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Friday, 11 July 2014 08:44

ZTE has three new Nubia phones

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Competitively priced Z7, Z7 Max and Z7 mini

ZTE has finally updated its flagship phone line-up and it has decided to launch all three Z7 series phones at once. They all share a similar spec, but as the naming implies there are some notable distinctions.

The ZTE Nubia Z7 comes with Snapdragon 801 chipset at 2.5GHz and runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Nubia UI 2.0 on top of it. It comes with 3GB of RAM and has a 5-megapixel front facing camera and 13-megapixel main camera with an f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. The most important feature is the 5.5-screen with a resolution of 2560x1440, making it a direct competitor to LG G3 phone.

The phone comes with dual SIM support, international LTE support as well as dual-band 802.11ac WiFI and it has a 3000mAh battery. The Nubia Z7 measures 139 x 71 x 9mm and it is not the thinnest phone around. At the current price of ¥3,456.00, or about €409 and $555 it is fairly modestly priced for the specification. The Nubia Z7 Max has a downscaled resolution of 1080p and it has the same 5.5-inch screen size. At 152.7 x 76 x 8.7mm it seems a bit taller and wider than the Z7 Nubia, but a few parts of a millimetre skinnier. 

zte-z7

The phones share much of the spec, including the Snadragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.5GHz, Android Kit Kat 4,4 with Nubia UI 2.0, LTE and 3G support as well as dual SIM. It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, backed by a microSD slot. It also comes with a 13-megapixel camera with F2.0 lens, while the front facing camera stays at 5 megapixels. It comes with a respectable 3100mAh battery.

It sells for ¥1,999.00, which translates to €237 $322 at the current exchange rate. At this price, the device looks like a great buy.

Last on the list is the Z7 mini that comes in a few different colour options, including yellow, light green, some sort of red and of course white. This 445 PPI phone has a 1920x1080 5-inch screen and just like the Z7 max it has Android 4.4 with Nubia UI 2.0 on a Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2GB RAM but, it has of 16GB storage. Dual SIM and microSD support is also there and so is LTE. It has the same 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera combo.

It measures 140.9 x 69.3 x 8.2mm and weighs 143g and it has a 2300mAh battery. It is priced at ¥1,499.00 or €177.5/$241 making it really affordable.

All phones have a great spec, the design is nice and they are priced competitively, but then again ZTE is not an A1 brand that goes against the likes of Samsung, LG or HTC. The 2K mobile screen is a nice surprise showing us that just about any new high end phone that comes in second part of 2014 or early 2015 will end up with a 2560x1440 screen.

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