ZTE Nuba Z5 mini launches at just $307!! ZTE Nubia Z5 mini vs Xiaomi Mi2s!

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If you asked me yesterday which sub 2000 Yuan phone you should buy the answer would have been a Xiaomi Mi2S, today though the Nubia Z5 mini might be my answer!

There was always the chance that ZTE’s nubia brand would price the new Nubia Z5 mini at a very affordable price, and now as the launch party draws to an end we know that they have!

The Z5 mini will go on sale in China for just 1888 Yuan ($307) which is slightly more than the currently Xiaomi Mi2S, but it also happens to be slightly larger, have a better rear camera and a more impressive Sharp screen technology plus SD card reader!

Some highlights of the phone include a 13 mega-pixel Sony rear sensor, 5 mega-pixel front camera with 88 degree lens, quad-core Snadpragon processor, 2GB RAM, SD card readers, support for most major 3G networks and a range of accessories including what appears to be a mini phone like the one which can be used with the HTC Butterfly!

Nubia Z5 Mini hands on photos

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ZTE Nubia Z5 mini Vs Xiaomi Mi2s

ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini

Xiaomi M2s

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General
ManufacturerZTEXiaomi
ModelNubia Z5 MiniMi2
Release DateLaunched 16th July 2013Out Now
Display
Size4.7-inch4.3-inch
Resolution1280 x 720 1280 x 720
ProtectionN/A
OtherSharp CGS display720p, 342 ppi
Features
OSAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly BeanMiui V5 based on Android Jelly Bean
ChipsetQualcomm APQ806fQualcomm Snapdragon 600
CPU1.5Ghz quad-core APQ806fQuad-core 1.7 GHz Krait
GPUAdreno 320
RAM2GB2GB
Battery2300mAh2000mAh
OtherNon removable batteryA-GPS support and GLONASS, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Cameras
Rear camera13 mega-pixel Sony CMOS sensor8 mega-pixel on 16GB, 13 mega-pixel on 32GB
FeaturesNeoVision imaging system
Video1080 @ 30fps1080p@30fps
Front camera5 mega-pixel with 88 degree lens2 mega-pixel
Memory
Internal16GB16/32GB
SD cardYes, 32GBNo,
Network support
Dual-simNoNo,
WCDMA850 / 1900 / 2100Mhz
GSM850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900Mhz
Body
Dimensions (mm)134.8 * 65.7 * 10.3mm126 x 62 x 10.2 mm
Weight (g)162g145g
ColoursBlack, White possibly moreBlack
Purchase info
Review URL
Price1888 Yuan ($307)1999 Yuan ($320)
Where to buy

Which would you buy?

If I had to buy a new phone now I would seriously consider the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini. The specifications, design and price are all very remarkable! Luckily for my wallet I’m not in a rush for a new phone and I’m happy to wait for the Xiaomi Mi3 which could cost as little as 1999 Yuan ($320)!

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  • JLCD

    Nubia Z5 Mini is Dual Sim, isn’t it?

    • http://www.saral.com.np Saral Shrestha

      Exactly my question. In the picture I shows two networks running?

      • cynicmike

        yes it is dual sim, the network bars are on top of each other not the usual side by side. i love the form factor and size of this phone. plus its from a international brand.

        • Job_CF

          Spec here and at other sites say it is single SIM. Wish it was Dual :-(

  • http://topimports.ch oemer

    Where can i find that for that price?

  • Marius

    Not bad but I really don’t like the non-removable battery which has only a a decent capacity and the phone’s not thin either.
    The Jiayu G4 has a 3000mAh removable battery for the same phone size and it’s a bit cheaper. True this one has a better SOC but still…

  • eugen

    Official Xiaomi Mi2S 16Gb is 1699 yuan, not 1999

  • FTP

    I think its a Good Spec.
    Where can we find details on APQ806F? Like whats the GPU..
    I cannot find in SnapDragan Wiki

    • vaibhav
      • vaibhav

        OR
        MSM8960T 1.5 – 1.7 GHz Quad Krait Adreno 320 WUXGA 1080p
        World Mode (LTE FDD/TDD CAT 3,
        SVLTE-DB, TD-SCDMA, Rel9 DCHSPA+,
        GSM/GPRS/EDGE, EGAL, 1x
        Adv., 1x EV-DO Rev. A/B)
        20 MP gpsOneGen 8A with
        GLONASS
        Hexagon QDSP6
        500MHz
        USB 2.0 High Speed OTG
        (480Mbps) 802.11a/b/g/n* BT 3.x + HS
        BT 4.0/LE FM Rx/Tx* 28nm

        • FTP

          Thanks,
          But i still do not have clarity.
          Reason is even QualComm i could not search out APQ806F.
          Isn’t MSM8960T is used in Xiaomi M2A and a Dual Core not Quad Core right?
          If its true this phone should be more compared with M2A and in that case M2A.

          • jesus

            It’s wrong, apq806f don’t exits, Andy would says apq8064 (snapdragon s4 pro)

  • i1fang

    all i want is dual sim. :C

  • claudio

    OT:
    Hi Andi, you don’t talk of Techdy: Bears pro and Basic Bear ? Thank you!

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      No, I am not convinced they are real

      • claudio

        ok, thank you.

  • ashish

    Hi andi
    Just need your favour.. Can you tell me between Zopo 980 and I ocean X7 (both Turbo and 4gb) ,which is a better phone overall??

  • Harald

    It’s good, but where Xiaomi Mi3 :)

  • http://www.pinayontheloose.com Cj Escuadro

    I have pre-ordered ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini from merimobiles.com and I can’t wait! Its cool features, sleek design and the hardcore chipset makes me want to buy it right away! :D

  • Martin

    Wrong parameters at ZTE ….. I texted with ZTE Corporation about parameters and reply this: the ZTE Nubia Z5 mini will have a 4.7 inch screen with a 720 x 1280 resolution. A quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is under the hood. 2GB of RAM is onboard and the phone is going to sport an 8MP rear-facing camera. The dimensions are 65.7 x 134.8 x 10.3mm and the unit weighs 160g. Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed out of the box.

  • srps

    Would be interesting if someone actually did confirm the true specs of this phone, and whether there is any ROM support from ZTE or community, since I can’t even find mentions to the original Z5 which launched last year.

    I can bring either this or the Mi2S in the next few days, but so far this one hasn’t convinced me due to being too much “underground”.

  • Андрей МАЛАХОВ