Chinese smartphones seem all the rage nowadays in the global smartphone industry with fast rising stars such as Xiaomi beating out giants like Samsung in China or ZTE becoming the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world but many of these Chinese smartphones never reach US shores or when they do, they are renamed by the carriers that bring them in. So it comes as a somewhat good surprise that ZTE has announced that it’s bringing the minified version of its flagship Nubia 5S LTE smartphone to the US.
The Nubia 5S mini LTE is a 4.7-inch mid-range smartphone measuring only 134.8 x 65.8 x 7.6mm and weighing only 120 grams that features a 720p HD screen with a display resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor coupled with an Adreno 305 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to an extra 32GB via a microSD card, a 13-megapixel F2.2 rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,000mAh battery.
Connectivity-wise, the Nubia 5S mini LTE supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and LTE connectivity. As for the LTE connection, it will work with both AT&T and T-Mobile USA but users will have to purchase separate plans from either of those carriers to use LTE. Weirdly enough, it still runs on Google’s older Android 4.3 JellyBean operating system with ZTE’s own custom interface on top. ZTE’s custom interface, like many that come from China, looks very much like Apple’s iOS interface.
Also, it is good to note that, when compared to the original variant of the Nubia 5S that launched in China, the model that’s coming to the US is a bit watered down with lower specifications.
The Nubia 5S mini LTE is now available for pre-order on Amazon for around $279.99 unlocked and without a contract. According to the Amazon pre-order page, the phone will start shipping on August 27.