ZTE officially unveils 5-inch Nubia Z5

I never thought I’d be saying ZTE was coming to town with one of the more interesting devices of 2013, but here I am saying it. The company has officially unveiled the Nubia Z5, the smartphone that’s poised to help propel the OEM into the high-end firm it’s looking to become. This 5 inch, 1080p device packs a big punch — a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000 mAh battery make sure of that.

The device also doesn’t look too shabby, either. ZTE spared no expense housing those internals inside 7.6mm of aluminum unibody skin. Some might classify that lone middle button as too “iPhone-ish,” but the overall package is one that exudes style and class. The device’ll launch with Android 4.1.1, but not without some of ZTE’s own flavor on top of that.

We expect to see the Nubia Z5 at CES ahead of its projected January launch, and you can bet we’ll be looking to get our hands (or eyes) on the device at that point. In the meantime, if you want to get your wallets together for a possible launch outside of China you’ll want to set aside about $600 (well, really $555 but incorporate taxes, shipping, etc.)  to import the thing.

A titanium version of the device is said to be on its way, as well, and if the price tag is anything to go by we’d hope every bit of its chassis is made out of the very strong metal. You’d be paying about $1,300 to own one — the aluminum version doesn’t look so bad now, does it?

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  • http://twitter.com/CharlieMTorres Charlie Torres

    Looks like the iPhone and SGS3 had a baby…

    • lycan codex

      U pervert :)

  • Russ

    If it was from a perceived bigger company than ZTE, Apple’s lawyers would be all over this.

    • http://twitter.com/inguatu ingua2

      Chinese govt vs. Apple.. Big enough.

  • BigCiX

    I’m sure Apple will jump on this phone if it’s a success.

    • http://twitter.com/inguatu ingua2

      can’t do much about it considering ZTE is partially owned by the Chinese govt. Sorry Apple… you have substantial concessions by the Chinese government to build your crap in their country with their backed Foxconn plants. Suck it.

  • http://twitter.com/inguatu ingua2

    Chinese spy power

  • Steve

    yeah, Apple’s design patents.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      Lol I guess nothing is ever truly original.

  • CryptoNoel

    Come to papa 0_0

  • guitarist5122

    the middle button just ruins what could be complete awesomeness

  • Jayshmay

    Unibody, meaning NON-expandable memory & NON-user replaceable/expandable battery= Fail!!!

    • guitarist5122

      32GB is enough storage though. expandable batteries just make devices look and feel ugly

      • KOLIO

        Perhaps,but,ideally shouldn’t that be the choice of the user?
        IMHO, looks/thinness of phones is an overhyped marketing gimmick w/little to no regard for what a lot of people want, which is decent battery life.

        Most people slap a protective case on their phones anyway, so, I fail to see the point in having an uber-thin phone, unless one is concerned more w/how the phone looks tucked into their skinny-jeans……..

    • Keith

      3,000 mAh battery, even after it’s old it will last a day on a single charge.

  • bigdawgx

    Save that ZTE crap!!! I will never by anything from them again… bought the crappy WARP and it was a big failure hardware and software wise, and they refuse to support their own products. Talk about bad customer service…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1911005 Thomas Edwards

    3000mah battery at 7.6mm thick? That’s a huge jump in the battery to thickness ratio for cell phones …

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1911005 Thomas Edwards

    Yeah, double checked reports of this phone and your review seems “off,” it only has a 2,300 mah battery and comes with 2 capacitive buttons in addition to the home button (represented by dots)