Good news, everyone! The ZTE nubia Z9 that made its debut in China last month will be coming to the U.S.
The ZTE nubia Z9 will launch in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2015, and it’ll be sold in three models that range in price from $564 to $725. The base Classic model will be available with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a price of $564. One step up from that is the Elite, which features 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a $645 price tag. Finally, the Exclusive model includes the same features as the Elite and adds a fingerprint sensor for $725.
All three models of the nubia Z9 feature a 5.2-inch 1920×1080 display with crazy-thin bezels. Those bezels aren’t just for looks, though, because ZTE has included Frame Interactive Technology that allows you to activate certain features by touching parts of the edges of the screen. For example, you can launch the camera by turning the Z9 sideways and putting your fingertips on all four corners of the screen. You can also take a selfie by squeezing the phone.
Rounding out the nubia Z9’s spec list is an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor; 16-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX234 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and optical image stabilization; an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with wide-angle lens; 4G LTE; a 2900mAh battery; and Android 5.0 Lollipop.
It used to be that almost no phone makers sold their devices directly to U.S. shoppers, but thankfully that trend is changing soon and becoming more like the international market, where manufacturers regularly offer unlocked phones to consumers. Lately we’ve seen Sony, HTC, Motorola, Huawei, and ZTE embrace the trend of selling unlocked phones in the U.S., and it’s awesome to see ZTE keeping that up by planning to launch its high-end nubia Z9 in the States. Obviously it’s kind of a bummer that the U.S. launch of the nubia Z9 is coming months after the Chinese launch, but hey, a late U.S. launch is better than none at all.