ZTE outs Nubia Z7 and its mini: а 5.5" QHD flagship, and an affordable 1080p phone with great specs

ZTE outs Nubia Z7 and its mini: а 5.5
ZTE went on stage today, unveiling its much-rumored new crop of handsets in its upscale Nubia line. Just as we heard before, there is a Nubia Z7 in play, ready to take the torch from the current Nubia Z5 flagship, but ZTE will also flank it with the Z7 Max and Z7 mini. Surprisingly enough, the first two don't differ in screen size, while the specs difference is very mild from one model to another, too.

Starting with the Nubia Z7, we have to tell you that this thing is no less decked out than LG's G3 flagship, for instance, It has the same 5.5" Quad HD screen with the splendid 1440x2560 pixels of resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization on the back, 3000 mAh battery, and 4G LTE connectivity. As you can expect, it is also a dual SIM LTE device, making it the Asian user's dream handset. 

ZTE lists 139 x 71 x 9 mm for the Z7 dimensions on its website, which would make the phone more compact than the G3, while carrying the same screen size, but on another section of the Z7 product page it's shown with 6.03 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches (153.2 x 75.7 x 8.9 mm) size, and those seem to be the more credible numbers. The Z7 would sell for the respectable $550 / €410 equivalent when it hits shelves in its native China. 

Contrary to its name, the Z7 Max also has a 5.5" display panel, but it comes with 1080p resolution. The overall size grows, however, to 152.7 x 76 x 8.7mm. There are also 2 GB of RAM, instead of 3 GB, and these seem to sum up the difference between the Z7, and its cheaper Max variation. We say cheaper, as the Z7 Max will go for the fairly modest $320 / €240. 

Last but not least is the Z7 mini, which comes with a 5" Full HD display and plenty of flashy colors for the exterior, but other than that it still sports the fast Snapdragon 801 processor, 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front-facing shooter, too. The internal storage amount drops to 16 GB, but since all three phones have a microSD slot, it's not a big deal. Surprisingly, however, the "mini" is quite elongated, taller than even the Z7 Max, at 140.9 x 69.3 x 8.2mm. The Z7 mini has a smaller, 2300 mAh battery, and a very affordable price tag of $240 / €180 without a contract. Only the camera of the Z7 seems to sport an OIS mechanism, to set the flagship apart. Those are the prices for the China launch, though, and it's not clear yet if they will translate to similar tags worldwide, if the new Nubias make it outside of their homeland. What do you make of ZTE's new crop?

source: ZTE



1. darksantacruz

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

If this was a Windows phone I would buy it already. On my case I would go for the ZTE mini even though in this case I really don't know what mini stands for...

2. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Very handsome device with interesting specs. Seems like the QHD version should have been called the Max. Wonder what their reasoning was behind this nomenclature.

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

$550 for a phone with that kind of spec? Not bad. Not bad at all

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The LG G3 is $580, new in box, from ATT.

4. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

A 5.5" QHD screen is 68.5 mm wide. So the width being 71 mm is a either incorrect or it's quite an achievement.

7. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

If those really are the dimensions, it's nothing short of miraculous. But you're right. Something seems off.

5. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

LOL 5 inch is a mini. Can't wait for the 4.3 inch Nubia Z7 Micro

14. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

4.7" is a micro 4.3" is a nano LOL

6. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Note all three phones does not have the brand name ZTE on it. Maybe they fear people will be turn off if they have the ZTE name printed on the phones.

8. Itiskonrad

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Oh, come on, PA. Unless the renders are WILDLY wrong, you can calculate the dimensions of the phone using the screen size of 5.5". It's clearly NO LESS THAN 148 mm x 72 mm. And that's being very conservative about its size. It's probably a few mm larger in both dimensions. I don't blame you for reporting what's given, but I do blame you for taking it to heart so immediately when common sense would dictate based on the bezels (especially the top and bottom, which are CLEARLY larger than the G3's) it's not going to be almost a cm shorter.

9. Itiskonrad

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Good PA. You fixed it =)

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

These could be competitors to just about anything out there, if widely available. Bonus, GUI looks minimal, so close to nexus like experience included ftw.

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

PA, needs to run an article about how often and fast do these 3rd party companies update their OS to the new release. This would be very helpful.

12. VoicelessV

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Loving the home button.

13. steedsofwar unregistered

That home button is just sweet

15. Elfmonster unregistered

Hey could you start saying "removable battery" and "nonremovable battery" for each phone debut like this, and on each phone stats page? Thanks. It would be helpful.

17. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Dat a.

18. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I am starting to see why Samsung is getting hammered on profits. Whilst most Chinese branded phones of even 3 years ago seemed to have pretty mundane quality offset by an incredibly low price, the latest batch have skyrocketed in quality and capability, with only a small or no increase in price. That is the type of equation that should be making Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC and others more than a little edgy...


Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

Nubia Z7 max 4G ghdeal.fr/nubia-z7-max-4g-snapdragon-801-2go-32go-​5-5pouces-1920x1080-px-noir.html


Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

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