ZTE’s newest mid-range phone is running the stock Google Now interface


ZTE makes a lot of different handsets, from a sub-$100 phone running Firefox OS to extremely low-cost Android(s goog) devices for the United States prepaid market. But its latest phone, the Blade Vec 4G, might be its largest departure yet: its the first of a series of phones from ZTE targeted at China that are running a version of Android free of skins or clutter, with the Google Now Launcher front and center, as opposed to ZTE’s own “MiFlavor” interface.

The Blade Vec 4G , which is headed to Hong Kong, sports specs in line with other devices in its price range: powering a 5-inch 720p screen is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with an LTE radio. It’s a pretty good package for 1500HKD, or about $193 at current exchange rates. But what makes this handset different from the scores of similar mid-range devices is its stock Google experience. Devices from…

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