by Adrian Diaconescu, 6 months ago
While most of us Android enthusiasts in the West will probably take a break from technology on Christmas Day, spend some quality time with our families and check our stockings for presents from Santa, Chinese…
Though you probably didn’t pay much attention at that time, you might remember ZTE said back in October 2011 that the Nubia family of smartphones will include several high-enders. The first of these, dubbed Z5, got an unveiling soon after, but there’s been nothing in the rumor mill about any cousins, brothers or uncles.
That is until now, because we’ve just got word about a Nubia Z7 “beast”. As you might suspect, this is an even more outrageous device than the Z5 hardware-wise, being rumored to come with a 6.3-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution display and an octo-core processor.
Wait, what, 6.3-inch panel with above 1080p resolution and an 8-core CPU? Is that even possible? Well, why not? Huawei’s just made the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate official, so bumping the screen with an additional 0.2 inches doesn’t sound that crazy. Meanwhile, Samsung’s taken the wraps off the world’s first mobile processor with 8 cores, so why wouldn’t ZTE get in on the fun (be it with or without Samsung’s help)?
Wishful thinking aside though, we have to admit we just don’t see ZTE capable of coming out with such a dreamy device so soon after the Nubia Z5 and Grand S. After all, we’re not talking about a giant company like Samsung that can work on many different devices at a time, but a much smaller one with probably a fourth of Sammy’s financial and human resources. Not to mention a 6.3-incher with such specs sounds like a huge risk in a Chinese market that’s still mostly focused on budget-friendly devices.
Okay, now you’re probably all bummed and depressed because of me, so I’ll stop with the rationalizations and get back in the “dreamatorium”. Where, according to GizChina, the Z7 also gets 128 GB of on-board storage, a 4,000 mAh battery that’s suddenly starting to sound so small, a 16 MP rear-facing snapper, a Mali-T658 GPU, Android 5.0 and 4G LTE.
As you can notice, even if we blatantly disregard the realities of today’s smartphone market, we still get a monster device that’s months or years away from an actual commercial release (the “possible” running of Android 5.0 hints on that). But wouldn't the Z7 be so sweet if it were to come with all those goodies? No, really, would it or wouldn't it be, seeing as not everyone seems to be convinced that bigger is always better?