High-end ZTE Nubia Z7 teased and leaked
Jun06

High-end ZTE Nubia Z7 teased and leaked

It turns out that the ZTE Nubia Z7 won’t be a humongous phablet, as we thought back in November of last year. The Chinese company has already launched its very big handset in March, and called it Nubia X6. However, a Nubia Z7 is still coming. ZTE has in fact posted the image you see below to its official Weibo account, alongside the text “Z7, a little more beautiful”. So the company itself has pretty much confirmed the name of its next flagship smartphone. But what could it be packing under the hood? MyDrivers and its sources come to the rescue on this, while also bringing us two leaked photos showing a part of the Z7’s front (below). Clearly then, this device will be offered in at least two color versions (white and black). It should sport a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and it will feature Nubia UI 2.0, the latest from ZTE on this front. The Nubia Z7 will apparently be priced at 2,777 yuan, which right now amounts to approximately $444 or €325, a very compelling price point for such a monster. The handset may get official sometime before the end of this month, so stick around for...

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Upcoming ZTE device could be the first to sport LTE-capable MediaTek CPU, leak shows
May29

Upcoming ZTE device could be the first to sport LTE-capable MediaTek CPU, leak shows

According to leaked information coming out of China, the very first smartphone to feature MediaTek’s first LTE-capable processor will be made by ZTE. MediaTek unveiled the MT6595 true octa-core chipset with 4G LTE support back in December, and it was supposed to be out in shipping devices at the beginning of this year. That still hasn’t happened, though, but it’s apparently going to – and pretty soon. What you see below is an upcoming ZTE smartphone which may be the first in the world to use MediaTek’s 4G capable chip. It doesn’t have a name yet (or it simply hasn’t been leaked), but it could be part of the Chinese company’s RedBull-branded lineup, comprising of cheap yet decently specced offerings (a la Xiaomi’s wares or Huawei’s Honor sub-brand). The handset comes with a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, the aforementioned processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 2,300 mAh battery. If it will in fact be part of the RedBull line, then we should probably expect it to be priced somewhere between 799 and 999 yuan (that’s around $128 to $160 at the current exchange rates). And unfortunately that means we aren’t likely to see it being officially sold anywhere but in China. Via...

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ZTE Nubia X6 sells out in 9.8 seconds
May21

ZTE Nubia X6 sells out in 9.8 seconds

When it comes to selling out mobile devices in record-breaking times, Xiaomi is usually the company that comes to mind. It achieves its record sellouts both thanks to the incredibly big number of people who want to purchase its wares and the fact that it releases its products in batches. This time around, though, it isn’t Xiaomi boasting about selling out of a certain smartphone in a record amount of time. It’s actually ZTE. The company says it sold out of its first batch of Nubia X6 phablets in less than 10 seconds. 9.8, to be exact. That’s… mind-boggling, and it comes to confirm how phablet-crazed Asia is in general (and China in particular). However, ZTE hasn’t made the size of that first batch of Nubia X6 units public, so this achievement may actually be less impressive than it first appears. If we’re talking about 100,000 units, it’s one thing. And it’s quite another if ZTE only had 5,000 handsets to sell on the first occasion. And since it isn’t bragging about the amount of devices sold, just the time it took for them to sell out, the second version is a lot more likely – namely, that this wasn’t a big batch to begin with. The Nubia X6 will again go on sale on May 27 at 10 AM, though it’s still limited to China. Let’s hope ZTE will provide more units this time around. Via...

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ZTE Nubia W5 with Windows Phone 8.1 revealed
May15

ZTE Nubia W5 with Windows Phone 8.1 revealed

Like we told you last year, ZTE is getting ready to re-enter the Windows Phone world in 2014. Following a few less than successful offerings in 2012, the Chinese company will release at least one Windows Phone this year. And that may be called Nubia W5. Yes, it looks like ZTE will use its Nubia premium brand for its first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. So far, we’ve only seen Android-powered Nubia-branded wares, but that’s set to change. The W5 will keep the Nubia line’s design, and it’s rumored to come with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, 4G LTE support, and a huge 4,500 mAh battery. To fit that one in, we’re wondering just how big the Nubia W5’s screen will have to be. Anyway, with such a battery capacity this can only be a phablet. The current top of the line Lumia 930 from Nokia pales in comparison to the Nubia W5 when it comes to the chipset used, as well as the amount of RAM and internal storage. Nokia still has a higher-res camera, but with OIS the ZTE’s snapper won’t be bad either. So it looks like this ZTE Nubia W5 may not just be that company’s highest-end Windows Phone ever, but a true flagship for Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. That is, if this information pans out. Which brings us to the image you can see above – it may depict the actual looks of the Nubia W5, or it could be a mere concept. It’s impossible to tell at this point. Via IT...

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Cheap, low-end ZTE Concord II launches for T-Mobile and MetroPCS
May15

Cheap, low-end ZTE Concord II launches for T-Mobile and MetroPCS

ZTE has announced a new smartphone today, and it’s a budget offering that’s been created specially for T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It’s called ZTE Concord II, and is supposedly the follow-up to the original Concord from 2012. The ZTE Concord II should become available at T-Mobile today, and it will be offered by MetroPCS too starting on May 19 (that’s next Monday, by the way). The second Concord doesn’t excel at the spec game, but should prove worthy of attention for someone seeking her or his first smartphone. It comes with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 2, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8210), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot, and a 1,820 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Given the fact that support for LTE networks wasn’t mentioned once in the official press release, we’re assuming this one will be a 3G-only device. At T-Mobile, the Concord II has shed the ZTE branding and is going as the T-Mobile Concord II – though it’s still listed as out of stock. It’s been priced at $120 on prepaid (though after purchasing a refill card and a SIM starter kit you’re up to $160). We’re assuming that MetroPCS’ price will be somewhat (if not entirely)...

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ZTE Blade L2 launched with low-end specs, disappointing screen resolution
May08

ZTE Blade L2 launched with low-end specs, disappointing screen resolution

Most, if not all of the smartphones that have so far been part of ZTE’s Blade series, along with their carrier-branded versions, have been sold quite well in parts of Europe at least. So the Chinese company, obviously proud of those past accomplishments, has now introduced a new member in this line. And, like its predecessors, it will probably be extremely affordable. Yet unlike the other Blades before it this has one serious flaw. Let’s talk specs first though, before going into that. The ZTE Blade L2 comes with a 5-inch 480×854 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 0.3 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 3G, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 142.5×72.2×8.95 mm. The camera is pretty low-res but still (barely) acceptable for a low-end device, there is no mention of microSD card expansion in the official press release but we’re hoping that’s just an oversight and it is actually there, the OS version this handset runs is positively ancient – but the most glaring issue with the Blade L2 is its screen. Not the size, mind you, for 5 inches is quickly becoming the new mainstream. No, we’re talking about that appalling resolution. Unless your eyesight is really bad or you simply love counting pixels, a 5-inch touchscreen with 480×854 resolution is just a big no-no. And that’s a shame, for many may have accepted the other compromises this phone makes if it’s going to be aggressively priced. But with such a low-res display, it’s unclear who this is for exactly. Perhaps ZTE is targeting people who don’t know what the concept of screen resolution is. In that case, it’s sure to have some pretty disappointed customers, and fast. And it’s unlikely that those people will ever buy a ZTE smartphone again. Anyway, if you must know – the ZTE Blade L2 is now out in Greece and Spain, and it will arrive in Germany, the UK, Slovakia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela at some point before 2015 comes knocking. It will only be available in white, as pictured in the image...

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Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE all want to overshadow OnePlus One launch next week
Apr17

Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE all want to overshadow OnePlus One launch next week

On April 23, China-based smartphone manufacturing startup OnePlus is due to unveil its first ever device, the One. It has so far been teased extensively by its maker, and we basically already know everything about it save for one detail: what it looks like. On that front, all we’ve been led to believe is that it will come with insanely small bezels. Otherwise, the OnePlus One should sport a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16 or 64 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo speakers, and a non-removable 3,100 mAh battery. It’s expected to run a special version of CyanogenMod based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Impressive specs, undoubtedly, but more impressive is that the OnePlus One will be sold for under $400 (in the US), under £290 (in the UK), and under €350 (in the Eurozone). So you can see why some other Chinese smartphone makers may be worried. In fact, three of OnePlus’ competitors have decided to also launch new stuff next week – two on the exact same day as the new company, and another one day prior to that. Coincidence? Probably not. Xiaomi will announce something on April 23, though it’s unclear what exactly. The teaser image (which you can see above) doesn’t really help identify what this is – a tablet, perhaps? Or a trackpad accessory for a computer? Or a new wireless router? It could be anything, but it’s going to get unveiled on April 23, that’s for sure. The Xiaomi Mi3S, the company’s newest flagship smartphone, may also get official on that occasion, rumor has it. ZTE, through its Nubia brand, will also do something on April 23, though for now we don’t know whether this will be a new product being announced or the recently unveiled Nubia X6 phablet going on sale. Either way, ZTE has something up its sleeve for next Wednesday too. Last but not least, Huawei is set to introduce the Honor X1 on April 22. This will be a new entrant in the Honor family that now stands for decently specced yet extremely affordable devices, and it’s been rumored to sport a 1.6 GHz HiSilicon processor and cost only 1,799 yuan (which would be around $289 or €208 at the current exchange rates). Via...

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ZTE Nubia X6 phablet announced in China with top notch specs, 13 MP front camera, 4,250 mAh battery
Mar25

ZTE Nubia X6 phablet announced in China with top notch specs, 13 MP front camera, 4,250 mAh battery

Right on schedule, ZTE has announced the Nubia X6 phablet today. It’s actually more of a tablet than even a phablet, coming with a gigantic 6.44-inch touchscreen. It’s got 1080p Full HD resolution, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and optical image stabilization, a 13 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32, 64, or 128 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE, dual-SIM support, NFC, and a 4,250 mAh battery. It runs Android, obviously, but which exact version isn’t clear just yet. It’s just 7.9 mm thin. The Nubia X6 with 32 GB of storage is paired with a lower-clocked 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU, and it’s been priced at 2,999 yuan, which means $483 or €350 at the current exchange rates. The 64 GB model will go for 3,499 yuan, or around $564 or €409. If you need 128 GB of space, you’ll have to pay 3,999 yuan, or approximately $644 or €467. The Nubia brand hasn’t so far gotten a truly global rollout, so we assume that the X6 will be limited to China at least in the beginning. Via CNMO, GizChina here and...

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ZTE Nubia X6 certified in China, pictures and specs now out
Mar20

ZTE Nubia X6 certified in China, pictures and specs now out

ZTE has chosen to unveil its next Nubia-branded smartphone on March 25, which is the same day on which HTC will finally make the new One official (coincidence or not). So far the Chinese company itself has teased the Nubia X6 once or twice, and we’ve heard that it would be a phablet – maybe even a pretty big one. That turns out to have been true, apparently. TENAA, which is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, has just certified a new ZTE Nubia phone. And since we haven’t heard about ZTE launching any other Nubia-branded device in the near future, we’re assuming this is in fact the X6. If so, these above are the first ever pictures of it, so feast your eyes upon them, will you? Alongside the images we also get a few specs for good measure. The Nubia X6 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and should come with a positively huge 6.44-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, TD-LTE, and TD-SCDMA support. This means we’re looking at a model destined for China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier by number of subscribers. That said, we fully expect there to be other versions of the Nubia X6, perhaps tailor made for the other two carriers in China. We may even see an unlocked variation, that could at some point in the future even be offered in the USA. But with such a big screen, the Nubia X6 is more of a tablet than a phablet, and as such is probably going to be nothing more than a niche device. Its dimensions are 175.9x89x7.9 mm, and it weighs 220...

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ZTE chooses to announce the Nubia X6 on the same day as the new HTC One
Mar14

ZTE chooses to announce the Nubia X6 on the same day as the new HTC One

In a pretty odd move, ZTE decided that the only day of the year in which it could officially unveil the Nubia X6 was the same day in which HTC will have its big event for the all new One: March 25. Generally, smartphone makers want to make sure that no other big events are scheduled on the same day in which they want to introduce a new device, but there have been exceptions to this rule. Notably, when big shows such as CES, MWC, or IFA take place, many different things get announced on the same day. And Google has been known to troll some of its competitors from time to time by holding events on the same day as them. It’s unclear whether ZTE is doing this as a power play against HTC, or if it wants the Nubia X6 to become famous simply by association with that date. Regardless, this is one brand that the Chinese company has so far kept confined to China and the US, so it’s unlikely that the Nubia X6 would impact the all new One’s launch very much. The Nubia X6 has so far been rumored to come with support for all possible network technologies – LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, CDMA, as well as GSM. So that means all three Chinese carriers will likely get a version of the handset. Specs that have already been confirmed by ZTE include wireless charging support, and a rear camera with optical image stabilization. Some other leaks talked about a 13 or 16 MP main camera, and a 6-inch (or larger) screen with 1080p Full HD resolution, or perhaps even 2,560×1,440 QHD. More things should be leaking in the near future now that the launch date has been set. Via...

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