Preceded by a great number of leaks and render images, the ZTE Nubia Z9 today made its first official appearance. Though there wasn’t much we didn’t know about the phone before its debut, the Nubia Z9 still somehow manages to surprise us with bezel less design and innovative frame that reacts to gesture control. Let’s take a closer look at the new ZTE’s flagship phone.
ZTE launches Nubia Z9 in three versions: Classic, Elite and Exclusive.
Hailed a true ambassador of top-notch technology and visual style the new ZTE Nubia Z9 is available in three variants. All three models sport a package of great hardware closed in a 147.38 x 68.34 x 8.94mm body case made of glass and metal housing a 2.5D glass screen. The display itself is a generous 5.2-inch panel with 1080p resolution featuring almost invisible 0.8mm bezels, giving the device a bezel-less, edge-to-edge screen impression.
We’ve already see bezel-free phones, however the ZTE’s innovative approach to this technology deserves our special attention. Why? Well, the Nubia Z9 is the very first phone whose display features Frame Interactive Technology, which enables its future users to control the phone with the help of gestures, giving them a fast and convenient access to mapped shortcuts or actions. For instance, when you slide down the side bezel using both fingers, you will turn the screen off.
Moving on, all three available variants of the Nubia Z9 run Nubia UI 3.0 and are powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset and a massive 2,900 mAh battery. All of them sport support for Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. They have also identical optic parameters represented by a Sony-made 16MP rear camera with f/2.0, optical image stabilization and 4k video capture accompanied by a definitely selfie-friendly 8MP sensor with 80 degree lens. Photo capabilities of all three phones are also enhanced by the software tweaks, including NeoVision 5.1 that improves near SLR performance. What’s more there’s also a dedicated AKM AK4961 Hi-Fi chip that together with Dolby 7.1 surround will take care of higher quality sound experience.
Being almost identical devices, the three models of the Nubia Z9 slightly differ in the field of memory and storage capacity. The so-called “Classic” version offers 3GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, whereas the “Elite” and “Exclusive” editions of the phone are both equipped with 4GB RAM and 64GB of native storage. Additionally, the most high-end of all three models the Exclusive edition will also support the TIO technology. The interesting thing about this technology is that it implements finger print sensors on the power key and volume rockers, which means that you will be able to unlock the phone by touching either of them.
As for pricing and availability details, the Nubia Z9 is already available for pre-order so far exclusively in China labeled with a price tag proper for high-end offerings. Dressed in black Classic version costs 3,499 Yuan that is something round $564, whereas dressed in gold the Elite and Exclusive edition are sold for 3,999 Yuan and 4,499 Yuan, respectively, which translates to something round $645 and $720.