2013 has been an interesting year, and that’s mainly because OEMs have begun to believe in the unlocked smartphone for the United States. Now don’t get me wrong, unlocked smartphones have always existed, but they were either too expensive, or too underpowered to make a positive dent in the US market. Once you compared them against their subsidized competitors, it was really pointless to buy one. It seems that the new trend is for these devices to become more than just an option in a store shelf, and one of the companies that has decided to compete in the US under this model is ZTE with their current flagship, the Nubia 5.

Make sure you watch our full video review of the ZTE Nubia 5 in order to help you decide if it’s right for you. The device is currently retailed for $450 in Amazon.com, so it does have a bumpy road ahead when compared to devices like the Moto G, which is almost $250 less expensive. The same can be said about the Google Nexus 5.

Does the Nubia 5 merit the extra cash for you to avoid a subsidy, or is it powerful enough to dwarf the Moto G and Nexus 5 with its features? Watch our video to find out.

Video Review

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Nubia 5Device photos: (Click on each thumb for a full-resolution photo)

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Unboxing

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