Aug 20 AT 7:56 AM Brooks Barnard 3 Comments

ZTE announces the unlocked nubia 5S mini LTE at a competitive, mini price

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ZTE just announced it’s bringing its nubia 5S mini LTE phone to the US. We first learned about this phone at CES in January of this year and haven’t seen it since. When I first saw the spec list for the nubia 5S mini, I immediately thought it’s just another “mini” phone with specs comparable to other mini offerings like the HTC One Remix and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. But where the nubia 5s mini LTE sets itself apart is its $279.99 off-contract price. If you’re looking to by an off-contract mini device from HTC or Samsung, be prepared to drop about double the price of the nubia 5S mini LTE. With all other specs, the nubia 5S mini LTE falls right in line with the markets other offerings, making it a must to consider if you’re in the market for a smaller device and no strings attached.

One last thing of note, ZTE is really big on pushing their camera experience on their devices. I reviewed the ZTE nubia 5 last November and the device did offer a unique software and hardware experience with its camera. The nubia 5s mini LTE offers a 13-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front shooter so you can be sure your selfies a higher resolution than your friends. Additionally, the software experience offered provides features beyond the standard Android camera app, with functions that a more experienced photographer might be familiar with.

Here are the nubia 5S mini LTE specs:

  • Battery: Li-ion 2000mAh
  • Dimensions: 134.8 x 65.8 x 7.6mm
  • Display: 4.7-inch, HD 720 x 1280, 16.7M color
  • Memory: 16GB expandable to 32GB via microSD
  • Network Compatibility: LTE, GSM, WCDMA
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 400 Quad Core with Adreno 305 GPU at 1.2 GHz

Camera specs:

  • 13-megapixel rear camera with a BSI image sensor and LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • F2.2 aperture
  • Five pieces of precision optical lens
  • Blue glass composite IR filter
  • Sapphire lens
  • HD 720p/30fps video

Pre-orders for the ZTE nubia 5s mini LTE will start today  on Amazon for the price of $279.99 off-contract. Amazon says the devices will be released on the 27th. I think it’s a great looking device. What do you think? For that price, how do you feel about the device? It’s not a flagship phone, but if you’re not in the market for a flagship, does it fit your fancy? Let us know by commenting below!

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ZTE unlocks nubia 5S mini in the U.S. with LTE, quad-core power and premier smartphone camera nubia 5S mini LTE advances smartphone photography with powerful camera platform that delivers a smarter, smoother way to capture, edit and share life’s moments — all unlocked and available now.

Richardson, TX., August 20, 2014–ZTE USA, one of the fastest-growing smartphone manufacturers in the United States*, today announced the nubia 5S mini LTE will be available unlocked beginning August 27 and for preorder today, online at Amazon.com for $279.99. The phone’s 13 megapixel rear-camera and 5 megapixel front-camera capture HD video and high-quality images effortlessly with intelligent settings, DSLR-like control and photo editing and effects once reserved for third party apps. The sophisticated camera platform and LTE speeds are matched by the phone’s thin, light build and Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ Quad Core processor.

“Selling the nubia 5S mini LTE unlocked, direct to consumers shows ZTE has faith in its products and is capable of delivering LTE devices and consumer-focused innovation in the U.S.,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “Offering an unlocked Android phone via Amazon addresses consumer demand for alternative devices that deliver more personal value than mainstream brands and don’t tie them to one mobile eco-system.”

The nubia 5S mini LTE smartphone camera software has distinctive independent control of focus, light metering and white balance functionality. It is one of the first widely available phones that has both a 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel camera. The advanced combination of hardware and software capture images that are truer to color as the eye sees and produce excellent dark field, macro and color reproduction.

The phone offers three camera modes, Fun, Auto and Pro, for virtually any scenario or user — from first time smartphone owners to award-winning smartphone photographers. The compact, slim design at only 4.52 ounces makes the nubia 5S mini LTE the perfect travel companion — wherever in the world it goes.

As an unlocked smartphone, carrier and contract restrictions do not apply — roam free and upgrade when you want. For those seeking the most flexibility, avoiding a two year contract or wanting to upgrade now, the nubia 5S mini LTE is a smart choice.

nubia 5S mini LTE specifications:

  • Battery: Li-ion 2000mAh
  • Dimensions: 134.8 x 65.8 x 7.6mm
  • Display: 4.7″, HD 720 x 1280, 16.7M color
  • Memory: 16GB expandable to 32GB via micro SD
  • Network Compatibility: LTE, GSM, WCDMA
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 400 Quad Core with Adreno 305 GPU at 1.2 GHz

Camera specifications

  • 13 megapixel rear-camera with a BSI image sensor and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front-camera
  • F2.2 aperture
  • Five pieces of precision optical lens
  • Blue glass composite IR filter
  • Sapphire lens
  • HD 720p/30fps video

* Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor

Market Share: Q2 2014

About ZTE USA

ZTE USA (http://www.zteusa.com/), a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation is a leading global provider of mobile handsets, telecommunications equipment and network solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communications technology accessible to all. The company provides a magnitude of devices to every major US-based carrier, generates over $16 billion dollars’ worth of business for US-based companies and devotes more than 10 percent of its revenue to R&D. ZTE USA is headquartered in Richardson, TX and operates 17 sales offices, customer service centers, R&D and distribution facilities across the US. ZTE is ranked as the country’s fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices overall, and second-largest supplier of prepaid devices, by independent analysts. ZTE is the official smartphone of the Houston Rockets. – See more at: http://zteusa.com/nubia.

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Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours surfing the interwebz and addictive ROM flashing and began writing. He has a hot wife, is a father of two, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 5 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms rooted and modded with Xposed Framework (but this is subject to change). You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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