ZTE Nubia Z5 goes official: 5-inch 1080p lean Android beast

ZTE Nubia Z5 goes official: 5-inch 1080p lean Android beast
The ZTE Nubia Z5 has leaked here and there, and by now the device is far from being a secret. Still, there is nothing like an official unveiling and confirmation of the beastly 5-inch 1080p smartphone by Chinese ZTE, and we’ve got just that today.

The ZTE Nubia Z5 is a device that stands its ground against heavyweights like the HTC Droid DNA, yet it is less expensive.

And it’s forming to be one of many awesome new devices coming from China. Another phone maker, Oppo is bringing its similarly high-end Find 5 even outside of Asia. As to the Nubia Z5, it will launch in China in January 2013, but it still remains to be seen whether it will make it outside Asia.

Here is a quick rundown of the Nubia Z5 specifications:

- 5 inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
- 13MP rear camera with flash, 2MP front-facing camera
- 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)
- 2GB of RAM
- HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
- 32GB internal storage
- 3,000 2,300 mAh battery

All of that is packaged into a relatively lightweight 126 gram device. The smartphone will also be just as thin as the iPhone 5 at 7.6 mm. All of that comes for an off contract price of around $555. Juicy, isn’t it?

source: ZTE via Unwired View

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  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.1



23. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

the weight is the killer part


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I am impressed by all the specs and it doesn't look half bad neither but I really think high end power house phones with those specs should have a beastly 3000+ mAh battery. My Note 2 lasts like twice as long as my SGS3 did.

20. gmacattacks

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

Oppo Find 5 Enough Said

18. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

2 things not mentioned in the article.. I camera although it's 13mp has NO auto focus. Also the phone has no gps capabilities not like it doesn't have the apps it doesn't have the hardware.. How the he'll do you release a phone in 2013 as a flagship and not have gps.. Do those retards realize how many options they just cut off at the knees.

19. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

This isn't their flagship, ironically they've another 5 inch 1080p display and i can't tell whether this is their run of the mill top end.

21. Mr.Alawi

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

it doesn't have to be in the artical.. check the source it does have AF for camera and it does have GPS ...

15. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

No micro sd, no GPS, No autofocus in camera, and less powerfull battery will be the acchilles heels of this phone........... Ok people can forgive them for other things since battery is atleast 2300MAH, so we can at least expect one day of normal usage, and internal memory is 32GB, so it's also not a big problem..... But no GPS...???!!! Really, are they competing with first gen iPhone with this feature...... Otherwise overall it's good looking phone, but omissions mentioned above make it a hard sell at 550$....

17. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Ditto, still think they've a lot to learn, they're fairly new to the top end range of phones so still need some time before they can compete with Apple/Samsung/HTC/Nokia etc but they're getting there.

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I was so happy to see it has 3000 mAh and then saw the correction. But it is still pretty decent size battery. However, we all want big battery!! I really can careless about the thickness of the phone. I put case on HTC One X and I still think it's thin. Please make phones a bit thicker with much bigger battery :D I will pay $100 extra on contract just to get a phone with battery 4000mAh or bigger.

13. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012


9. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Look's like HTC's hotter cousin.

10. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Was gonna say, it's very HTC-esque design...

16. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Yeah, I thought the same thing. Nice looking phone though

6. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

lenovo already have a 5" phone. i think the model number is K860. although the specs are not the same but the screen is very good.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A 13MP camera without auto focus... Why?

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is the kind of omission that can mean the difference between piddling along and a successful launch. Probably the omission of auto focus was due to design compromise. The experienced players (just some that immediately come to mind : Apple, HTC, Nokia, Sammy) know that autofocus is a must have feature. IMO, this is a learning experience for ZTE. Hopefully v. 2.0 improves their offering.

3. jo130

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

official site write 2300 mah only....please correct..for normal version

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

better design please.

1. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

All specs aside...3,000 mAh battery makes me feel happy about it...thanks ZTE for recognizing user concern for better battery life.

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1115; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sadly, it's a mistake on our part. In reality, the battery is 2,300mAh.

7. MeoCao unregistered

Still this is good job from ZTE, thinner and more battery than DNA

8. mxb545

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

If it has removable battery and removable storage ill be impressed, but if it doesnt then a power user won't get threw the day with out charging this once or twice. I have a note 2 and I get about 3/4th of a day out of mine with heavy use (and I have tweaked the settings on mine so it doesn't leach data).

11. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Specs Page says NO microSD. And NO GPS?

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