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ZTE Nubia Z9 render shows a screen curved to the sides, first Samsung Galaxy S6 edge "copycat"?

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ZTE Nubia Z9 render shows a screen curved to the sides, first Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
The ZTE Nubia Z9 has been strutting its stuff recently and it's definitely one with looks to fall in love with. It's another Chinese smartphone with very little side screen bezels to speak of, but this one also carries the proud heritage of ZTE's premium Nubia brand. Nubia phones aren't very popular outside China, because ZTE is yet to make a move towards the global market with them. But for the most part, we're talking modern specs and really good design - most beautifully, the Nubia Z9 appears to be the culmination of both! 

As you can see in this newly leaked press render, the smartphone sports curved screen edges like those of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, and features a sturdy-looking metal frame to boot! Mind you, we're not sure this is the same curved AMOLED screen technology at play here. Like fellow Chinese vendor Oppo, ZTE may have designed another trick to make the smartphone's sides "disappear".

On the spec side, we've supposedly got a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution display, and under the hood roars either a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU or a 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 CPU. We'd take both gladly, and the Z9 will feature 3GB or 4GB of RAM on top of that. There's also a fingerprint scanner built into the home button.

The Nubia Z9 is shaping up to be a very interesting smartphone, and seeing that it's showing up on the Internet increasingly often, it may be heading to us sooner than we think. We're keeping an eye on you, Nubia Z9, but you better deliver on all these promises of yours!


source: MobileDad via GizmoChina

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posted on 13 Apr 2015, 04:29 12

1. shahrooz (Posts: 714; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Why is it a copycat? WHYYYY? stop being apple phonearena, it looks way different and S6 Edge looks better IMO.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 04:33 6

3. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Don't worry, this looks super fake anyways.

But PA's pathetic logic never gets old.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 04:49 5

6. neela_akaash (Posts: 1117; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Side bezels are decreasing and top n bottom bezels are increasing day by day.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 09:34

16. brunelian92 (Posts: 79; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


To be fair I would say its an edge to edge display with curved front glass that falls away at the edge. Kind of like the IPhone 6 or the Lumia 800. Rather than it being a curved display.

Thats how it looks in the pictures anyway.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 12:15

24. TerryTerius (Posts: 1583; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


They didn't claim the design of the phone looks like the S6, they're saying that they copied having dual curved screens. Which to be fair, is a charge that will be applied to pretty much anyone that does so. Or at the very least they will be labeled as following in Samsung's footsteps. Whether or not that is deserved is an entirely different question altogether though. But that is reality.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 04:30

2. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


LMAOOO...looks super fake!

This looks more like the real deal.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Flagship-ZTE-Nubia-Z9-photo-and-rumored-specs-come-to-light_id68030

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 04:34 1

4. shahrooz (Posts: 714; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


I was asking myself where is the famous and cool home button, guess you are right

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 04:36

5. JaneChenLong (Posts: 374; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


The phone industry summed...
1. The year anyone copy LG chocolate (i.e iphone)
2. The year anyone copy Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Apparently we all copied korean design.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 05:06 2

7. AMERICANPATRIOT (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


When the crap Copy the craps...

Third world problems

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 05:13 6

8. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


Again, your english skills are poor. If you're going to take it upon yourself to "represent" at least you could try to sound less like you're from the third world yourself.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 05:27

9. JaneChenLong (Posts: 374; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


He could be from other first world that don't speak english such as germans, france, italy, rusia, korea, japan, etc...

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 10:08 1

19. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


BUT his nickname is called AMERICANPATRIOT, so we should expect at least some acceptable english language skills.

I mean he is from America, right? Patriot? Ugh, I give up.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 10:29

21. JaneChenLong (Posts: 374; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


I just notice that... his name... LOL.
Anyone who is american but not born in there can also be american patriot.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 10:42

22. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


But how can we call him an AMERICAN PATRIOT-- like he can't even use the language properly. ō_ō
I think we should no longer consider him AMERICAN-PATRIOT, UNLESS he gets perfect at, at least, american english or whatever.

He's eaglefan or muricatroll to me, FROM NOW ON. *dies*

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 06:00 3

11. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)


Just laugh at him.
Sometimes when I am sad, I go to the net and search for stupid comments from idiots like him, and be thankful that I haven't been given a brain like that.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 05:30

10. sip1995 (Posts: 1562; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Damn homie..........

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 06:10

12. nebula (Posts: 534; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


It's about time paradigm smartphones get kick in the as+s. Manufacturers , especially for Europe, not sure know much about US, got too lazy with recycled design, incremental upgrades and stagnant innovations. I am so glad more and more Chinese OEM's step into international market say: look ,we can fairly decent phone and much cheaper.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 06:39

13. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


How is "fairly decent phone and much cheaper" going to change stagnating innovating? By making innovation stagnate more?

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 07:20

14. nebula (Posts: 534; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Why it so difficult to look a little further or a little back to see what is going on.? Look at the camera quality, moving lens, amplifiers for speakers, audio decency in some CH OEM's, simply lees bezel screens,...that is enough to call realistic innovation they are pushing. How are they going to change stagnating innovation? Because people will by value for money phone. Don't have to look far: look at Moto G, E 1+1 a couple of years ago. This tendency already pushing big players to step up they game and give a proper upgrade rather then incremental upgrade.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 07:34 1

15. Nibbler1 (Posts: 30; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


It's not a copy, it looks way better than s6. :)

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 09:35

17. brunelian92 (Posts: 79; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


Hey Phone Arena. Just offering my opinion but the glass looks curved not the display. Kind of like the IPhone 6 at the edges?

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 10:04

18. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


What about OPPO R7? Isn't the display curved on that phone too? I mean, then it is kind of copying Samsung too, am I right?? ( ō_ō) *dun dun dunn*
IMO, the ZTE Nubia Z9 is just going to implement the same feature as the R7, as being just bezel-less, not that it is going to have similiar features as S6 Edge.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 10:10

20. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


NOOOO--- I GET IT NOW, WHY CAN'T I DELETE THE POST. UGH,I am an idiot.

Forget about the OPPO and copying S6 Edge part, can't edit anymore. :'( I just checked the patent that was posted some time ago. SORRY.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 11:09

23. Andrewtst (Posts: 612; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


This look Ugly!

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 17:54

25. Seattletech (Posts: 54; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Nice. Looks to be just a regular screen with curved glass. Love slim side bezels. Allows maximum screen with minimal width.

posted on 13 Apr 2015, 18:39

26. monoke (Posts: 283; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


The future is upon us!

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