In the US, ZTE is known mostly for making entry-level and mid-range smartphones, but in its home market the Chinese manufacturer is not shy about showing off. Along with affordable mid-tier devices, the company also produces real masterpieces, though you might not know that, since very few of them make it outside of Asia. One of such lineups is the Nubia series which just gained three new members after ZTE unveiled Nubia Z7, Nubia Z7 Max and Nubia Z7 Mini.
ZTE Nubia Z7 vs. Nubia Z7 Max vs. Nubia Z7 Mini
Frankly speaking, the devices are very similar in size and specs; however, the brightest star of the trio is the ZTE Nubia Z7 which can easily compete with the LG G3. Like LG’s flagship, the Nubia Z7 is equipped with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with the same sharp 1440 x 2560 resolution which combined with the size of the screen works out to a stunning pixel density of 538 ppi. The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip clocked at 2.5 GHz and has a hefty 3 GB of RAM to help with multitasking.
For photographic purposes the Nubia Z7 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features of the handset include 32 GB of storage, LTE connectivity, dual-SIM support and a 3,000 mAh battery. Dimensions of the Nubia Z7 are 6.03 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches (153.2 x 75.7 x 8.9 mm) and it will be sold for 3,456 yuan, or approximately $550.
Next on the list is the Nubia Z7 Max, though we are not quite sure why the phone has the “max” moniker since it’s in no way bigger than the regular Z7. Actually, with measurements of 152.7 x 76 x 8.7 mm, the phone is 0.5 mm shorter and 0.2 mm thinner than the flagship. The Z7 Max comes with the same 5.5-inch screen, albeit with lower resolution of 1920 x 1080 resolution which would translate to 403 ppi.
The Max version sports 2 GB of RAM and the main camera seems to have lost optical image stabilization. Other than that, the phone has identical specs as the Nubia Z7 such as Snapdragon 801 processor, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel sensor on the front, 32 GB of expandable storage, 3,100 mAh battery and dual-SIM support. The Z7 Max will be priced at 1,999 yuan, or about $320.
Last but not least is the Nubia Z7 Mini, which although smaller than the other two Nubia phones, still easily fits in the phablet category. The mini model features a 5-inch 1080p display at 445 ppi and, like its two bigger brothers, houses the same Snapdragon 801 processor. The chip is assisted by 2 GB of RAM and there is 16 GB of built-in memory expandable via microSD slot.
The camera setup is identical as the Z7 Max, that is 13-megapixel shooter on the back (again without optical image stabilization) and 5-megapixel sensor on the front. Connectivity features are the same as in the Nubia Z7 and Nubia Z7 Max and include among others 4G LTE radio and dual-SIM capability. The most “mini” of all the features is the battery with a capacity dropped to a mere 2,300 mAh. The Z7 mini measures 140.9 x 69.3 x 8.2 mm and will go for 1,500 yuan which is more or less $240.