A household name in the Chinese mobile phone industry for years now, ZTE is slowly but steadily coming out of its fail-proof shell, taking a leap of faith on a US market that’s still reticent to OEMs hailing from that particular part of the world.
Wisely detecting an overcrowding of the high-end niche, ZTE is trying its best to gradually earn the American audience’s trust, starting with users on tight budgets that don’t really want to sacrifice on performance.
Of course, their top choice may remain Google and LG’s Nexus 5, or Motorola’s Moto G looking down on the totem pole, but if you want top-level photo and video quality from your smartphone first and foremost, the Nubia 5s mini is a much better option.
Available on Amazon for $279.99 outright and factory unlocked with 4G LTE connectivity on-board, the “mini” is pretty maxi in the imaging department, carrying a 13 MP snapper with LED flash and autofocus on its rear and beautiful selfie-friendly 5 MP cam on the front.
While there aren’t really any other standout features about ZTE’s Nubia 5s mini, the spec sheet overall is fairly impressive given the humble price tag. The 4.7-inch IGZO screen boasts 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC and 2 GB RAM handle the raw speed and multitasking businesses, and a punchy 2,000 mAh battery keeps the lights on, despite the Android soldier measuring a slender 7.6 mm thin.
Too bad ZTE is not high on Google’s list of friends, and so the Nubia 5s mini has to settle for pre-loaded Jelly Bean as KitKat’s follow-up nears its official rollout.
Via [Phone Arena]