The Nubia Z7 line was ZTE’s flagship line for 2014. The company has announced three devices as part of this line back in 2014, the Nubia Z7, Nubia Z7 Mini and the Nubia Z7 Max. Basically every rumor / report that came our way stated that the company will skip over the Nubia Z8 branding and go straight to Nubia Z9. We’ve been seeing a lot of leaks and official teasers recently, and this China-based company has even confirmed the Nubia Z9 launch for March 26th a while back. Well, that date has came and ZTE has announced only 2 out of three devices from the Nubia Z9 line, which came as a bit of a surprise. The company has announced the Nubia Z9 Mini and the Nubia Z9 Max, but the Nubia Z9 is nowhere to be found. Coincidentally, that is the device which was supposed to sport virtually no bezel on the left and right side. Anyhow, let’s see what ZTE had to say at their event today.
The Nubia Z9 Max features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080, 401 PPI)) display (protected by Gorilla Glass 3) along with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB). Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor is powering on this handset along with an Adreno 430 GPU. The Nubia Z9 Max is made out of aluminum and it will ship with a 2,900mAh battery. On the back of the device you’ll find a 16-megapixel CMOS camera (F/2.0 aperture) which is flanked by an LED flash, and on the front of the device you get an 8-megapixel CMOS snapper (1.4um pixel size, 80-degree view). This handset also supports 4G LTE, both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE are supported. NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and MHL 3.0 are supported here.
The Nubia Z9 Mini looks basically identical to the Nubia Z9 Max, but it’s smaller. The Nubia Z9 Mini features a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080, 441 PPI) display and 2GB of RAM. Unlike the Nubia Z9 Max, this handset is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor which ships with an Adreno 405 GPU for graphics. This handset also supports 4G LTE like its bigger brother, and has the same camera sensors on the inside. Both of these handsets come with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed with ZTE’s Nubia UI 2.8 on top of Google’s operating system. The Nubia Z9 Max is priced at 2,499 Yuan ($402), while the Nubia Z9 Mini costs 1,499 Yuan ($241).