ZTE’s Nubia Z9 smartphone has been teased for quite some time now, but the device has finally gone official sporting a very impressive specs sheet and an interesting design.
While the display of the handset is 1080p (5.2 inch panel), it’s the design that will grab your attention at first glance. ZTE has utilized a 2.5D curved glass, which we’ve also seen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
There are practically no side bezels here, which was a trend sparked off by the LG G2 a couple of years ago and has positively impacted the market. Other features of the smartphone include an octa core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3 or 4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of internal storage, a 16-megapixel f/2.0 camera on the back, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and a 2,900 mAh battery.
The top end model also comes with TIO (three-in-one) fingerprint scanning technology, which lets you scan fingerprints from the power button as well as the volume rockers. The exact functionality of this feature is yet to be understood completely, but it seems to be a novel idea.
In the audio department, the Nubia Z9 uses the NeoSound 4.0 and a AKM4961 Hi-Fi processor with Dolby 7.1 surround sound, so multimedia lovers will instantly be attracted to the handset.
The company will have three tiers of the smartphone known as Classic, Elite and Exclusive. The Classic model features 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and is priced at 3,499 CNY ($563). The Elite variant has 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage on board with a price tag of 3,999 CNY ($644).
The top end Exclusive edition model has same amount of RAM and storage as the Elite version, but comes with the aforementioned TIO fingerprint scanner. This model is pretty expensive with a quoted price of 4,499 CNYor $725.