Rumored ZTE Nubia W5 could be the first Windows Phone handset with a Snapdragon 801 inside

Rumored ZTE Nubia W5 could be the first Windows Phone handset with a Snapdragon 801 inside
Up to now, no handset powered by Windows Phone has had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor inside. But according to a rumor coming out of Asia, that interesting fact is about to change. ZTE is said to be working on a new handset named the ZTE Nubia W5. This would be a high-end Windows Phone flavored device with the Snapdragon 801 chip under the hood, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage on board. The rear-facing camera is expected to be 13MP and features OIS. This phone would offer 4G connectivity and it would be all powered up by a massive 4500mAh battery.

This could be the top-shelf model that Windows Phone needs to show that there are other manufacturers beside Nokia (whose Devices and Services division now belongs to Microsoft) willing to take a big gamble on the platform. Keep in mind though, that despite a picture allegedly showing off the model, ZTE has not officially confirmed that this device exists, or is even in the works

If the ZTE Nubia W5 does become reality, will ZTE offer it in the states? On Wednesday, ZTE USA CEO Lixin Cheng talked about ZTE having relationships with U.S. carriers that other Chinese manufacturers fail to have. But so far, these have been low-end models like the ZTE Concord II that is now available at T-Mobile. 

And if you need to be reminded about the difference between the Snapdragon 801 and Snapdragon 800, let's refresh your memory. The 801 offers a faster CPU and GPU clock speed,  supports eMMC 5.0, and allows you to be on two calls at the same time with Dual SIM, Dual Active. Lastly, the AB/AC variations have a faster LPDDR3 interface.

Thanks for the tip!

source: ITHome via GforGames



1. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Talk about bezeless... Wow!!!

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

More and more OEM's. Thats how Android became popular.

3. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Sounds great and it's pretty nice, but I already made the mistake once not buying nokia (samsung focus)..

4. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

it looks like the bezel race has begun in china as well.

5. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

This would make a nice android phone. if a chinese oem can make a phone this compact. HTC and samsung shouldn't have anymore excuses IMO, both galaxy s5 and HTC have been a design failure.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I use a Windows 8 smart phone and I say the more the Merrier. with all these OEM's selling at least 1 Wi8ndows 8.1 smartphone more People will buy them and more Apps develpers will make apps convert their current Iphone /Android apps to work on windows 8.1 smart phones. Folks I think 2 things are making OEM'S Make Windows smart phone 1= the OS is Free like Android is. 2=The Windows 8.1 OS and it's new current upgrades and more coming make it a really good OS with most of the features smart phone owners want. So buying one is not a setback it's sad Microsoft did not use the "NT" kernel when they made the Windows 7-7.8 smart phones. by now windows smart phones would be Super Duper Great!

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Looking nice, if we will continue to see such type of great devices in Windows phone world, then maybe i will make up my mind to take plunge or not but the month of september, when we will have all the good phones in the market, like next iphone, note 4, lg g3, htc one prime, sg 5 prime, lumia 1820 etc.....

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Loving that more OEMs are joining in on the WP fun. This is great! More choices for me.

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

To good to be a wp device This still won't sell cause it's running wp platform

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I think the total number is 17?.. I'm not sure, but we had like 4 this time last year.. Amazing, and this will definitely grow the platform.. WP8.1 is where it's at!

10. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Looks good... Don't know if this model will come to the states, but perhaps a variant of it? Would love to see T-Mobile grab a new, spec'd out Windows Phone! With T-Mobiles US LTE bands of course.

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Everybody is copying WP flat UI, it is indeed good enough to be a WP device.

17. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I agree.. The 630 sucks... Why not just buy a last generation Lumia 820 and load it with WP8.1?.. Get a old 920, or even a 720, or 725.. They all run 8.1, and are better than the 630.

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