blade series has been a strong performer in Virgin Media’s headset portfolio, so the Blade Q Mini is sure to be a natural fit,” he said.

The Q Mini is the latest device from ZTE, which is the 4th largest smartphone manufacturer in the world according to data from research company Strategy Analytics.

Chris Edwards, ZTE's European marketing and business development director said: “We pride ourselves on developing high performance smartphones, such as the Blade Q Mini, that are accessible to everyone at an affordable price point.”

By William Shaw