ZTE Nubia Z7 smartphone has WQHD display, Snapdragon 801

Chinese phone maker ZTE has unveiled its latest flagship phone, and on paper the ZTE Nubia Z7 looks like a LG G3 for people who prefer their power and volume buttons on the side of the device instead of the back.

Like the LG G3, the new ZTE phone sports a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 13MP camera.

The Nubia  Z7 isn’t ZTE’s only new phone though.

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The company also unveiled two additional models: The ZTE Nubia Z7 Max and the ZTE Nubia Z7 Mini. Take both of those names with a grain of salt though… they may not mean what you’d think they mean.

For example the Nubia N7 Max is pretty much the same size as the N7, but it has a lower-resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel display and the camera lacks optical image stabilization. The rest of the specs are the same. It’s not clear why ZTE decided to give this 5.5 inch phone the “Max” name.

The ZTE Mini, meanwhile has a smaller screen than the other models… it’s just not much smaller. It has a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display.

It also has mini-storage: this phone sports 16GB of storage instead of 32GB and it has a Snapdragon 801 processor, but it’s clocked at 2 GHz instead of 2.5 GHz.

The ZTE Nubia Z7 is expected to sell for about $550 in China while the Z7 Max will go for about $320 and the Mini has a list price of $240. It’s not clear if or when you’ll be able to get these phones internationally, but ZTE already sells some of its phones in markets around the globe.

via G for Games and GSM Arena

  • CampGareth

    Hmm, these seem to be in similar price points to the oneplus one… thing is, the software has to be there, if they’d get official cyanogenmod support or even a stock-ish ROM that’d be great

    • min009

      Lol. OnePlus is almost vaporwear at this point as ppl still can’t buy it. And the ppl who did get one are complaining about it quite a bit.

      • CampGareth

        Well so is this tbh, can’t buy it outside of china or indeed at all yet. Also, haven’t heard any complaints myself except about the delays, I’m pretty sure you’d find more people complaining that out of the box a fair few chinese phones don’t have play store access :P

      • min009

        There’s a difference. Zte never said they would sell it oversea. Oneplus on the other hand is conning ppl into free marketing.

      • acss

        Installing playstore and gapps aint something that hard, so I dont think its a big deal.
        Chinese phone usually would launch their td model 1st, but the nubia z7 series can be use anywhere as long as your network frequencies and band matches the requirement.

      • Bluegrapes

        Do you know if this phone might come “pre-rooted” or able to be rooted soon?

        I thought the only way to install gapps was to have a rooted phone first because you need a recovery manager to install gapps with.

        This phone is useless to me if I can’t easily install google services.

      • acss

        It wont come pre rooted, but root should be available pretty soon. Yes you will need to install the entire gapps package through recovery, but booting into custom recovery doesn’t mean 100% required root.

        On my just sold ZTE Grand SII, I just installed those one press recovery program to my pc, then connect my phone to pc with usb and all required drivers installed, select to boot into custom recovery through the program and my phone will auto reboot into the custom recovery where I could select to install the gapps from sd card. Totally no root needed.

      • Peter

        I just got the Z7 mini, dual SIM card with access to all networks.. An absolutely amazing phone, but no access to Gmail or play store. Tried installing the app, but when you put in your user name and password out even try to create a new one, it won’t allow access. Not sure if there is a fix except from the manufacturer, but I’m open to suggestions. Thank you…

      • Bluegrapes

        The OnePlus One is just a marketing stunt. By selling it at a loss and getting people to market the phone for free for the company through social networking and positive word of the mouth so they could get their precious invites, the company could get good sell numbers when they sell it at it’s real price point.

        But this might backfire on them because by the time the general public might be able to buy this phone, there will already be phones released with better specs for around the same price, like the phones in this article.

        The sad thing is that if I didn’t have to jump through so many stupid hoops just to get a invite for this phone I would have brought the $299 version already. But the Nubia Mini might go on sale for $249 in the US so i guess it isn’t a big lose. :D

      • acss

        I fully agree with the marketing part. As a new company with totally empty track record, it just couldn’t cope up with the production. I personally already using a snapdragon 801 phone even before oneplus one launch at a cheaper price.

    • Bluegrapes

      I hope so. It doesn’t have the mediatek processor like so many other cheap phones have so there could be a chance to get custom roms on this phone.

  • John Moosmiller

    My best guess for the “MAX” naming is it will provide the “MAX”immum value.

  • min009

    The price for the mini can’t be right. That’s pretty much flagship specs.

    • acss

      Its no fraud. Price is already stated at nubia official site for days. Z7 is priced at 3456 chinese yuan, Max is at 1999 chinese yuan and Mini is 1499 chinese yuan. This is what I really call flagship killer. You could visit nubia.cn for the details

  • Bluegrapes

    Finally, the perfect cheap-ass phone for me!!! :)
    The z7 Mini has flagship specs for a poverty-phone price. And I thought I would be forced to get a moto g.
    Is there a release date?

    • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

      Is this some new definition of “cheap” that I haven’t heard before?

    • acss

      Only Max and Mini is currently in pre booking stage till 16th July. Phone will be available on 18th July 10am (GMT+8). Already secured myself a slot for Max in the booking phase and hopefully with some luck, could get 1 during the 1st launch.

      • Bluegrapes

        Do you know any legitimate international (or at least US) sellers that might be selling this phone too when it comes out?

        And when you mean “pre-booking” stage do you mean preorder stage? If you mean pre-order do you think I should pre-order one before it’s release? I have a feeling this phone will sell out pretty fast. (At least the mini/max versions will.)

      • acss

        Even with a successful pre booking also wont it wont guarantee anything, as the booking amounts can easily reach close to 500k or more. All I can say is chances to get one without booking is extremely slim, which unless you pay slight extra to scalpers.

        In just 2 days +, registered booking for Max reach 260k+ and 380k+ for mini when I posted this, which is just the one which book through JD.com only. Amount on Nubia.cn is remain unknowned.

        http://sale.jd.com/act/fEYlihC8NXrKVaQn.html

      • acss

        Successful booking could enjoy some few lucky spin daily, which most likely discount voucher when purchasing zte / nubia accessories. The Max & Mini, as well as the red bull v5 is also in the prize list for the lucky spin.

  • acss

    The measurement of Z7 is totally wrong, the correct one would be 153.2 x 75.7 x 8.9, Max is 152.7 x 76 x 8.7 where Mini 140.9 x 69.3 x 8.2. All 3 models are dual sim dual 4g dual standby.

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      Yeah, those stats seemed a little fishy to me too. I saw conflicting measurements in different reports though, so I’m just going to remove that section from the article for now.

      • acss

        That was actually some mistakes on nubia site, which is now being corrected over nubia.cn

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