ZTE Nubia Z5S and Z5S Mini will be released tomorrow

ZTE’s newest premium smartphones, the Nubia Z5S and Nubia Z5S Mini, will be available to purchase starting tomorrow, December 27. For the beginning, they will be available only in China.

JD, one of China’s largest online stores, will start selling the two handsets at 10 AM local time. The retailer has priced the Nubia Z5S 16GB at $330 (1999 CNY), while the smaller Nubia Z5S Mini 16GB will be sold for $246 (1499 CNY). Despite the low prices, both smartphones have quite a lot to offer - that’s why more than 2.5 million customers have already pre-ordered them.

Boasting a 5-inch Sharp IGZO display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, the Nubia Z5S runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features: a 13MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and 4K video recording, 5MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 2,300 mAh battery. The Nubia Z5S Mini is, of course, smaller, featuring a 4.7-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, Android 4.2.2, a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera without OIS, and a 5MP front-facing camera.

Both the Nubia Z5S and Z5S Mini fared well in benchmark tests, so they should be able to sit comfortably next to any other smartphone in their respective class.

ZTE has yet to provide details on the international availability of the Nubia Z5S and Z5S Mini. Still, unlike other Chinese companies, which sell smartphones almost exclusively in their home country, ZTE has a global presence, so we should expect to see the new Nubias hitting new markets in the future.

source: JD (1), (2)



10. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I except really horrible build quaility for 1080p + Snapdragon 800 for $330

11. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

The Nexus 5 is only $20 more so I would assume that you think the Nexus 5 has horrible build quality as well, right?

12. ollienightly

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

And you know what, Chinese companies made sub-$300 S600+1080p phones with passable quality a few months ago. So that's that. At $330 a few months later, and a much more reliable company, you expect "horrible build quality"? LMAO. You must think SGS4 have horrible build quality, since Z5S feels much nicer in hand than that piece of crappy plastic.

9. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Fandroids defending the look of ZTE? ZTE phones are garbage. Not a dime of my money will ever to ZTE when you can buy a Nexus 5 or Moto G.

13. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Not all countries have Nexus 5 & Moto G. Even If they are available, they will cost $500 for the Nexus 5 and $300 for the Moto G. In my country, Nexus 4 costs $500. But the price of Galaxy S4 is normal here ($650). Maybe the country where you live gets subsidy from Google.

6. emperor

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

how is the snapdragon 600 dual core

8. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012


3. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

Wish these Chinese companies could do something else with their design instead of just coping the 5c in this case

7. ollienightly

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

How f*cked up is your mind? Z5S mini is a direct descendant of their own Z5 mini, which was released around July. If anything iPhone 5c is copying ZTE by your standard.

2. xsoft7

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

quite small battery , the only downside.. and how about rom support? - that is to be found out.

4. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

I remember reading IGZO displays are really power effecient. Not like its going to save a lot of battery, but will surely make a difference I guess! :)

5. ollienightly

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

IGZO is not power effecient compared to LTPS which is what most high end phones use. Even the new Honor from Huawei uses LTPS.

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Android 4.2.2? Both of them should've been released with Android 4.4 out of the box.

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