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Rumor: ZTE Nubia Z5 to start selling on Christmas Day
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 techies might get an unexpected treat come December 25.
According to GizChina, one of our most solid and reliable sources of info from the East, ZTE is planning to make the Nubia Z5 available right on the 25th. The 5-inch 1080p beast has not been in the rumor mill for very long, but it seems that ZTE is hurrying up the launch to undercut Oppo.
The Find 5 has been the total opposite of the Nubia Z5, being in the news for several months now. Oppo has tried and mostly succeeded in hyping up the Find 5, but frankly we’ve grown a bit tired about seeing its makers talk the talk and avoid walking the walk.
The thing is, despite the Find 5 looked finally ready for its big stage debut on December 12 (tomorrow), GizChina now claims Oppo is not going to put the super-phone up for sale until January. That would allow ZTE to get a major head start in one of the highest stakes battle ever to go down in China’s smartphone market.
But what exactly makes our tipsters speculate the Z5 is going to start selling this month? Well, for starters, there’s already a live dedicated webpage for ZTE’s new Nubia line of devices. Add in there “reports on Chinese tech sites” and “rumors on Sina Weibo”, and voila, you get your educated guess of the day.
Two other new details seem to have emerged courtesy of “sources”, one that doesn’t surprise us in the least and one that does, but not in a good way. The Nubia Z5 is said to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upon launch (no shocker there) and to have a built-in, non-removable battery inside (bummer, right?).
Previously leaked specs however included a 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pix res panel, a Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and a 13 MP rear-facing camera, so we can still await the launch with some sort of excitement. We’ve also seen a couple of pics showing off the supposedly 7.6 mm thin body of the Z5, though we still have mixed feelings about that design.
So, are you guys betting on the underdog – ZTE’s Nubia Z5 – or the favorite – Oppo’s Find 5?