ZTE finally releases its affordable mid-ranger – the Nubia 5S mini – in the States

ZTE finally releases its affordable mid-ranger – the Nubia 5S mini – in the States
ZTE came about to release its Nubia 5S mini to the US markets in a very sneaky fashion. The phone was initially released in China at the end of last year. There hasn't been much information about it since, or whether it will be available to western markets, but it's here now and can be bought for $280 off-contract.

Being a "mini" version of ZTE's flagship, it comes with toned down specs. Its SoC is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, clocked at 1.7 GHz; RAM is pinned at the pretty adequate 2 GB, and internal storage is at 16 GB. The phone lacks a microSD slot to expand said storage, so that's a drag. The screen has a 720 x 1280 resolution that spreads across 4.7 inches. The main snapper has 13 megapixels and lacks optical image stabilization – something that the bigger Nubia Z5 does have. Still, selfie-lovers needn't worry, as the front camera has 5 megapixels to capture duckfaces in all their glory. Meanwhile, battery has a decent capacity of 2,000 mAh.

All in all, the ZTE Nubia Z5S mini seems like a decent mid-ranger, and at the price of $280 off-contract, it's worth a look. Still, the Moto G and its $180 price-tag may yet be a better deal.

source: Endgadget

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5S mini
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh



1. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014


7. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

I don't think it is, the specs are quite a bit higher than the moto g and is priced accordingly

11. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I'd rather have an optimus g tbh.

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Or a Sharp Aquos Crystal :D


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea the SAC sounds way better to me.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yup. Overpriced.

3. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

again snapdragon 400 what the hell why not snap dragon 600?

16. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Because the 400 is optimized for a 720p screen, or so I've read.

4. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Wouldn't it be better to compare it to the price of the Moto G LTE since this has LTE?

5. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Xiaomi mi-3 is much cheaper than this device in India and still with better specification....

6. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

At least we are getting more foreign phones here, instead of basically having to choose between a Samsung or an Apple

8. Zinop

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah im pretty sure the asian version has a Snapdragon 600 instead of a 400. Ive looked into this phone a lot last year and it had the 600. Would find it pretty strange if they suddenly added a 400 into it.

9. xplayer57

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

That's really overpriced

10. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Overpriced, decent specs, but the lack of SD card expansion and a little battery doesn't tickle my fancy.

13. TheBern

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Just got myself the ZTE Nubia Z7 mini from an online store in China. Snapdragon 801, 16GB/2GB SD slot and Dual SIM 4G for $330.

15. lachie

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes! Been looking at that one. Please tell me your thoughts on the Z7 Mini... also where did you buy it?

19. TheBern

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Bought it online at an AliExpress store. Came in a few days, rooted, with the language pack and GApps installed. Phone is great, just the battery capacity could be larger.

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hmm. That actually does sound like a perfectly good alternative to the Moto G LTE. $50 more for a larger screen, twice the internal space, way higher megapixel camera. However for $20 more you could get a Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G which has a significantly larger screen, and an insanely long battery life. If I was looking in that price range I'd go Ascend Mate2 4G.

17. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I've read on many other sites that it's actually clocked at 1.2 GHz and it DOES have a Micro SD slot.

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