ZTE has announced a pair of two new phones, titled the Nubia Z5s and the Nubia Z5s Mini. The Z5s is the more high-end of the two, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under a 1080p display, complete with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera with OIS and an f/2.0 aperture, and Android 2.2 out of the box. It’s a far cry from a budget smartphone which traditionally comes from ZTE. You’ll have two options as far as internal storage and network connectivity; a 16 GB 3G model or a 32 GB LTE model. Naturally, the LTE model raises the price a bit, but it’s still only priced around $567. ZTE managed to pack in some beefy specs at that price point, so it should definitely give other manufacturers solid competition in the international market.
HTC’s new strategy of launching three devices under the HTC One name, including a regular, mini, and max version, may pay off for them in the end, but maybe it hasn’t been so successful thus far because all three devices were released at different times.
ZTE has taken on a similar strategy, as they’re releasing a Blade Q smartphone line, but the mini, regular, and ‘maxi’ size will be launched at relatively the same time.
The Blade Q Mini will be 4 inches, the Blade Q will be 4.5 inches, and the Blade Q Maxi will be 5 inches. All three devices feature the same dual-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, HSPA+ data, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-MP rear shooter, and an IPS-based display.
The only difference that can be seen besides screen size is the absence of a front camera on the Mini.
A European launch has been confirmed for the budget-friendly line, but price and other information has not yet been released.
Hit the break for the full press release below.
The major carriers in the U.S. haven’t embraced ZTE, but if you are fond of either the ZTE Grand S or the Nubia 5, you will get your chance to buy one this month. Starting October 5, you can pre-order unlocked versions of either phone from Amazon (and other channels) for a ship date of October 16. The Grand S (pictured above) was unveiled at CES last January. It features a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1,780 battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s one of the thinnest phones at 6.9mm thick. It will go for $399.
The Nubia 5 (pictured below) appears to be some sort of variant of the Nubia Z5, but there really isn’t too much different about it. It has a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The camera is a Konica-Minolta 13 MP AF and has LED Flash and a Sapphire Lens. It’s priced slight higher, at $449.
We heard about the ZTE Geek (U988S) over the summer, and it became official today at Beijing’s International Telecommunication Exhibition. What is so special about the ZTE Geek is that it’s the first smartphone to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 4. It also features a 5-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.2.
So far it will be a China Mobile exclusive and will cost 1888 yuan ($310). Hit the break for more pics.
A device going by the name “SRQ-NX501″ recently passed through the halls of the FCC, which is more than likely the ZTE Nubia Z5 NX501.
The device will work on both GSM and WCDMA networks, and is Bluetooth and WLAN capable.
The China version of the device comes with a 5-inch display, a full HD 1080p resolution, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, has 2GB RAM, features a 13MP camera, and ships with 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Rumors say that the American variant will feature an upgraded processor, the Snapdragon 800. This is quite the surprise, since in the past, Chinese devices making their way over to the United States normally have downgraded specs, including RAM and processor speed.
It’s been nearly 8 months since NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor has been released, and just now we’re seeing the first mobile device using the technology. ZTE’s U988S will reportedly have the Tegra 4 packed inside, and is rumored to cost approximately 1,999 yuan, or $326 USD. A really nice price, considering how great the specs are. The ZTE U988S will include a 5-inch 1080p full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear shooter, 2 GB RAM, Dolby sound, and will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
It’s going to be China Mobile-branded, so it most likely won’t make its way over to North America— it would probably do ZTE some good to make it available over here as well, though.
A few days ago we reported on a render of the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini as it prepared to hit the Chinese market. The device is now available in China after being officially launched by ZTE. Several colors choices are available for the back plate on the Nubia Z5 Mini which is selling for 1,888 CNY ($308 USD).
So the world’s first Tegra 4-based smartphone is a little late hitting the shelves— big deal. At least the latest leaks show that the ZTE U988S— also known as the Geek U988S— is very much real and looking like a nearly-finished product, thanks to what appears to be a set of promotional photos that have surfaced for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, the device still features that smooth red color which houses the 5-inch 1080p display, 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 8MP camera. As great as it is seeing a clear view of the upcoming smartphone, there’s still no telling when the smartphone will hit Chinese (and international) markets, so we will still have to deal with a little bit mystery for a little while longer.
source: GSM Insider
A recent image discovered by a Chinese source shows a ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini, ZTE’s answer to the “mini” device market. Even though many of our readers are unlikely to get their hands on ZTE devices, in markets like China where they are a major player, ZTE seems to be following an increasingly common pattern. First they introduce a new, large, flagship device. In ZTE’s case, it was the ZTE Nubia Z5 released in the Chinese market earlier this year. A few months later, they are back with a smaller version of the device, the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini.
In other not-so-surprising news, Android is the dominant platform in most major markets worldwide. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Android-based devices are away and by far the dominant devices in Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France and Germany— countries which account for over 70% of the European market. Oh and don’t think Android’s dominance is limited to just Europe either— Kantar Worldpanel indicates that over 70% of all Chinese smartphones run Android, also placing Android head and shoulders above iOS and Windows Phone devices. The perceived culprits for the explosive growth? In Europe, it’s Samsung as it is responsible for almost half of all smartphones sold in the top-5 countries; in China, it’s probable that the likes of ZTE and Huawei help to spark the growth of the Android platform.
While Android has a healthy lead outside the States, it is still worth noting that the other platforms are still alive and kicking as well. Kantar highlights iOS-based devices currently hold a 41.9% market share in the U.S., an increase of 3.5% over the same period last quarter. Conversely, Android saw its existing market share lead grow only marginally, from 51.9% to 52.0% over the same period last year. Oh and despite Windows Phone’s lack of popularity out here in the States, it too is experiencing significant growth in Europe as it saw its market share grow an average of 2.5 percent points in the measured top-5 European countries.
source: Kantar Worldwide