After numerous leaks and rumors over the Internet for the last couple of months displaying its bezel-less design, features and specifications, telecommunication equipment maker ZTE has finally pulled the wraps of the flagship smartphone Nubia Z9 in China.
The new flagship device was made official on Wednesday at an event held in Beijing and from the looks of it; it definitely lives up to expectations that may help ZTE ahead of the trend.
The Nubia Z9 is the Chinese handset manufacturer's first device to feature an almost bezel-less design. The smartphone features a 5.2 inch Full HD curved display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, with no bezel around the display that is just 0.8mm thin.
The flagship Nubia Z9 is powered by the latest octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 GPU and a 2,900mAh battery inside with 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, MHL 3.0 and USB OTG in terms of connectivity options. The device runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and has other features like a 16MP rear camera with F2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization, LED flash and Sony Exmor RS sensor, while the front-facing cam has 8MP camera with 80-degree wide viewing angle with Sony Exmor R BSI sensor which is a good selfie camera. In terms of audio capabilities, the device has NeoSound 4.0 and AKM4961 Hi-Fi processor plus Dolby 7.1 surround.
The premium handset is said to be offered in three different variants. The ZTE Nubia Z9 Classic features 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of inbuilt memory, the ZTE Nubia Z9 Elite comes with 4GB of RAM (not specified if LPDDR3 or LPDDR4) and 64GB of inbuilt storage, and the ZTE Nubia Z9 Exclusive comes with 4G of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage as well as a TIO fingerprint scanner on both the power button and volume rocker. However, the company has not specified if the smartphones come with microSD card slots.
The 32GB Classic will cost 3,499 Chinese Yuan ($565) followed by the 64GB Elite for 3,999 Yuan ($645) and the most expensive variant, Exclusive is priced 4,499 Yuan ($726) respectively.
The smartphone launches in China on May 21. Interested buyers in China can pre-register for the Classic and Elite editions ahead of their May 21st launch. This year, the Nubia brand also has plans of expansion in more international markets such as the U.S.; however, there are no details available on the global release yet.