By Stephen Schenck | December 26, 2012 10:48 AM
Paying even a cursory amount of attention to the smartphone gossip that’s been accumulating over the past several months should have clued you in that the latest feature everyone’s got to have for their top-shelf Android is a full HD, 1080p display. After HTC started the party with its Butterfly/Droid DNA, pretty much every other major smartphone manufacturer has been rumored to be working on a similar handset. What remains to be seen now is who will be able to one-up HTC’s effort (something we’ve even heard that HTC itself is working towards). We’ve already talked before about ZTE’s 1080p model, the Nubia Z5, but now the company has gone ahead and made the phone official, announcing plans to launch both a regular aluminum Nubia Z5, as well as a high-end titanium version.
Like so many of the other 1080p models we’ve discussed, that resolution translates into a five-inch screen for the Nubia Z5. It also manages to pack some familiar specs, mirroring the Droid DNA’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB RAM. For storage, it manages to outshine HTC’s effort with 32GB of flash, and it also offers a higher-res 13-megapixel main camera. ZTE was able to squeeze-in a 3000mAh battery while simultaneously keeping the Z5′s thickness down to just 7.6 millimeters.
Update: The Z5 has a 2300mAh battery, just a bit less impressive.
While that all sounds like it could be the basis of a phone that finally gets ZTE some mainstream recognition in the West, so far we don’t know of any plans for the Nubia Z5 outside of China. There, at least, smartphone fans will be able to pick up an aluminum-body Z5 for what works out to about $550, while the premium titanium edition will fetch more like $1300.