ZTE Nubia Z9 render shows a screen curved to the sides, first Samsung Galaxy S6 edge "copycat"?

ZTE Nubia Z9 render shows a screen curved to the sides, first Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
The ZTE Nubia Z9 has been strutting its stuff recently and it's definitely one with looks to fall in love with. It's another Chinese smartphone with very little side screen bezels to speak of, but this one also carries the proud heritage of ZTE's premium Nubia brand. Nubia phones aren't very popular outside China, because ZTE is yet to make a move towards the global market with them. But for the most part, we're talking modern specs and really good design - most beautifully, the Nubia Z9 appears to be the culmination of both! 

As you can see in this newly leaked press render, the smartphone sports curved screen edges like those of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, and features a sturdy-looking metal frame to boot! Mind you, we're not sure this is the same curved AMOLED screen technology at play here. Like fellow Chinese vendor Oppo, ZTE may have designed another trick to make the smartphone's sides "disappear".

On the spec side, we've supposedly got a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution display, and under the hood roars either a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU or a 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 CPU. We'd take both gladly, and the Z9 will feature 3GB or 4GB of RAM on top of that. There's also a fingerprint scanner built into the home button.

The Nubia Z9 is shaping up to be a very interesting smartphone, and seeing that it's showing up on the Internet increasingly often, it may be heading to us sooner than we think. We're keeping an eye on you, Nubia Z9, but you better deliver on all these promises of yours!


source: MobileDad via GizmoChina

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26 Comments

1. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Why is it a copycat? WHYYYY? stop being apple phonearena, it looks way different and S6 Edge looks better IMO.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Don't worry, this looks super fake anyways. But PA's pathetic logic never gets old.

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Side bezels are decreasing and top n bottom bezels are increasing day by day.

16. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

To be fair I would say its an edge to edge display with curved front glass that falls away at the edge. Kind of like the IPhone 6 or the Lumia 800. Rather than it being a curved display. Thats how it looks in the pictures anyway.

24. TerryTerius unregistered

They didn't claim the design of the phone looks like the S6, they're saying that they copied having dual curved screens. Which to be fair, is a charge that will be applied to pretty much anyone that does so. Or at the very least they will be labeled as following in Samsung's footsteps. Whether or not that is deserved is an entirely different question altogether though. But that is reality.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

4. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I was asking myself where is the famous and cool home button, guess you are right

5. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The phone industry summed... 1. The year anyone copy LG chocolate (i.e iphone) 2. The year anyone copy Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Apparently we all copied korean design.

7. AMERICANPATRIOT

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

When the crap Copy the craps... Third world problems

8. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Again, your english skills are poor. If you're going to take it upon yourself to "represent" at least you could try to sound less like you're from the third world yourself.

9. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

He could be from other first world that don't speak english such as germans, france, italy, rusia, korea, japan, etc...

19. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

BUT his nickname is called AMERICANPATRIOT, so we should expect at least some acceptable english language skills. I mean he is from America, right? Patriot? Ugh, I give up.

21. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I just notice that... his name... LOL. Anyone who is american but not born in there can also be american patriot.

22. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

But how can we call him an AMERICAN PATRIOT-- like he can't even use the language properly. ō_ō I think we should no longer consider him AMERICAN-PATRIOT, UNLESS he gets perfect at, at least, american english or whatever. He's eaglefan or muricatroll to me, FROM NOW ON. *dies*

11. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Just laugh at him. Sometimes when I am sad, I go to the net and search for stupid comments from idiots like him, and be thankful that I haven't been given a brain like that.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Damn homie..........

12. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's about time paradigm smartphones get kick in the as+s. Manufacturers , especially for Europe, not sure know much about US, got too lazy with recycled design, incremental upgrades and stagnant innovations. I am so glad more and more Chinese OEM's step into international market say: look ,we can fairly decent phone and much cheaper.

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1541; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

How is "fairly decent phone and much cheaper" going to change stagnating innovating? By making innovation stagnate more?

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Why it so difficult to look a little further or a little back to see what is going on.? Look at the camera quality, moving lens, amplifiers for speakers, audio decency in some CH OEM's, simply lees bezel screens,...that is enough to call realistic innovation they are pushing. How are they going to change stagnating innovation? Because people will by value for money phone. Don't have to look far: look at Moto G, E 1+1 a couple of years ago. This tendency already pushing big players to step up they game and give a proper upgrade rather then incremental upgrade.

15. Nibbler1

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

It's not a copy, it looks way better than s6. :)

17. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Hey Phone Arena. Just offering my opinion but the glass looks curved not the display. Kind of like the IPhone 6 at the edges?

18. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

What about OPPO R7? Isn't the display curved on that phone too? I mean, then it is kind of copying Samsung too, am I right?? ( ō_ō) *dun dun dunn* IMO, the ZTE Nubia Z9 is just going to implement the same feature as the R7, as being just bezel-less, not that it is going to have similiar features as S6 Edge.

20. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

NOOOO--- I GET IT NOW, WHY CAN'T I DELETE THE POST. UGH,I am an idiot. Forget about the OPPO and copying S6 Edge part, can't edit anymore. :'( I just checked the patent that was posted some time ago. SORRY.

23. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This look Ugly!

25. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

Nice. Looks to be just a regular screen with curved glass. Love slim side bezels. Allows maximum screen with minimal width.

26. monoke

Posts: 1098; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

The future is upon us!

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