ZTE Nubia Z5 launch will be 26th December not today! We get Antutu scores as consolation

I’m not one to get overly excited by big brand launches, and tend to root for the underdog (Xiaomi, Meizu, Oppo) but ZTE’s Nubia Z5 has really got me interested, which makes news of a delayed launch all the more a disappointment!

Rumour had been circling for weeks that ZTE would finally take the wraps off it’s new Nubia brand and launch the flagship Nubia Z5 today (21st December) with some calling the launch a “Doomsday Launch”, however official word states that we will have to wait until the 26th for confirmed Z5 specs and pricing.

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As today’s launch was never officially confirmed, we don’t know to take the announcement as a delay or not, but some Chinese tech sites are suggesting the recent release of the Meizu MX2, which went on sale on the 19th could be to blame. Another, cause could be delays with the Qualcomm S4 CPU which is rumoured to be equipped in the Z5, have put the launch on hold.

Whatever the reason it looks like we are going to have to accept the Nubia Z5 launch as a late Christmas gift from ZTE, and will have to keep our fingers crossed that the rumours (13 mega-pixel camera, 5-inch 1080 display, 2GB RAM, Android Jelly Bean) turn out to be true.

There is one big of good news though, and that is the purported Antutu benchmark for the Nubia Z5. According to sources who have had some time with the 5-inch flagship phablet, the Z5 manages to score an astounding 22,690!

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  1. Putbinoot
    December 21, 2012

    But will it have HSPA support, in fact are there any Chinese phones that support it. Just got my Jiayu G3 which does not although my Huawei G300 does.

    • njren
      December 21, 2012

      Oppo Finder & Find 5, Meizu MX & MX2, Xiaomi M1s & Mi2, etc. Perhaps we could say “anything from 2012 that’s not Mediatek”?

      • December 21, 2012

        Yup pretty much 🙂 Newman N2 as well 😉

        • Tony
          December 21, 2012

          any news update about Newman N2?
          i hope it sells soon so i can ask my friend in china to buy it for me

      • WizOfCing
        December 23, 2012

        The 6577-based ZTE V970 is an HSPA-capable device, released in July 2012 according to PDAdb.net. See this review for confirmation. The reviewer’s speed test elicited a download speed of around 3 Mbps, far ahead of WCDMA’s maximum of 384 kbps.

  2. tino96
    December 21, 2012

    Wow, what an amazing Antutu score!
    So the Xiaomi Mi2 and the Nubia Z5 probably have the same performance if sources are true.

    One question though, how can the Oppo Find5 ‘only’ get 18K when the specs on the two phones are exactly the same and the components are the same?
    The Find5 even gets HDR hardware acceleration!

    I think that the preview edition of the Find5 wasn’t the best.

  3. Jason W
    December 21, 2012

    That is what I was thinking as well. The benchmark tests based on a lot of things. They could be cheating? Oppo might not be optimized very well yet?
    Im curious now how bigger fluctuations normally appear between different models with mostly the same hardware now.

    • Paul
      December 21, 2012

      Some of the score are high due to task(s) are killed so that they can achieve the highest score w/out overclocking. The lower speed same spec some don’t even bother to kill the task showing in some ways true “speed” plus oppo has the 441ppi screen that also eats ram. This is from understanding

  4. Karan
    December 26, 2012

    Which one would you suggest personally,Andi, Oppo Find 5 / Meizu X2 / Xiaomi Mi2/ or this ZTE???

    you suggestion would be greatly appreiciated.

    • December 26, 2012

      Find 5 or Mi2