ZTE Nubia Z5 officially unveiled

by: Andrew GrushDecember 26, 2012

ZTE Nubia Z5

As expected, the ZTE Nubia Z5 was officially unveiled on December 25th in Beijing. The Nubia Z5 is a very capable high-end handset, and is quite a departure from the typically budget-oriented handsets offered by the Chinese-based device maker.

What makes the Nubia Z5 so special? For starters, its hardware is second to none. The phone features a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery.

On top of all of this, the Z5 packs a 5-inch display with a 1080p display and manages to be extremely thin with a 7.6mm aluminum unibody design. Best of all, the phone has Android 4.1.1, although it will also have some UI customizations from ZTE.

The Nubia Z5 will likely be present at CES, and is expected to arrive on shelves sometime later in January.

So what about pricing? The upcoming ZTE handset will set you back 3456 Yuan (around $553 dollars). Think that is a bit pricey? There is also an even more expensive $1,300 special Titanium version of the Nubia Z5.

If you are looking to get the phone outside of China, you might be disappointed to know that the company is not officially offering the Nubia Z5 internationally.

What do you think of the ZTE Nubia Z5? In your opinion, how does it compare to other 1080p options out there?

  • cycad007

    OK…if that thing also has a SD card slot, a removable battery *AND* sales at a reasonable price…one would be able to say its the *BEST* Android phone right now. Yes…this means topping the S3, One X+, etc..

    • Jared Persinger

      DROID razr maxx hd still has the best battery life and build quality

  • Michael Paul

    Apple should sue them on the appearance issue! LOL
    The phone kicks ass and is a warning shot to Samsung about
    packaging and appearance.
    Make it 6″ for AT&T U.S. LTE and I’ll switch from Note!

  • Nxn

    Well, tbh I’d personally love a Lenovo phone, since I’m a big fan but the Chinese don’t seem to have any interest in the international market, which I’d say is rather unfortunate since they seem to make great handsets.

  • Zhanfeng Liang

    I want the titanium version!!!!!

  • nebsif

    Say I import one from China, will I still have ZTE warranty (being able to send it back to china for repair)?

  • th3d

    So many cellphone websites have so much love for chinese brands lately. I dont like it, just like car enthusiasts are not the slightest interested in chinese cars no matter how much they look like a Bentley and no matter how much goldplating they have in the grille, for me its the same with chinese cellphones. Ok, so i bough a $30 china cellphone for one of my occasional mistresses, and it was a good deal considered that it offered 3 times more features than a Nokia at the same price. The same is NOT true for this ZTE, its insanely overpriced, and thanks to websites like this they will try to increase the price even further.

    Sorry ZTE and Huawei and Oppo, i rather pay $800 for a Sonty or Samsung than pay $300 for this crap. Get out of my face and hope androidauthority will rise above this level.

    • Ivan Budiutama

      I must disagree with you, my zte blade is 2 years old, and it’s still running well, not to mention that it was a budget phone in the first place. I expect a better build quality out of a flagship.

      • Zhanfeng Liang

        I agree with you. I dont know how up to date are the Chinese phones but I know my Sony lt28h hardly gets any system update. About the first post, i want to say, fact is fact, whether or not you accept it, it still is there waiting for you to admit it, just a matter of time.

    • anti_th3d

      th3d – You’re not a cellphone enthusiast. You’re an *IDIOT*! Where do I even begin?

      First, the hardware on the Z5 matches up quite well with any phone. The Galaxy S3? The Z5 has it beat with the display, processor, RAM, camera & battery. It looks like the Z5 lacks a SD card slot and doesn’t have a removable battery….but big picture-wise, the Z5’s hardware trumps the S3.

      Second, paying $300 for this Z5 would be a steal. The hardware here trumps that of the S3…yet it’s priced very competitively. Of course, you paying $800 for a comparable Sony/Samsung device only proves the main theme of this post (Hint: You are an I-D-I-O-T!).

      Third, the Chinese are just getting started here. Sad but true…they will be cutting the profit margins & forcing existing manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, etc..) to innovate even more. Who wins here? Well…the consumer actually. Oh…I almost forgot….chances are quite high that something in your cellphone was from China!

      Lastly, I laughed my head off when you mentioned your “mistresses”. So you bought a $30 cell phone for one, eh? Wow…you must be BIG SHOT!! Or rather just some loser who can’t even hold a job at McDonald’s.

      • MasterMuffin

        It’s th3d againts anti_th3d, fight! :D

  • kalle

    The UI is crap just lik the Oppo 5.. I guess you could root it and use a Custom Rom but yeah..