Every year, ZTE has a few new devices to show off at CES. While the company’s booth is filled with more than a dozen forgettable mid-range phones, the ZTE Nubia Z7 stands out with an impressive spec sheet and a sleek design. ZTE has equipped the Nubia Z7 with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display (1440 x 2560 with a pixel density of 538ppi), Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000 mAh battery. The camera setup includes a main 13-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash while the front-facing camera sports a 5-megapixel sensor which seems to be the norm these days for flagship-tier devices.
The design of the ZTE Nubia Z7 is outstanding. The chassis of the phone is quite compact, measuring 153.2 x 75.7 x 8.9mm. ZTE is still using red backlit capacitive buttons below the display which only light up when the phone is in use. While most flagship devices with Quad HD displays are using the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC, we didn’t notice any performance issues with the ZTE Nubia Z7. The device feels extremely responsive, jumping through apps and snapping pictures with the camera without any hesitation. Spec junkies might write it off, but using the older chip does allow the ZTE Nubia Z7 to undercut the competition by a few hundred dollars.
For now, the ZTE Nubia Z7 is only available in China for roughly $520, but ZTE has been expanding its global footprint, bringing its Nubia devices to new markets all the time. Don’t be surprised if we see the Nubia Z7 or a variant of the phone in Europe or North America in the coming months.