The Nubia Z9 has definitely been one of the most leaked devices this year, if not on top of that list. This handset has been surfacing all over the internet for the last couple of months showing off its ‘bezel-less’ design, specifications and all sorts of features along the way. ZTE has also released a ton of official teasers over that period of time and definitely managed to hype up this device. Well, the company has finally announced their long-awaited flagship which joins the likes of Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 Mini which were announced quite recently. Anyhow, ZTE has just announced the Nubia Z9 in China, let’s see what this handset has to offer and how accurate were all the leaks.
ZTE’s Nubia Z9 flagship features a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) 2.5D curved glass display along with 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. ZTE’s flagship is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor which ships with an Adreno 430 GPU for graphics. The 16-megapixel OIS camera (f/2.0 aperture, 6P optical lens, 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor) is located on the back of this handset and flanked by an LED flash. The 80-degree wide-angle 8-megapixel shooter (1.4Î¼m pixel size, CMOS sensor) is available on the front side of this device. Those cameras take advantage of what ZTE calls ‘NeoVision 5.1 interface’, which is essentially the company’s camera software equipped with all sorts of advanced options. The 2,900mAh battery is located on the inside of this device, and Nubia Z9 will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed with ZTE’s Nubia UI 3.0 on top of it. Dual band 4G LTE connectivity is also a part of this package, the device is both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE compatible.
The company has also introduced ‘FiT’, which is short for ‘Frame Interaction Technology‘. This tech has leaked several times now, and it basically allows you to activate certain action on the phone by interacting with the phone’s sides. These actions seem to be customizable and ZTE will almost certainly release APIs in order to allow developers to integrate their own actions here. Another interesting this about this handset is that it offers fingerprint scanning technology as well, but for the first time this feature is available on the phone’s side. As you already know, other OEMs are including it on the front or back of the device, ZTE opted for a different approach. We still don’t know how exactly will this tech work, but the company refers to it as ‘TiO’. The company did not reveal pricing of the device just yet, nor did they say when will it become available.
UPDATE: The phone will be available in three variants, the 32GB (+3GB of RAM) variant will cost you 3,499 Yuan ($565), the 64GB (+4GB of RAM) variant is priced at 3,999 Yuan ($645) and the most expensive model sporting ZTE’s fingerprint scanning technology will set you back 4,499 Yuan ($726), this one ships with 64GB (+4GB of RAM) of in-built storage as well. Chinese consumers can already pre-register for the device on the company’s official website or Jingdong Mall.