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Monsters from Asia: The giant, 6.44-inch ZTE Nubia X6

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Monsters from Asia: The giant, 6.44-inch ZTE Nubia X6

Another fortnight has gone by since our last entry to our trending, Monsters from Asia column, which means it's time for us to treat you to another amazing device from a faraway land.

The Nubia X6 also has a proprietary one-handed mode, along with a dedicated camera shutter key, and stereo speakers
The Nubia X6 also has a proprietary one-handed mode, along with a dedicated camera shutter key, and stereo speakers
The Nubia X6 also has a proprietary one-handed mode, along with a dedicated camera shutter key, and stereo speakers
The Nubia X6 also has a proprietary one-handed mode, along with a dedicated camera shutter key, and stereo speakers

The Nubia X6 also has a proprietary one-handed mode, along with a dedicated camera shutter key, and stereo speakers

Say hello to the monstrous, 6.44-inch ZTE Nubia X6. And yes, this is a phone, though you could probably get away with calling it a very small tablet with cellular connectivity (those are super-rare, mind you). Regardless, this form factor has been on the rise, especially in Asia where consumers are perfectly fine with such massive devices, and, in fact, are actively looking for them. But we won't try and justify the X6's dimensions of 179.5 x 89 x 7.9 mm -- the Android ecosystem is diverse enough, so if this phablet isn't to your taste, rest assured that you're not without options.

Anyhow, as some of you have come to expect, the handsets we choose to highlight are not just one-trick ponies -- they're complete packages. To that end, there's a lot more to the Nubia X6 than just its gargantuan, 1080 x 1920 pixel (342 pixels per inch) screen. Indeed, the device is powered by a potent, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip (MSM8974-AB) and the healthy 2 gigs of LPDDR3 RAM, which will ensure that even the most demanding of apps and content are rendered without a hitch. In fact, there's an even more powerful configuration available with an even speedier bin of the Snapdragon 801 silicon (MSM8974-AC) and 3GB of RAM (with 128GB of microSD-expandable storage), though it's unknown when that one will start selling.

So, the X6 is big and powerful. But like previous ZTE Nubia devices, it's also a very capable device in terms of imaging. It's got an optically-stabilized (OIS), 13-megapixel rear shooter (Sony Exmor RS sensor) with 5-element lens with very wide, f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash. If that wasn't an impressive enough config, then wait until you hear that the front-facing BSI cam also has 13-megapixels (f/2.2 aperture) for some glorious selfies. Oh, and you'd also love the fact that the X6 packs a humongous, 4250 mAh cell that is sure to deliver a very respectable longevity. Lastly, there are two SIM slots, one with support for 3G, and another that can connect to a 4G LTE network. The only chink in the X6's armor appears to be its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean-based software, though the company is apparently already working on a nudge to KitKat. Either way, this little caveat did not hamper interest in the device, or so would ZTE have us believe.

The 32/64GB version of the X6 with 2GB of RAM costs the equivalent of $485/$565, while the 128GB model with 3GB of RAM and a quicker chip goes for $645. Definitely not cheap, though one could argue that you're getting a whole lot of phone for that dough.

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posted on 22 May 2014, 04:06 4

1. Planterz (Posts: 887; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Too bad it won't play nice with networks in North America.

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:04

4. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yeah, my Coolpad is only on 2G, but, I get good speeds here with T Mobile. This new device looks real nice..6.44 inch screen is like my sweet spot...

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:14 1

8. Ashoaib (Posts: 2278; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


This phone is better than S5 and G3... specially for watching movies

posted on 22 May 2014, 05:36

2. gigaraga (Posts: 1206; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That is GIANT in the hand...easily better than XZU...but Im not sure if the large screen has the advantage of productivity though...Note 3 is the only one, maybe the G Flex + G Pro 2

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:07

7. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This new device would be easily better than a Note or G Flex...

posted on 22 May 2014, 07:00

3. GreekGeek (Posts: 842; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Or just get a Tab Pro 8.4 LTE for that nice Quad HD bigscreen experience

ZTE's software updates has always been suspect

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:05

5. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, because it has a SNapdragon processor - someone on XDA will be creating a custom ROM for it...

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:29

9. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


"Or just get a Tab Pro 8.4 LTE for that nice Quad HD bigscreen experience"
This. I never had to look for other big screen devices.

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:06 1

6. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Good size screen, Good camera, lots of internal space, 3GB RAM, fast processor, large capacity battery - for 645.00? That is not a bad deal.

posted on 23 May 2014, 01:57

13. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Most people with "normal-sized" hands won't be buying this.

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:32 3

10. isprobi (Posts: 204; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I hope Sony will come out with a new version of the Xperia Z Ultra which I have. It should have a better camera like this. If this worked on AT&T LTE I would consider buying one.

posted on 22 May 2014, 12:19

11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1947; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Same here :-(.. I thought it would be atlease HSPA+

posted on 22 May 2014, 22:40

12. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 153; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Yes. Z2 Ultra with better camera.

posted on 23 May 2014, 15:20

14. abhijithkumar.nit (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


design looks a lot like an iphone except for those blown away dimension!!

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