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ZTE Nubia Z9 is a stunning new flagship Android phone

by Jacob Kleinman | May 6, 2015May 6, 2015 7:00 pm PST

ZTE just unveiled one of the best looking phones we’ve seen all year. The Chinese company’s Nubia Z9, which made its debut on Wednesday at an event in Beijing, features a stunning design along with the high-end hardware to back it up.

The ZTE Nubia Z9 comes equipped with a 5.2-inch 1080p display with barely any bezels along the sides. The company also developed new software that takes advantage of that edge-to-edge design. For example, you can squeeze the phone twice to take a screenshot, or slide your fingers along the edge to control the brightness.

Under the hood you’ll find a Snapdragon 810 processor and a 2,900mAh battery. ZTE will offer several different models, starting with a Classic version that packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There’s also an Elite variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and an Exclusive version of the Nubia Z9 that adds a fingerprint reader. Pricing starts at 3,499 Chinese Yuan ($564) for the Classic, ¥3,999 ($644) for the Elite, and ¥4,499 ($725) for the Exclusive.

As for the camera, ZTE included a 16-megapixel rear shooter with an aperture of F/2.0 and optical image stabilization. In front there’s an 8-megapixel 80-degree wide angle Sony lens. The Nubia Z9 also features new camera software designed to mimic a DSLR camera.

Preorders have already kicked off in China, though it’s unclear if ZTE plans to launch the Nubia Z9 globally anytime soon. We’d love to get our hands on this beautiful new handset, but it could be a while before the device reaches American shores, if ever.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...