ZTE N986 dual-sim phone looks like a 5-inch Nexus 4


ZTE have unveiled their latest MTK based phone, only this handset looks a lot like the current Google/LG Nexus 4 rather than the company’s signature Grand S.

ZTE have launched a number of MTK based phones this year and each one has taken on a Grand S style design, but for the ZTE N986 the body of the new phone looks more like the current Nexus device.

zte n986 google nexus 4

Although visibly similar, the ZTE N989 features a number of hardware differences to differentiate itself and also keep costs to a minimum. The first major difference is the display which is a larger 5-inch 720p unit with a pixel density of 294ppi.

zte n986 dual-sim

Inside the 9.4mm thick phone, ZTE have opted for the popular Mediatek MT6589 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2Ghz, and to keep development trouble-free just 1GB RAM. Built-in memory is just 4GB however an SD card slot is available for expansion alongside dual-SIM slots.

Camera’s are average when compared to the sensors found on similar phones. The front is a 1.3mega-pixel unit while the rear is a 8 mega-pixel sensor with an F/2.2 aperture and support for 1080p video capture.

The rest of the spec is made up of a removable 2300mAh battery, PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

zte n986 rear

Pricing has been confirmed to be 1599 Yuan for the ZTE N986 ($259) which is more costly than the 4.5-inch Xiaomi M2A with built-in NFC and even the quad-core, 1080 UMi X2 with 13 mega-pixel camera, however the N986 does look like a very well made device.

ZTE N986 Specification

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6 Comments

  1. Kolyamba
    May 1, 2013

    Did author read Chinese source article? They wrote about Nexus S, not nexus 4…

  2. May 2, 2013

    with that price tag and look i cant give in i really need a review about goophone x7 from here. Robin just for me that please else thank you for this article though the device is overpriced

  3. Whalemann
    May 2, 2013

    I don’t understand why this design hasn’t been copied before. The Nexus 4 is still the best looking android phone on the market.

  4. May 2, 2013

    you know the 3G network please?

    • krida
      June 13, 2013

      @Profesor yeow
      from another article i read, this model is a dual mode phone
      main card is CDMA with EVDO 3G
      and second card is GSM only 2G

  5. Schatje
    June 18, 2013

    In Indonesia, this phone was soft launched by Smartfren with PreOrder (Rp. 2.300.000=U$230) with CDMA EVDO on main SIM and GSM EDGE on second one.
    They said the phone will ready end of this June or early of August.