ZTE Nubia Z5 Launch! Pricing and Specification Confirmed! Will cost more than Oppo Find 5!

ZTE managed to grab my attention earlier this year with the announcement of their all new flagship Nubia brand and news of the 5-inch Nubia Z5. Today specs were finally unveiled in Beijing along with one very unpleasant surprise! The price!

Since the orignal leaks and rumours we have all pretty much known what ZTE were planning for their China only 5-incher. A quad-core CPU, 13 mega-pixel camera and 5-inch 1080 display, all added up to a possible Oppo Find 5 rival, and now after the official launch in Beijing it does look like Oppo should be shaking, but not too much!

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There are some distinct upgrades on the Nubia Z5 over the Oppo Find 5. There’s 3000mAh battery and a 32GB version as standard, but the rest of the feature list looks exactly the same with a 5-inch, true 1080 HD display on the front, 2GB RAM, quad-core Qualcomm S4 APQ8064 CPU, and an excellent 13 mega-pixel camera on the rear!

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The kicker for us though is that the entry-level ZTE Nubia Z5 will hit the market for a rather pricey 3456 Yuan ($553) where as the Oppo Find 5, with similar specs, will cost jut 2999 Yuan ($480)!

I know where my money would go despite the Z5’s custom Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, and minute 2.67mm screen bezel! How about you guys?

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  1. Vk
    December 26, 2012

    Andi.. a little bit of correction, the cost of oppo which you have listed is of 16GB of ROM
    32GB ROM of OPPO($569) costs more than nubia’s 32GB ROM($553) !!!

    • December 26, 2012

      Yup, just read my email telling me about the 32GB version. Cheers

      • Vk
        December 26, 2012

        and Andi… where did you find that its battery is 3000mAh??
        on the official website its written that it has 2300mAh :\

        drinking a lot lately?? hehehe… 😛

        • December 26, 2012

          Possibly 😉

      • Vk
        December 26, 2012

        Andi can you please translate those pictures please?? 🙂
        those with the gesture movements looks cool but i dont understands anything 😛
        so can you help for that please??

  2. Jason W
    December 26, 2012

    Looks good to me. Bigger battery, smaller dimensions and $19 cheaper than Oppo at the same 32gb. Oppo is $569 for 32gb.
    For international support though I assume Oppo is the only option.
    I will pay the extra and get the Oppo myself. I have more faith in the company.

  3. Xiaolu
    December 26, 2012

    :/ These prices are killing me man! Because now they’re so near the Note 2 league that I’ll take a deeper look to that option. I’ve been cheking the niceties of the SGN 2 and looks really good despite of Find 5 & Z5 better screen (for me that half inch would do, and 720p is enough!). Add the S-pen and an overall beast performance (and USB OTG support, MIUI ROM just arriving…), and I can’t help but wait until first reviews and ROM’s come for the 5-inchers.

    Bye Santa! See you after MWC? (Hope SGN 2 price goes down by then).

  4. kolyamba
    December 26, 2012

    +1 to SGN 2. Price’s too much for chinese phones (no matter that it’s 1080p. 720p is really enough. and 720p is better for overall performance and working time from battery, 1080p will heavy load GPU).

    • Xiaolu
      December 26, 2012

      Sure, performance is more than enough good (can play 1080p without sweating), probably you’ve seen it, but check this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nh2NSLgaII quite amazing!

      But you know… for its price (around 4000元 here in China, unless I’m wrong!) I can buy a Xiaomi M2 (assuming this is posible) and a Nexus 7 (32GB). That’s TOO MUCH!

      I’ll be back in 2+ months with price reduction hopes!

  5. Olivier
    December 26, 2012

    No LTE support 🙁

    • December 26, 2012

      Yes it has 🙂

      • satyendra
        December 26, 2012

        hi i m from india i want to buy nubia z5 or oppo which one is better. and how to import here .

  6. Rianto
    December 26, 2012

    Oppo 5 all the way
    since the battery non removable u must choose the bigger one
    LTE not needed in most country
    international support
    i really want to buy oppo find 5, but since i already get f-code so xiaomi2 32gb battery3100 for me
    i will recommended oppo find5 to my friend, zte u disappointed me with the price and battery

  7. njren
    December 26, 2012

    The bezel is not 2.67mm…that’s the measurement from the edge of the screen to the metal frame surrounding the entire front panel. Add in the thickness of the frame and it’s definitely something closer to 3.5mm screen-to-edge. That’s splitting hairs, but ZTE is fudging there.

    Great phone, but disappointing to see ZTE “borrowed” the home key design from the MX2 and, well, borrowed almost everything else from the Oppo Find 5.

    Even with only one band of WCDMA (2100), it’s nice they squeezed CDMA EV-DO in there as well. The unspecified “LTE” is a mystery for now, though.

  8. Rene
    December 26, 2012

    For this prices I can buy a Galaxy s3 or HTC onex here in Australia with Real warranty ( try to have one of this Chinese phones repaired, if you live outside China) plus a much bigger probability of a system upgrade, newest android out is 4.2

  9. Nadeem
    October 26, 2013

    These chinese manufacturers are clearly coming up and playing the smartphone race very cleverly. Check out the ZTE Nubia 5 full review with full phone specifications right here http://goo.gl/A7r13e