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ZTE announces Nubia Z7 with 5.5-inch QHD display

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE has launched its latest high-end model and looking at the Nubia Z7's specifications it's clear the new model aims to compete at the very top of the market. The Nubia comes with a 13MP imaging sensor in its camera module, and while no information on sensor size has been released we're assuming that it's a 1/3-inch variant. Light is captured through a lens with an F2.0 maximum aperture and an optical image stabilization system is available for keeping things steady in low light. The Dual-LED flash should ensure pleasant white balance in flash captures and at the front a 5MP camera provides enough pixels for the occasional selfie. 

Images can be viewed and composed on a 5.5-inch QHD-display with the stunning density of 538 ppi. Android 4.4.2 and the Nubia 2.0 UI are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Soc and 3GB of RAM. 32GB built-in storage provide plenty of space for images and video but unfortunately there is no micoSD-slot for expansion.

The dual-SIM connectivity will be useful for travelers and users of more than one network and at 3,000mAh the battery has a decent amount of capacity, too. The Nubia 7 is currently priced at CNY 3,450 (approximately US$550) but no information about availability and pricing outside China has been given yet.

For those who don't want to invest quite as much money in their device ZTE has launched two more version of the Nubia Z7. The Nubia Z7 Max is pretty much identical to the Z7 but comes with a standard 1080p screen resolution, 2GB of RAM and no optical image stabilization. The third new device, the Z7 Mini takes the Max versions's specs and reduces the screen size to 5-inches. 

The 13MP camera module has very similar specifications to the LG G3.
The Nubia Z7 comes with an optiical image stabilization system.

Key Specifications:

  • 13MP Sony Exmor BSI CMOS Sensor
  • F2.0 Aperture
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Dual-LED (dual-tone) Flash
  • 4K video
  • 5MP front camera
  • 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel (QHD) display (538ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, quad-core 2.5 GHz
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Android 4.4.2
  • Dual-Sim
  • 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery

Source: ZTE | Via: GSM Arena


Comments

Total comments: 35
Mike FL
By Mike FL (2 months ago)

ZTE is kind of like Nokia, announces three phones, Nubia Z7, Z7 Max and Z7 mini at same time.

The more, the better, but I do not think any of these (including Apple, Sony, or Samsung) will beat 2 years old HTC-one in low-light.

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martinj68
By martinj68 (2 months ago)

Also, why never any 25/50p video caperbilities for PAL countries?
where as proper cameras are dedicated to either PAL or NTSC depending on region. this really sucks for us PAL users when it comes to putting a mix of video clips together onto disc shot from our PAL camcorders and our NTSC phones.

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martinj68
By martinj68 (2 months ago)

I still don't understand why phones get top notch features for cameras before proper cameras do, yet phones cant utilize these top notch features as well as a camera can.
You may say because of demand, but in the real world, phone users demand a phone and use the camera mainly just for blogs on facebook and youtube, yet if your serious about 4k video, you'd get a proper camera before the phone, and there is demand for this, but virtually no supply!

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (2 months ago)

I would say two reasons:

1) Smartphone market is growing quickly and is highly competitive. It has a vast future, and companies are trying to get the biggest piece of that pie.

2) You can do a LOT more with a small sensor given a certain amount of processing power and speed. 4k video is MUCH easier to do on a 1/3" sensor than it is to do on, say, an APS-C sensor or a full-frame sensor. Large sensors have the advantage of more light gathering, but small sensors have the advantage of faster processing for a given chip processor speed. A full-frame DSLR doesn't have a lot to choose from in terms of processor chips, so they maybe using something similar to a Smartphone chip to process a much larger sensor's output. It's like taking the 4-cylinder engine out of a Honda Civic and putting it in a 3/4-ton pickup truck and asking it to accelerate at the same speed. Ain't gonna happen.

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Photog74
By Photog74 (2 months ago)

My first smartphone was a ZTE Blade. It had an awesome display for such a cheap handset, but the RAM and built-in storage were too small, and the camera was very far from being great. ZTE seems to have had serious QC issues too - both my first copy and that of my wife had to be replaced due to faulty speakers. This one seems like a decent piece of kit though.

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Jane79
By Jane79 (2 months ago)

Lars, could you post the tag that has to be used in the new "homepage personalization" section of the account settings to not get any Connect related news on the homepage? "phone-news" and "connect" do not work. A list of all working tags would be even better! Thank you so very much!

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

sorry, can you please post the question in our feedback forum and I am sure one of the DPR developers will be able to help you. As far as I am aware the tags I put on a story do not have any impact on the filtering.

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Jane79
By Jane79 (2 months ago)

I did. A week ago. No reply from DPR.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (2 months ago)

the QHD eats power too much and with inferior display performance compared to a good 1080 display.
I'd skip this generation.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (2 months ago)

Nubia is a swiss singer with Swiss/nigerian roots. Very nice woman from my town. Maybe ZTE has found it there.

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kff
By kff (2 months ago)

I would like that, but I need sw like Snapseed plug-in in the Photoshop Touch or Snapseed with layers and some tools from Photoshop for retouching :) But the best way would be Photoshop CC with Nik Collection plug-ins on the Android / iOS / Chrome ...

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (2 months ago)

ZTE is from nowhere as far as we know, but...

"Wait, who? How ZTE became the third most popular smartphone maker in the US"

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/zte-is-the-third-largest-smartphone-manufacturer-but-how/#!bbjrjm

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (2 months ago)

Instead of this, buy the food analyzer being touted on Kickstarter. If you are going to eat anything from China, it'll tell you if it's full of heavy metal contamination, melamine, etc.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (2 months ago)

That's why China bought Smithfield Foods which is the LARGEST pork producer and processor in the United States.

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (2 months ago)

I heard the U.S. rejected a shipload of lead imported from China because it was contaminated with toys...

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (2 months ago)

FWIW:
"...Since November, China has rejected more than a million metric tons of U.S. corn, citing the use of a certain trait of a genetically-modified corn seed the country has not approved for import..."

http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1901601.html

BTW:
It costs lot of $$$ for round trips to ship "more than a million metric tons of corn" to china and back to US -

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dzukela
By dzukela (2 months ago)

spyware, malware, china gov. surveillance ...

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peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

Qi charging? Material of the bodies? Does Z7 mini have 3,000 mAh battery too?

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martinj68
By martinj68 (2 months ago)

Can someone please explain why we need QHD displays on a phone screen?
My Galaxy S5 has full 1080 and impossible to see the pixels with the naked eye, so why are manufactures wanting to go beyond this already high res for such a small screen?

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Silvarum
By Silvarum (2 months ago)

Because we can!

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wetsleet
By wetsleet (2 months ago)

Would be nice if someone of DPR's standing could do a proper "blind" trial of phone screens, something I have yet to see on any of the "advertorial" review sites.
"Blind" is perhaps an unfortunate description in this case, but I mean that in a comparative review of several competing screens the reviewers (plural) must have no way to know which screen is being looked at, not even whether it is the same screen or a different one, over a course of multiple viewings.

Please DPR, nobody else has ever done this.

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (2 months ago)

Maybe they are trailblazing the technology prior to its use on larger monitors? Any QC issues will be harder for the layperson to detect on a miniature phone screen.

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LukeDuciel
By LukeDuciel (2 months ago)

There is actually a lot of comparisons on Youtube.

one word: there IS a visible difference between FHD and QHD screen at 5.5~6in range. Whether the difference being meaningful should be left to individual to judge.

Search MKBHD, the guys compared G3 screen and showed clearly what to expect for a QHD screen.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (2 months ago)

This is not photography news DP. I understand review of iPhones, HTC One, Xperia Z, Galaxy S5 and Nokias because each claim to have new features that will improve photo taking experience but this ZTE make no such claim.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

well, it's got a pretty good looking camera specification and is ZTE's equivalent of all those phones you mention.

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (2 months ago)

Well said Lars.

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Jogger
By Jogger (2 months ago)

Probably made in the same FOXCONN factory as the LG version.

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kwa_photo
By kwa_photo (2 months ago)

Who buys a ZTE phone anyway? Never heard of them before. Are they available only in China?

Update: I found there is an ZTE USA website. Nothing like a third or fourth tier manufacturer for one of the devices people use dozens (if not hundreds) of times a day. Either get an iPhone or an Android from a strong vendor (Samsung, etc.).

Why ZTE? Isn't that sort of like setting out to get a new point and shoot digital camera and right off looking for a Polaroid digital, Casio or one of the few old Agfa digitals?

I guess I'm confused on who buys a ZTE and why it's getting any play here on DPR Connect; other than it crams in what is likely a poor implementation of 4k video. Plus the cost is estimated at $550 USD? At that rate, go and get a nice higher end Samsung, HTC, etc. Android or iPhone...or even a Windows phone from a big name.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

Not too many years ago the only Samsung product I knew of was the cheap TVs they were selling at Walmart. Now it's the largest smartphone maker in the world. In a few years from now you'll find the Chinese brands like Huawei,ZTE and OnePlus averywhere I'd guess. You can buy them already btw, just check Amazon. A lot of ZTE phones are also sold under carrier branding (although those tend to be the lower tier models).

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (2 months ago)

An American friend in China uses a Nubia. It looks stunning and slim. That said I would rather get a Samsung for that price.

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byhyew
By byhyew (2 months ago)

It´s the same kind of skepticism people had toward Toyota cars, LG TVs, Sony cameras, Samsung phones, and what else? Who knows, in time ZTE might turn out just as famous. Just look at other Chinese companies that have already climbed the ladders like Huawei and Lenovo. Anyway, competition is always welcome.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (2 months ago)

Lenovo ? Lenovo is an IBM luxury division that was bought by the chinese.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

that's not quite correct. Lenovo is a Chinese company and has always has been. They bought IBM's PC division a few years back. And now they are in the process of buying Motorola...

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (2 months ago)

Lenovo enjoys a reputation of providing outstanding-quality laptops, highly-reliable workhorses. However, they are also on the short list of mfrs. the U.S. gov't. will not allow into federal agencies due to spyware risk.

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mick232
By mick232 (2 months ago)

Do not buy ZTE phones if you want regular firmware updates.

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