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ZTE Nubia 5

Dec 26, 2012
Market status


  • Big display (5.0 inches)
  • High-resolution display (1080 x 1920 pixels)
  • Extremely high pixel density screen, over 430ppi (441 ppi)
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • HDMI connector for TV-out ()
  • Small dimensions (5.43 x 2.7 x 0.29 inches)
  • Thin body, measuring less than 7.5mm/0.3inches (0.29 inches)


  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion




The ZTE Nubia 5 is a beastly 5-inch 1080p smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, 13MP rear camera with flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (4.1.1)
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.43 x 2.7 x 0.29 inches (138 x 69 x 7 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.51 oz (128 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 5.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 441 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 72.86 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass


  • Camera:
      • 13 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.2
    • Features:
      • Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Face detection, Geo tagging
    • Shooting Modes:
      • Burst mode, Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 2 megapixels


  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • 320
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 2048 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB


  • Capacity:
    • 2300 mAh


  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Video playback:
    • Features:

      Features - Shows any special features of the particular phone's multimedia

      • Zoom, Stretch to fullscreen
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Stereo speakers

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+


  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • HDMI:
      • Yes
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 26 Dec 2012

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This device is also known as ZTE NX501

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