ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and Z9 mini are official: titanium frames, stylish bods

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and Z9 mini are official: titanium frames, stylish bods
ZTE pulled off the same trick it did last year with the Z7 Nubia Max and mini, and announced a Z9 Nubia Max and a Z9 mini variant as well. The Max is a 5.5" 1080p handset with Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3 GB DDR4 memory, and 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot. The camera duo is a 16 MP rear and 8 MP front-facing shooters.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max throws in a Hi-Fi audio experience with 7.1 channel surround, thanks to the premium AK4375 sound processor. All of this is backed by a 2900 mAh battery pack, and stuffed in a premium titanium frame with a thin aluminum alloy casing covered with reinforced patterned glass as a back surface. The phone is running Android 5.0 with nubia UI V2.8 on top.

The Z9 mini takes it down a notch with a 5" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage plus an expansion slot, but the same 16 MP and 8 MP camera combo like on the big brother. This one sports a titanium frame in its turn, too, and is powered by the same 2900 mAh battery pack. 

The cherry on the top with these two is, undoubtedly, design, and the Z9 mini comes to prove it with swappable back covers in numerous textures and patterns, including wood and denim. The handsets are dual SIM devices, and will be available in black and white glass for the Nubia Z9 Max, and whatever texture you desire for the back cover of the Z9 mini. Any takers?

source: Anzhuo



1. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

16GB storage in a 2015 flagship?!

9. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They're considered mid range phones so ZTE think they can win people's money by lowering the price with sd expansion slot. The overall design looks good for me and 2900mAh battery is decent enough.

13. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Do these phones have stock Android? I read an article that the skin on the Nubia z7 was extremely buggy, yet last year ZTE made announcements that they'll release phones with stock Android... I'm liking what I see in the mini.

18. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Not stock android. The handset I used for 2 months, the previous Nubia Z5 mini of 2014 lags quite a bit on heavy gaming and loudspeaker sound quality is low but still a great phone if you're not after the likes of S6 and iPhone. Maybe they're learning from the Asus and Lenovo competition so might lower their pricing on this new sets.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sony design.

4. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Looks nothing like a Sony. Not their best looking handset but I'm at least glad they didn't take the inspiration thing too far this time around.

3. MTT84

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Too bad they did not use the snapdragon 801 chipset inside the mini 9. Now the mini 7 is even faster than the mini 9, only thing is SD 801 is not 64 bit chipset, but I actually don't care about it. Of course, the camera is better on the mini 9 and it looks better than the previous version. The price of Max 9 is 2499 Yuan. The price of zte mini 9 is 1499 yuan (about 240 USD in China)

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They should have used the s808, massive gap in GPU performance between 810 & 615. One gets ~48fps in T-Rex while the other gets 14-17fps

6. vragoljub

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

so, 5'' is mini now

7. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

the specs, not the size

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

What is it with manufacturers & iPhone 6's metal frame? I know they want to ride on the success of the iPhones, but honestly now I'd much rather get a plastic phone (or "sandstone", in the case of the OnePlus One).

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

What do you mean "iPhone 6's metal frame"? This phone only has a side frame made of titanium. There are practically no design similarities with the iPhone. Heck, it's most likely more durable with titanium.

14. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Photo #2, the phone in white & gold

11. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Xiaomi and Meizu will not like Z9 Max's $400 price tag.

12. anGel_pLayer

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Z9 mini for me, I'm not a spec head so the S615 will suffice my needs.... That design though... Stunning... It might look like some other phone out there but I like this kind of design....

15. spaceray_87

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Will this phone work in the US if flashed or any other way?

19. p_walkerden

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2015

This should work fine on any network in the US. Its list of frequencies covers nearly all available worldwide. shouldnt be an issue.

16. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

I don't like the fact that they dumbed down the Z9 mini. Not only it's not really a mini (5" display is quite big) but they failed to squeeze better components inside. SD615 + 2GB or DDR3 RAM is a mediocre setup sompared to the SD810 and 3GB od DDR4 RAM in Z9 Max. More - there's no upgrade over the older Z7 mini! Why wouldn I buy Z9 mini over the Xiaomi Mi4?

17. 10basetom

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

They probably meant a titanium composite of some kind because pure titanium would be too soft (relative to carbon steel), brittle, and freaking expensive. This is where it gets tricky because a titanium alloy comprising 1% titanium can be passed off as "titanium" in marketing speak.

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