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?