The bezel-less ZTE Nubia Z9 is headed to the U.S. market

The bezel-less ZTE Nubia Z9 is headed to the U.S. market
The ZTE Nubia Z9 sold out in just ten minutes after debuting in China last month, and now, the device is looking to make a similar splash as it prepares to launch across the United States. With a super-sleek, near-bezel-less profile, it's quite unlike most other high-end smartphones currently sold Stateside, and with prices ranging from $564 for the base-level model right up to $725 for the feature-packed variant, there's plenty of choice. 

The Nubia Z9 Classic packs 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage for $564, while the Elite model bumps things up with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $645. The Exclusive version, meanwhile, is the same as the Elite in technical terms, but also includes a fingerprint sensor for a handset price of $725.

Each version of the Nubia Z9 packs a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 display, and as you can see, bezels are barely discernible. In a similar fashion to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, the Nubia Z9 lets you access certain special functions by interacting with the outer segments of the display, utilizing what ZTE likes to call 'Frame Interactive Technology'. 

The Nubia Z9 also packs a Snapdragon 810 SoC, a 2900 mAh battery and 4G LTE. To the rear, there's a 16-megapixel rear camera that includes Sony's IMX234 sensor, optical image stabilization, and other treats, while the front-facing, 8-megapixel sensor is accompanied by a wide-angle lens for those all-important group selfies. 

Given the reception to the ZTE Nubia Z9 in China, this line could also make strong sales in the U.S.. The release is slated for Q3 of this year, so we'd expect to see the Z9 hit the market over the next couple of months, and hopefully, ZTE will furnish us with official release dates very soon. 

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Z9
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh

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17 Comments

1. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Lol... bezel-less? There is a fairly large bezels at the top and bottom of the screen.

7. Simona unregistered

yeah they ar ugly .. so thick

9. TechNeck

Posts: 649; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The top and bottom are essential. And when they mean bezel-less, they mean the sides... I know you know that... T.T

13. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

What... are you serious??? Let me tell you something the truth is we need a little bit of bezel on the top, bottom and both sides of the screen so it will be much more comfortable to use. Very thin bezel on the both sides is the worst because most of the time we use our phone in potrait. The top and bottom bezels on this phone is bigger than some othe 5.2" phone like waterproof phone with stereo speakers like Z3+ and the screen ratio is also not even better than Sharp waterproof phone but they called it bezel-less phone.

16. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

And 1 more things for a comparison according to GsmArena calculation even Xperia ZL screen ratio is better than this phone. So i don't think this phone is not the "real bezel-less" phone

2. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Us U.S. citizens buy any phone with a good camera and a premium design. Let's see where this goes.

3. mythos

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Its look like iphone 5s on steroids..!

4. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

good spec but too expensive for an unknown brand in the states.

5. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

ZTE has been in the states for years with its mid range and budget lines

6. Simona unregistered

china smartpohne invasion in USA .. apple DUCK !

8. mickeygosselin

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Top and bottom bezels are needed while holding the phone in landscape mode

10. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Battery to small. Unless ZTE figured out how to optimize better than Samsung, HTC...

11. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

zte's ui is light and have less bloatware so the battery life will be ok. You can even use lighter launchers if you want to.

12. Virage

Posts: 88; Member since: May 25, 2015

Nice but. $600 + is top dog arena. U can get a lg g3,iphone 6,note 4,s6 galaxy.

14. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I agree with comments that the top and bottom bezels, if that is what they are called, are overly wide - much like iPhone and all Sony phones, unlike LG and HTC which, to me, look far more elegant and less chunky. I don't see the point of zero side bezels if the end result is to make the top and bottom bands look too wide.

15. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Aquos Xx >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> this junk

17. rolyataylor2

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I will buy it if it comes to the US. One, will it be able to be rooted, the popularity of these devices with XDA is never very good. Two, Chinese companies never market very well over here because they are always associated with low quality phones in the USA. Three, The color sucks gold does well in China but not in the US... And black is over done...

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