ZTE announces Nubia family of high-end devices, 5-inch quad-core Z5 the first to come out

October 31, 2012
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Although we don’t have psychic abilities as far as we know of, we were ready to bet that ZTE was going to counter Huawei’s newly unveiled 5-inch Ascend D2 phablet with a super-phone of its own soon. It only took around 24 hours or so for that to happen, so we’re proud to have been proved right and to be able to present to you the ZTE Z5.

However, the world’s fourth smartphone manufacturer couldn’t have only presented a top-notch phone to make people forget all about Huawei so soon, so instead they announced an entire new family of high-end gadgets.

The Nubia line will include a still unrevealed number of devices, of which the only name mentioned so far is the Z5. So, after all, the Z5 is the only gadget to be unveiled at the moment, although ZTE has to be appreciated for its marketing strategy and for knowing how to build hype and keep the suspense going.

As a matter of fact, even the Z5 is still pretty much wrapped in mystery, the only confirmed specs being the display’s 5 inch diagonal size, the CPU’s number of cores (four), and the rear-facing camera’s 13 MP sensor.

There’s also a bizarre, but intriguing mention about “Italian” design, which goes well to increase the mystery with the only official pic of the phone showing just the back. Well played, ZTE, well played!

We don’t even know if the Z5 will run Android, though it would be a terrible waste of uber-cool hardware if the phone were to be powered by Windows Phone 8. As for availability, ZTE says that the 5-incher will hit China in December, while the rest of the world will have to wait for after CES 2013 to find out something.

With so little known about the Z5, we can either wait to hear from ZTE again or start the day-dreaming. I’ll rather go for the latter, so my wishlist of specs and features for the beast includes a 1080p screen, an S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery. As for the Italian design, I’d rather not speculate. Oh, okay, if you insist, I’ll say this – I hope it has something to do with Ferrari or Lamborghini.

What about you? What is your dream spec sheet for the ZTE Z5?

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