ZTE has long teased a top-shelf sequel for the Nubia Z5 and Z5S bizarrely named Nubia Z7, but what’s even more bizarre is the China-based OEM ended up unveiling three high-end new members of the family.
The base Nubia Z7 is joined by a Z7 Max that’s neither larger, nor punchier than it, plus a Z7 Mini that’s, all bezels accounted for, taller, despite boasting the smallest usable screen real estate surface. Little quirks aside, the three smartphones look like huge box-office hits in the making, courtesy of outstanding quality-price ratios.
The $550 (in China) Z7 replicates LG G3’s specifications almost to the letter, including a massive, vibrant 5.5-inch Quad HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU and 3 GB RAM. The 13 MP rear-facing camera touts optical image stabilization, and the 5 MP front snapper sounds ideal for selfie addicts.
Meanwhile, the Z7 Max will start at the equivalent of $320 on Asian shores, lowering the res bar to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, keeping size in check and settling for “just” 2 GB RAM. Finally, the Z7 Mini shrinks the actual screen to 5 inches, but stretches the borders enough to feel bigger in the hand than both the Z7 and Z7 Max.
Not in a good way, mind you, so naturally, pricing drops to $240. Some battery sacrifices are needed to reach that sensible point, although I think we can all agree Android 4.4 KitKat, Snapdragon 801 power and 2 GB RAM are mind-blowing features for sub-$250. If only ZTE were more open to markets outside its homeland.
Via [GSM Arena]