While ZTE’s precise product release plans for the next few months remain decidedly under wraps, we know for sure at least a couple Nubia-branded Android phones are slated to go official in Beijing in exactly five days.
One of these is likely a mini-flagship, which made us assume sequels for last year’s standard and diminutive Z9 were coming. But it’s also possible long overdue follow-ups for the 2014-launched Nubia X6 are in the works, with 5.5 and 6-inch screens in tow.
Given the Tenaa-revealed footprints and display diagonals, we’re guessing the names will be ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Max as opposed to X8 and X8 Mini, the two’s specifications placing them about half a tier lower on the totem pole than what we expect from the Z11 series.
Common X8/X8 Max high-end features apparently include 4 whopping gigs of RAM, 16 and 8MP cameras, as well as respectable Full HD panels. The NX523J, aka Nubia X8 Max, should further haul a mysterious octa-core CPU clocked at up to 1.8 GHz (probably a Snapdragon 652), 64GB internal storage space, and massive 4,000 mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the smaller X8 (model number NX527J) is supposed to downgrade all that, to a 1.5 GHz octa processor (SD617?), 32GB ROM, and 2,900 mAh cell. Unfortunately, both devices seem to run Android 5.1 Lollipop, at least in pre-launch certification stages, though if it makes you feel any better, they’re metal-built and fingerprint-recognizing too.
Oh, and the larger variant almost altogether discards screen bezels, with ultra-slim white borders on the horizontal, and… nothing on the vertical? Man, that looks sleek!