ZTE had a large presence at CES in January with the company showcasing the new Grand S II. While at the time, the device was only sporting 2 GB of RAM, however new information has surfaced suggesting that the Grand S II could very well be the first phone to have 4 GB of memory.
ZTE wanted to make sure HTC was not the only company making an announcement today. While HTC’s event will go on later this afternoon, ZTE has used the morning to announce the Nubia X6. This phablet has a 6.44-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. That means there are 344 pixels per inch. In the image above, you see just how thin the Nubia X6 is. The device is 7.9mm thin. On both the front and back of this slim handset, ZTE has provided two 13MP cameras. The back camera has optical image stabilization technology (like the LG G2).
Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AB) clocked at 2.3GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. Later on, there will be another model that has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The Nubia X6 also supports dual-SIM and LTE connectivity. USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 are both present.
The phablet will have a massive 4250mAh battery and no microSD card slot. All of the storage will remain on the device. No release date has been confirmed and right now it seems only China will be getting the ZTE Nubia X6.
The ZTE Nubia X6 has been teased a couple times by ZTE, but we haven’t really been able to find out much about the specs of the device until now. The device was recently leaked on Chinese site Tenaa, and it turns out that the device is actually a 6.44″ phablet!
The screen has a 1080p resolution and will be a rival to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Because of the big screen, the device itself has larger dimensions, at 175.9 x 89 x 7.9mm. It also weighs a total of 220g.
ZTE is building up hype for its latest flagship device, the Nubia X6, by releasing some vague press renders and camera shots from the device. The press render, as seen above, doesn’t show off the entire device, but from what we can see it looks like the device will sport a metal body. Metal is a fan-favorite choice for premium smartphones (as we’ve seen with the HTC One) so it’s nice to see ZTE putting build quality at the top of the list of features for the X6.
Aside from that small glimpse of the physical phone, there were also some photos leaked that are supposedly from a Nubia X6. We already knew the camera was going to be impressive, but the photos show an extremely megapixel count in their details. Similar to what we’ve seen with Oppo’s Find 7, the X6 photos show the resolution of a 74.6 megapixel camera. Now, the phone may not actually have a 70+ megapixel shooter, but it may have some kind of new camera optics that can take extremely high resolution photos like Oppo’s latest.
A U.S. panel ruled today that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate digital camera patents made by FlashPoint, an Apple spinoff. FlashPoint originally filed the complaint in 2012, and accused all three of the companies of infringing four patents related to phone cameras. One of those patents was dropped as the case moved forward.
In September 2013, a judge found in a preliminary decision that the HTC Vivid and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE infringed upon one of the patents, while both ZTE and Huawei were cleared. The panel ruled in a final decision that none of the companies infringed on any patents made by FlashPoint.
On March 25, HTC will not be the only company announcing its next flagship device. When the dust clears on that date, ZTE will have announced the Nubia X6. The ZTE Nubia development team has sent out press invites for an event in Beijing on March 25. While ZTE does not have a very large presence here in the United States, HTC is likely very frustrated since manufacturers typically respect one another and choose to space out announcement dates.
One thing we know for sure about this device is that it will have Optical Image Stabilization technology like the LG G2. Other than that, the Nubia X6 is believed to have a 5.5-inch or 6-inch QHD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. On the software side, ZTE is said to be using KitKat with a revamped software overlay.
A few days ago, we saw a photo of ZTE’s Nubia X6 front panel featuring a very thin bezel. The company has now posted a new teaser photo of its upcoming smartphone.
According to the teaser image, the smartphone’s rear camera will feature an Optical Image Stabilization technology, short for OIS. It seems that the OIS feature is starting to become one of the key features of the higher end smartphones. Other than this, the device is rumored to come with a 5.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, 13MP or 16MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 or 3 GB of RAM.
The ZTE Grand S EXT was spotted on the Red-Dot 21 design directory with a pretty slick unibody. It will apparently sport Nano Molding Technology (NMT), which combines metal and plastic by molding them together. It gives you a premium feel at a lower cost.
We have no idea when this phone will launch, but it sure is intriguing. Hit the break for one more image.
ZTE is putting a device into the mid-range battle with the new Grand Memo II LTE. It has a 6-inch 720p display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box. ZTE opted to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB of RAM. Although the device has 16GB of internal storage, that can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot. The 3200mAh battery should last very long considering the mid-range specifications. A 13MP camera is on the rear and a 5MP camera sits up front.
While it will have Android 4.4 KitKat as I mentioned before, ZTE’s MiFavor 2.3 UI is covering any stock goodness. After being released in April over in China, the Grand Memo II LTE will have a rollout in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific at an unspecified time.
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With companies announcing that they’re, well, going to be announcing stuff at other events being a common practice, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we see OEM’s announcing various things before Mobile World Congress next week. ZTE is no different. The company announced this morning that we’ll see the Grand Memo II LTE sporting a 6-inch screen and another smartphone called the Open C. That phone will run Firefox OS 1.3 A new version of its MiFavor UI was also mentioned and it will most likely debut on a few Android devices at MWC.
Not much to go on other than that. Regardless, we’ll know more next week so stay tuned!