ZTE finally releases its affordable mid-ranger – the Nubia 5S mini – in the States
Being a "mini" version of ZTE's flagship, it comes with toned down specs. Its SoC is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, clocked at 1.7 GHz; RAM is pinned at the pretty adequate 2 GB, and internal storage is at 16 GB. The phone lacks a microSD slot to expand said storage, so that's a drag. The screen has a 720 x 1280 resolution that spreads across 4.7 inches. The main snapper has 13 megapixels and lacks optical image stabilization – something that the bigger Nubia Z5 does have. Still, selfie-lovers needn't worry, as the front camera has 5 megapixels to capture duckfaces in all their glory. Meanwhile, battery has a decent capacity of 2,000 mAh.
All in all, the ZTE Nubia Z5S mini seems like a decent mid-ranger, and at the price of $280 off-contract, it's worth a look. Still, the Moto G and its $180 price-tag may yet be a better deal.
ZTE nubia 5S mini
7. SemiFinal (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)
I don't think it is, the specs are quite a bit higher than the moto g and is priced accordingly
18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Yea the SAC sounds way better to me.
3. Mube007 (Posts: 116; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)
again snapdragon 400 what the hell why not snap
16. p51d007 (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)
Because the 400 is optimized for a 720p screen, or so I've read.
4. Sharky (Posts: 131; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)
Wouldn't it be better to compare it to the price of the Moto G LTE since this has LTE?
5. irbaaz (Posts: 113; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Xiaomi mi-3 is much cheaper than this device in India and still with better specification....
6. SemiFinal (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)
At least we are getting more foreign phones here, instead of basically having to choose between a Samsung or an Apple
8. Zinop (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Yeah im pretty sure the asian version has a Snapdragon 600 instead of a 400. Ive looked into this phone a lot last year and it had the 600. Would find it pretty strange if they suddenly added a 400 into it.
10. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
Overpriced, decent specs, but the lack of SD card expansion and a little battery doesn't tickle my fancy.
13. TheBern (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
Just got myself the ZTE Nubia Z7 mini from an online store in China.
Snapdragon 801, 16GB/2GB SD slot and Dual SIM 4G for $330.
15. lachie (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
Yes! Been looking at that one. Please tell me your thoughts on the Z7 Mini... also where did you buy it?
19. TheBern (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
Bought it online at an AliExpress store.
Came in a few days, rooted, with the language pack and GApps installed.
Phone is great, just the battery capacity could be larger.
14. Doakie (Posts: 1320; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Hmm. That actually does sound like a perfectly good alternative to the Moto G LTE. $50 more for a larger screen, twice the internal space, way higher megapixel camera. However for $20 more you could get a Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G which has a significantly larger screen, and an insanely long battery life. If I was looking in that price range I'd go Ascend Mate2 4G.
17. Adrian38 (Posts: 136; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
I've read on many other sites that it's actually clocked at 1.2 GHz and it DOES have a Micro SD slot.