ZTE Nubia Z5

While this year’s December 21 shouldn’t have been awfully special, being just the pesky last workday before Christmas, the planets seemed to align in a very funny way, with three big events set to happen today.

First, according to the ancient Mayans, the world was going to end. A pretty big deal normally, but not that special after an even more earth-shattering piece of news came to our attention – PSY’s Gangnam Style was set to become YouTube’s first video to reach 1 billion views.

And for the trifecta to be completed, ZTE was rumored to take the veils off its much awaited Nubia Z5 smartphone. But then December 21 came and we realized we’d been cheated. First off by the Mayans. Oh, well, some of us still remember Y2K, so another failed apocalypse is not that shocking.

What may just be more shocking is that the tipsters who pinned down Nubia Z5’s release for today were proven wrong too. And that’s the way the cookie crumbles for all of us excited about another 1080p smartphone, while somewhere in Korea a certain chubby rapper with dark glasses is once again doing his happy dance. Op, Op, Op, Oppa billion style!


This might be your day again, PSY, but come December 26 the Z5 is going to be in the spotlight. That’s when ZTE has officially announced the 5-incher is going to be unveiled, although it’s still unclear if it’ll go up for sale immediately after or not.

There’s even a nice countdown on Nubia’s dedicated website, which at the time of this writing has the launch happening in 5 days and one hour.

No official update on the beast’s spec sheet, which means all we have are rumors saying the Z5 will come sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear-facing snapper, a 2 MP front-facing cam, a 2,500 mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2.

We also “know” the phone will measure 7.9 mm in thickness and that it’ll cost just $400 in an unlocked flavor, while outside of Asia it’ll most likely be called the Grand S.

One new tidbit that has been revealed today is Nubia’s score in an AnTuTu benchmark. That’s said to be over 22,000 points, which would be almost twice Samsung Galaxy S3’s performance. We don’t have any corroborating evidence at the moment, but if that result proves real ZTE definitely has a winner here. Do you guys agree? Is the Nubia Z5 a bigger deal than PSY’s billion or the apocalypse?

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