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ZTE brings unlocked Nubia 5 and Grand S to the US via third party retailers

ByinPhones Without Contract | October 3, 2013

ZTE Grand S coming to USZTE is a big name in Asia, however, in the US the manufacturer somehow failed to make it to the premium ranks. This may change as soon as this month, when ZTE’s two mid to higher-end offerings, the ZTE Grand S and Nubia 5, will be made available to the US customers. Both phones will arrive in unlocked form and will be up for grabs from Amazon and “other channels.” Pre-orders for both, the Grand S and Nubia 5, will start on October 5th and the devices will start shipping on October 16th. Considering the specs, the phones are priced pretty reasonably. The ZTE Grand S will set you back $399.99 and the ZTE Nubia 5 will retail for $449.99.

ZTE Nubia 5 vs. ZTE Grand S

ZTE Nubia Z5 BlackIt took the ZTE Grand S ten long months to knock on our door, since it was announced at CES in January. The phone features a 5-inch Full HD display with scratch-resistant glass and a pixel density of 440 ppi. The device is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor paired with 2 GB of RAM, and offers 16 GB of internal memory.

The device has a 13-megapixel main camera as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper. The handset runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If you were to look for a reason to complain, you may find it in the battery. The unit offers the capacity of just 1,780 mAh.

In terms of specs, the ZTE Nubia 5 is not much different from the Grand S. The phone also comes with a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution and is powered by the same quad core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The device also sports 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Where are the differences? you ask.

The Nubia 5 packs a 13-megapixel Konica-Minolta camera with LED flash and sapphire lens. It also boasts a 2,300 mAh battery. The device also features a 2-megapixel user-facing camera and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Below you can find the official ZTE press release.

ZTE’s Grand S™ Makes a Grand Entrance in the U.S.

Available for Preorder Oct 5, ZTE’s Slimmest Smartphone is Elegant, Stylish and Open

RICHARDSON, Texas, October 3, 2013 – ZTE USA, the fastest-growing smartphone provider in the United States, today announced the U.S. pricing and availability of the award-winning Grand S, a beautifully-crafted smartphone decorated with the 2013 iF International Design Award.

First introduced globally at CES 2013, the 0.27-inch Grand S is ZTE’s slimmest smartphone available in the United States, and is compatible for use with GSM/UMTS carriers. The phone is available for preorder on Saturday, October 5 with an MSRP of $399.99, through Amazon and other channels.

With a large, eye-catching five-inch display and 13 megapixel camera, the Grand S caters to today’s design-conscious consumer by providing the perfect combination of aesthetics and technology. Its quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and use of several MiFavor applications designed by ZTE provide the brains behind the elegant uni-body design, capturing true user demands.

“For many consumers, technology and design are inseparable. Today’s higher-end smartphones must be both physically and emotionally compelling, and the Grand S offers this winning combination of form and function,” said Lixin Cheng, Chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing the Grand S to the U.S. since we announced the device at CES. Our goal is to launch more products like this in the future.”

ZTE Grand S technical specifications include:

OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display: 5” FHD (1920 x 1080), 440 ppi with scratch-resistant glass
Processor: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz quad-core CPUs
Cameras: 13 megapixels Auto Focus with Flash, and 2 megapixels Front Facing camera
Battery: 1780 mAH
Dimensions: 5.59” x 2.72” x 0.27”
Memory: 16GB in ROM, 2 GB in RAM

For additional information on the ZTE Grand S features, please visit http://www.zteusa.com/grands.html.

The ZTE nubia 5™ Packs Advanced Photography and Entertainment Into the Palm of Your Hand

Available for Preorder Oct 5, ZTE’s nubia 5 Features Full HD Display, Dolby Digital Plus, and a 13MP Camera

RICHARDSON, Texas, October 3, 2013 – ZTE USA, the fastest-growing smartphone provider in the United States, today announces the U.S. pricing and availability of ZTE nubia 5™, a high-end smartphone packing entertainment and performance into an approachable industrial profile. The ZTE nubia 5 is compatible with GSM/UMTS carriers, and is available for preorder on Saturday, October 5 with an MSRP of $449.99, through Amazon and other channels.

Whether you’re a photo enthusiast looking to capture and edit amazing pictures using a 13 megapixel camera with a Konica-Minolta lens and intelligent stabilization, an always-on road warrior looking to stay connected via countless apps, or an audiophile looking to plug into Digital Dolby Plus audio with specially-designed earbuds, the ZTE nubia 5 packs a punch. With a low-profile bezel, matte finish and glowing red custom fixed buttons complementing the industrial design, the ZTE nubia 5 creates a mobile experience unlike any other Android smartphone.

“As the software and apps available on today’s smartphones replace more and more of the other devices we use on a daily basis, the specifications for features like cameras, displays and speakers are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The nubia 5 really pushes that trend further,” said Lixin Cheng, Chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “Moreover, the launch of the ZTE nubia 5 builds on our ongoing commitment to the U.S. ZTE will be working closely with our customers to make devices like this available in the U.S.”

The nubia 5 offers one of the most versatile smartphone photography experiences available through three photography modes – Fun Mode, Auto Mode and Pro Mode. Fun Mode is for taking quick snapshots and applying filters, while Auto Mode provides a step up in features, like smile recognition and HDR. Lastly, Pro Mode brings the core functions of a professional SLR into the phone through features like 4-direction panoramic shooting, burst mode continuous shooting, and putting control of light, focus, and gradient into the user’s hands.

ZTE nubia 5 technical specifications include:

OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display: 5” FHD 16.7M Color 1920 x 1080, 443PPi
Processor: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz quad-core CPUs
Cameras: Konica-Minolta 13 MP Auto Focus with LED Flash and Sapphire Lens, and 2 MP Front Facing camera
Battery: 2300 mAH
Dimensions: 5.43” x 2.71” x 0.30”
Memory: 16GB in ROM, 2 GB in RAM

For additional information on the ZTE nubia 5, please visit http://www.zteusa.com/nubia5.html.

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