ZTE announces the Nubia 5S Mini with LTE for $279

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ZTE has announced a new variant of the Nubia 5S Mini, with this release coming with LTE radios for folks who prefer to do their mobile bidding on connections that don’t feel like the AOL days. Coming in at just $279 unlocked, the device doesn’t sound half bad under the hood. ZTE’s hoping to entice you with the following:

  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 Quad Core with Adreno 305 GPU at 1.2 GHz
  • Display: 4.7″, HD 720 x 1280, 16.7M color
  • Memory: 16GB expandable to 32GB via micro SD
  • Camera: 13 megapixel backside-illuminated rear sensor, 5 megapixel front sensor
  • Network Compatibility: LTE, GSM, WCDMA
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Battery: Li-ion 2,000mAh 
  • Dimensions: 134.8 x 65.8 x 7.6mm

ZTE’s making particularly loud noise about the device’s camera, which they say is easy enough for starters and provides enough quality and control for those teetering on the edge of pro. Set the camera to “Pro” mode and you can change settings like white balance, focus and light metering independent of each other. It’s not the first time we’ve ever seen this level of control for a smartphone camera, but it’s nice to see ZTE getting serious about their devices’ capabilities.

The Nubia 5S Mini LTE is supposed to be available for pre-sale on Amazon at some point today, though the link hasn’t gone live as of the time of this writing. We’ll be keeping tabs on the digital storefront, though, and will update this post once those details go live. Hopefully we’ll learn about a solid release date at that time, as well.

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  • TheJunkie

    The one from sharp looks much better for about the same price……I wonder if that unit is going to work with carriers other than sprint.

    • JayToTheRock

      this one has LTE so it looks like it will work with everyone…the sharp one i believe is just on sprint…someone correct me…PLEASE!
      i want that sharp one :)

    • Tony Lai

      Why are we talking about the Sprint Sharp one when this article has nothing to do with it lol
      Anyhow, the Sprint one will most likely only work on Sprint’s network.. it is not compatible with AT&T nor T-Mobile. Plus, Verizon and Sprint don’t share the same LTE frequencies, so chances are Sharp will not work on Verizon.

      • Aaron Peromsik

        Well, almost nothing. It does use a Sharp IGZO display.

      • TheJunkie

        same price point? I thought it was relevant.
        So why are you talking about all the carriers? I certainly care about any of those carriers. I only wanted to know if I have choices with the sharp phone, and if it either had a gsm chip or gsm equiped alternative.

  • LightofHonor

    So it’s the ascend mate 2 but smaller and downclocked. Gotcha.

  • moises1204

    i wander if it have all of tmobile’s LTE frequencies?

    • J Cav the Great

      That’s what I want to know too.

  • Aaron Peromsik

    Seems to be aimed just above Moto G: same processor, similar display, similar battery, more RAM, better cameras. Will be interesting to see the early reviews. But I wonder why they choose to ship with JB.

  • Ivan Padilla

    I want that wallpaper!

  • Unorthodox

    Now make the LCD 4.3″, and keep LTE onboard. That’d be a phone I’d buy.