Leaked: Spy photos of the Nubia Z9 flagship


nubia z9 spy photo

More spy photos reveal the zero bezel design of the flagship Nubia Z9 along with a few nice side shots of the alloy chassis.

Next month Nubia will announce the flagship version of the Nubia Z9. This morning we heard fantastic claims that the phone will pack a 3.5Ghz CPU and 8GB RAM, although we are dubious on their authenticity, and now we have some up close spy photos of the device.

nubia z9 spy photo

One of the big features of the Nubia Z9 is the bezel less design of the phone. Nubia bosses have been outspoken and claimed the new Nubia phone will feature a 0 bezel design. In theory this is fine, but as we have seen on Oppo’s R7, what it really means it that the bezels have just been moved to a more pronounced metal frame.

nubia z9 spy photo

I’m not entirely sold on the idea of a zero bezel phone, but luckily the Z9 features don’t stop there. We can also see from the photos that the device will boasts dual speakers in the base and it also looks like a USB Type C connection.

The top of the phone shows a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR remote, while the right side has a physical shutter button, power button and volume rocker.

nubia z9 spy photo

A screen shot from the phone shows the Nubia Z9 as the NX508J running Android 5.0.2. If we are to believe this mornings rumours then this means 8GB RAM and 3.5Ghz processor, but we believe something like a Snapdragon 801 with 4GB RAM sounds more realistic.

Overall the design of the Nubia Z9 isn’t as pretty as we had hoped, perhaps it will look better in the flesh, and if not there is always the Vivo X5Pro to get excited about.

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15 Comments

  1. topgun
    April 30, 2015

    It would be the SD 810 not 801 as the 801 wouldn’t support 4gb ram, really looking forward to see the true specs of this phone tho.

  2. Rob
    April 30, 2015

    If someone is gonna ‘leak’ specs then at least make them slightly believable. 8GB RAM is obviously nonsense as is the 3.5GHz processor, after all, who makes a CPU that operates at that speed?? As mentioned below, this will have the SD810.

    • True_Neutral
      April 30, 2015

      Clock speed isn’t everything.

      We had 3.5Ghz CPUs about 10 years ago, they were called Pentium 4s. Depending on how you design the CPU you could have one that had a deep pipeline and tons of clock speed (the P4 in question), or you could have one that was wide but not very high clock speed (Today’s Haswells and their ancestors)

      Besides, I do recall that there was a plan to make SoCs based on the old Cortex A9 clocked at 3.1Ghz: Here’s a news article about a test chip fabbed on TSMC’s 28nm process:

      http://www.tsmc.com/tsmcdotcom/PRListingNewsAction.do?action=detail&newsid=6781

      It’s not much of a leap to imagine that fabbed at 20nm, one could make a chip running at 3.5Ghz or more.

      Now I do agree that it sounds ridiculous, but don’t be so quick to write it off just yet because it’s possible.

      • Rob
        April 30, 2015

        Well even if that were the case, an A9 clocked even at 3.5Ghz is still not gonna match an A57 clocked at 2Ghz or even the upcoming A72 clocked even slower. Pretty certain that A9 is more or less finished as most have moved on to other cores, besides there is absolutely no way Nubia will stick an A9 core into their flagship device, this is not 2012!

        • True_Neutral
          April 30, 2015

          I agree with you that the A9 is over, that’s why I agreed that it was ridiculous. I’m just pointing out that it is indeed possible. Who knows they might have had a custom architecture in the works just like Qualcomm and Apple. Besides, it’s not exactly Kosher to falsify a government listing (TENAA) even for China :p

          • Rob
            May 1, 2015

            Maybe, but it wouldn’t be the first time a TENAA listing has been wrong.

  3. Michel
    April 30, 2015

    iphone design

  4. antidumb
    April 30, 2015

    yay, type c! i hope it also come with usb 3.1

  5. desponent
    April 30, 2015

    I can’t imagine how anyone would operate this. I often inadvertently activate my touch screen just holding the side even with a Jiayu G4S. The software for accidental touch protection for this phone has to be perfect to prevent that and perfect software is a unicorn.

    • intruda
      May 4, 2015

      The hardware or software is your issue.

      Gorilla hands maybe.

      You sound stupid.

      • desponent
        May 4, 2015

        lol, what an amazing argument. it’d be reallly worth it to argue with you. not lol.

        • intruda
          May 4, 2015

          i would just love to see a pic of how you hold your phone.

          • desponent
            May 4, 2015

            I would love to see yours, though seeing you can’t imagine how a slap of block is normally held, I think I don’t actually want to.

  6. molfetamina
    April 30, 2015

    I really like it…so far….

  7. Darth_Matta
    May 4, 2015

    As for the processor speed, it has been already explained:
    A53 cores = 1.5GHz
    A57 cores = 2.0GHz
    —————————-

    All together: 3.5GHz

    Someone at TENAA has some strange logic but it is simple and most convincing explanation.