Here in the UK, we don’t tend to hear or see too much from ZTE, with many smartphones staying tucked away in Asian markets. However, one handset that is definitely drawing some attention from ZTE is the Nubia Z9, and it’s looking like it could be heading our way.
But how can this ZTE flagship stand up to the more well-known smartphones in our high street stores? Can it really topple the likes of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6? Let’s find out!
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It’s no easy task taking on the big boys when it comes down to design, but ZTE is doing it with some real flair with this latest handset.
Offering a bezel-free screen, this smartphone genuinely leads the line when it comes onto the catwalk. It mixes a subtle construction with some really flashy additions, like the metal trim and aforementioned screen, and it makes for an astonishing look.
A solitary home button beneath the screen is the only discernible feature on the front, apart from the front facing camera and top speaker. On the sides, we get given your standard volume rocker and lock button, whilst a dedicated camera button also appears low on the right hand side.
It comes in three different versions, all of which show very little design alterations between them. With black, white and gold colourways all on offer – you can pick and choose which of these ZTE handset suits you best.
The only real issue we can find with the design as a whole is the weight of the phone, which is a matter of grams under 200. This totals a full 70g heavier than the iPhone 6, meaning that it’s likely that those trousers might not be staying up without a belt with this phone in your pocket.
Whilst a flashy design is all well and good, it takes more than just good looks to win over your average smartphone shopper, so it’s no surprise to see the Nubia Z9 stand out on the specs sheet either.
Each of ZTE’s three versions of the phone lists a couple of differences on the spec sheet, but all three of them boast the very same 5.2” full HD bezel-less display. Also in all three phones is the same octa-core processor and Snapdragon 810 chipset, which ensure that performance is at a top notch level.
The differences come when it comes down to storage options, with the Classic version offering 32GB and 3GB RAM. The Exclusive and Elite editions both pack a much friendlier 64GB and 4GB RAM, meaning you can store more stuff and multitask more efficiently.
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One final telling point from the Exclusive edition (which is the most expensive) is that it packs a fingerprint scanner, something that is bound to be a major selling point for those after an iPhone alternative.
Each phone also packs a decent set of cameras, with a 16 megapixel rear lens and 8 megapixel front facing cameras. Both lenses offer good quality, each with more than enough pixels to keep even the most stringent smartphone photographer happy.
Topping off the specs for all three phones is a 2900mAh battery, which should be providing more than enough power to last a full day, and then some.
Android Lollipop also makes an appearance on each phone, with version 5.0.2 coming pre-installed on each device – bringing all the features you’d expect. The likes of Project Volta are a given, whilst the Nubia 3.0 UI also keeps things unique to the phone.
Admittedly, ZTE won’t be the first name that comes to mind if you’re in need of a flagship smartphone handset. However, after having a go with this handset, you’ll struggle to forget about it – thanks mainly to that beautiful bezel-free display and astonishingly strong specs.
The great news surrounding the device is that it will be available for international orders, meaning we’ll be able to get our mitts on it sooner or later. Whilst release dates aren’t currently common knowledge, we can expect the Z9 sometime around the end of the summer if we were to predict one for ourselves.
Prices probably won’t be cheap though, so you’d better get saving! Of course, when more details about this come out, we’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Written by Luke Hatfield