Chinese company ZTE has been taking some pretty big steps lately to push itself into the phablet market, having announced a new upcoming phablet yesterday and releasing the Nubia Z5 today. The Nubia Z5 was launched in China, and offers surprisingly high-end specs for a company known for its typically low-end devices. The handset is priced at the equivalent of $400.
The Nubia Z5 features a 5-inch full HD display at 1920 x 1080p. Inside, you’ll find a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of RAM. The handset runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, and features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The battery is 2,500mAh. The design itself shows a relatively small bezel and three buttons along the bottom, meaning users won’t lose any pixels to on-screen buttons.
There’s no word on whether the handset will be available outside of China, but one can hope. Two other ZTE phablet-sized smartphones are also slated for release in the upcoming year, likely slated for the earlier part of 2013. Unfortunately, not all the handsets will be as high-quality as the Nubia Z5, including the recently announced U887.
The U887 is the Nubia Z5’s antithesis, offering a resolution of only 800 x 400, and a paltry 512MB of RAM alongside its dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The internal storage comes in at 4GB, although there’s presumably a microSD slot like on ZTE’s other handsets. The battery is smaller at 2,000mAh. There’s no word on when it will be available.
[via Android Community]