ZTE has announced its new smartphone, the Blade S6 4G LTE which is aimed at the 'young and young at heart'. Also see: Best smartphones 2014 and Best Android phones 2014.

MWC 2015 is still a month away but ZTE has already announced a new handset ahead of the smartphone and tablet focused show. ZTE will be previewing the device in Barcelona ahead of its official 'offline' launch at CeBIT.

"In line with our product portfolio plan, we very much sought to push the envelope with the Blade S6, and to do so in a way that would appeal to youths, as well as those with active social lives," said Adam Zeng Xuezhong, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices.

The ZTE Blade S6 will be available via Amazon and eBay and although we don't know when it will go on sale, the firm has confirmed it will cost $249. We can assume it will launch in the UK since we've been contact about the phone.

As we pointed out in the headline, the Blade S6 will be the first to come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 processor. Qualcomm says it's the industry's first octa-core 64-bit capable CPU architecture. It uses Cortex-A53 cores with half at 1.7 GHz and half at 1 GHz.

As the product name suggests, the device also includes 4G LTE support which is integrated on the Snapdragon 615, although it's worth pointing out that it's limited to 150 Mbps rather than 300. The GPU is an Adreno 405.

The Blade S6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and ZTE's MiFavor 3.0 user interface which includes 'Smart Sense' - a set of gestures and motion controls. For example, you can quickly launch the flashlight, mirror and camera apps or play music - see the video below.

Core specs include a 5in HD screen, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a 13 Mp Sony camera. ZTE is also touting 'Hi-Fi sound capability' although hasn't expanded further on the subject.

The ZTE Blade S6 will come in silver or pink with a design that looks remarkably similar to the iPhone 6. Check out ZTE's preview video below.