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ZTE Nubia Z5

So ZTE have announced their 5 inch superphone, expect all of the other 235 phone manufactures to release their variant soon as well. Just like the butterfly and Oppo Find 5 (and the others) this is the same phone but with a 13mp camera like the oppo.

No word on full specifications just yet but like above it's going to be the same phone with a thinner body and maybe a large battery and micro sd card?

It has a 5-inch screen size and has 1080P HD touch screen, powered by Qualcomm 8064 quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 13 million-pixel high-definition camera, sports with 2GB of RAM.

Anyway it's going to cost £250/$400 in China which is much better priced than both the Oppo Find 5 and the Butterfly. (imports at £300-£350 inc shipping/tax i guess)

Whether we will see it outside China for a similar price or even at all remains a mystery.

http://i.idnes.cz/12/111/cl6/LHR47131f_nubia_z5.JPG

Will be available Christmas Day. Full specs will be announced on 21st.

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Pondlife  Dec. 17, 2012 at 22:55

Be interested in seeing the other specs, slight soft spot for zte

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 17, 2012 at 23:21

Bear with me, I think 5" is a stupid size for a phone (there aren't many phone sizes I flat out dislike). Unless you cut the bezel down to almost nothing (which I doubt most manufacturers will), it's too big to be used practically as a phone, but too small to have the tablet-esque qualities of the Note 2.

Also, this new fad of putting full HD displays in mobile phones is totally pointless, you have to be looking for pixels @ 300ppi. The added strain on the battery and GPU to push that figure to nearly 450ppi is just not going to be worth the advantage of a slightly less pixely display when you hold the phone less than an inch from your eye.

The laptop I'm typing this on only has a 720p display, and despite using it and my S2 (which has a far higher display PPI), the laptop doesn't suddenly seem unbearable every time I come back to it having used the phone.

The pixel war is getting nearly as stupid as the SoC war, we now have displays the human eye can't appreciate and SoCs that the software on the phone can't make use of. Great, why are we parting with our money for these again? I really wish companies would put money into battery research not trying to outdo each other in the processor and PPI department, a phone I can guarantee will last all day is far more useful to me than a display my 20-20 vision can't appreciate.

/Rant

Pondlife  Dec. 17, 2012 at 23:37

The Odin or maybe it's the Yuga or more likely both are smaller than the s3... The DNA and Butterfly are narrower for that matter too...

And don't you want the too big to be used practically as a phone Note 2.

I do find the same screen resolution on my partners 13.3" laptop to be noticeably poorer than on my 11.6" netbook.

It's not as noticeable when browsing but photos look much better on the nexus 7 than they do on either of those screens despite similar resolutions.

I want to see one of these 1080p screens for myself then I'll decide if it's a desirable quality though most that have seen them claim they are...

Pondlife  Dec. 17, 2012 at 23:41

And Motorola have embraced improving battery and not thus far got hugely into the soc and screen wars, don't see you chasing a Razr HD Maxx...

Pondlife  Dec. 17, 2012 at 23:53

Bring on the flexible screen clamshell phablets though.
4-4.5 inch phone screen on outside, open up for a flexible 7-8" tablet screen inside....

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 00:00

It's not width that's the issue, it's being able to reach the top of the display. I can hold an iPad Mini in one hand, and an N7 comfortably.

Obviously the laptop looks worse than the S2, I'm just saying it's not the end of the world having a PPI sub-400.

I question whether it's the resolution making the display look better on the Butterfly/DNA/whatever it's called this week. The GNex and the One X have the same display resolution and size (for all practical purposes), but the One X looks much nicer than the GNex due to SLCD2 being a better technology than Sammy's first attempt at HD SAMOLED on a phone.

Whacking a huge battery in a phone (a la RAZR Maxx HD), isn't an improvement in technology, it's just adding more of what already existed. Putting two engines in a car to double the BHP isn't impressive, gettig double the BHP from the original engine is what would be impressive.

Oh, and yes, I'm browsing for an N2, I really like it for some reason. It's not pretending to be a phone, I think that helps.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 00:02

Agree with matt.
Now this is something more interesting:

http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Dual-Screen-YotaPhone-to-Be-Unveiled-at-MWC-2013-Runs-Android-4-2-Jelly-Bean-3.jpg?1355304848

This is the first smartphone announced to feature a full-color LCD, along with an electronic paper display (EPD) on the other side.


Dual-Screen YotaPhone to Be Unveiled at MWC 2013, Runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 00:39

Agree with matt.
Now this is something more interesting:

http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Dual-Screen-YotaPhone-to-Be-Unveiled-at-MWC-2013-Runs-Android-4-2-Jelly-Bean-3.jpg?1355304848

This is the first smartphone announced to feature a full-color LCD, along with an electronic paper display (EPD) on the other side.


Dual-Screen YotaPhone to Be Unveiled at MWC 2013, Runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Not a reading for fun kinda guy (I do enough reading at work), but if it's well implemented that's a good idea.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 00:50

Agree with matt.
Now this is something more interesting:

http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Dual-Screen-YotaPhone-to-Be-Unveiled-at-MWC-2013-Runs-Android-4-2-Jelly-Bean-3.jpg?1355304848

This is the first smartphone announced to feature a full-color LCD, along with an electronic paper display (EPD) on the other side.


Dual-Screen YotaPhone to Be Unveiled at MWC 2013, Runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Not a reading for fun kinda guy (I do enough reading at work), but if it's well implemented that's a good idea.


Yes. It could actually be quite useful without a major battery impact since the EPD would use little juice for reminders, messages etc... while the LCD could be reserved for other stuff.

Maybe in 2020 we'll see something like that in Europe?

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 01:41

Agree with matt.
Now this is something more interesting:

http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Dual-Screen-YotaPhone-to-Be-Unveiled-at-MWC-2013-Runs-Android-4-2-Jelly-Bean-3.jpg?1355304848

This is the first smartphone announced to feature a full-color LCD, along with an electronic paper display (EPD) on the other side.


Dual-Screen YotaPhone to Be Unveiled at MWC 2013, Runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Not a reading for fun kinda guy (I do enough reading at work), but if it's well implemented that's a good idea.


Yes. It could actually be quite useful without a major battery impact since the EPD would use little juice for reminders, messages etc... while the LCD could be reserved for other stuff.

Maybe in 2020 we'll see something like that in Europe?

Apparently it'll be available globally in H2 2013...a MWC announcement usually indicates a European release. Even of it's never officially released here, you could always import one from Asia.

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 01:47

Or an extra screen you need to worry about breaking, anyway article says due h2 2013 globally. Doesn't interest me.

Find being able to hold device in one hand and reach far side with thumb more use than the top of the screen. Clearly the small tablets can be held in one hand but writing a message with same hand that's holding it is impossible for me with note or s3 and just barely on n4. No it's not despatched yet.

People like cars with v8 engines and the like which is effectively two engines together... Or adding multiple turbo chargers to boost it. Anyway regardless of technique involved the maxxs have the most impressive battery life, but despite what you've said you love the faster processors and screen improvements...
Hence N2 not the original.

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 01:56

Besides flipping that phone over all the time would get annoying and would have to leave it with the main screen facing down rubbing against the desk/table/etc so you could see notifications..

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 01:57

Besides flipping that phone over all the time would get annoying and would have to leave it with the main screen facing down rubbing against the desk/table/etc so you could see notifications..
Screen protector(s)...?

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 02:10

True enough but might need to buy them by the truck load.
Still find it more annoying than practical.
Put phone down
Realise main screen is face up
Flip it over
Get message notification
Pick phone up
Read notification
Turn phone over
Read full message, reply
Put phone back down
Realise you've put it down main screen up....

Not to mention the new trend towards induction charging.
Will it switch off back screen when using main screen or potentially be showing private information to others.

A thin strip of epd with the notification icons and time on the same side as main display seems more practical if somewhat ugly.

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 02:39

Someone on phone arena made the point that the yota idea works better on a tablet and I can see that, one side for apps and games and the other for an ereader, with a case that opens either side.
Beats gluing a kindle to a nexus 7 anyway....

AhmadCentral  Dec. 18, 2012 at 07:33

*Stops gluing his kindle to his nexus 7...*

Um, well that's a much better idea.

But I can see the downsides of a dual screen phone. Of it was like a motorola razr flip phone it'd work much better. Small screen though

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 09:37

Of it was like a motorola razr flip phone it'd work much better. Small screen though
Or a massive phone when it was open, if you went for a 4.3" flip phone :p.

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 12:05

The size would be quite nice but would be closer to square than 16:9 though was the problem I thought mind you was half two when I was estimating dimensions

AhmadCentral  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:07

See if it was like this, with the flip design, paperwhite on the front- can be used for time-date/notifications when not in use.
http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr180/jabbamk1/hj.jpg

And then main screen inside with keypad=

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:45

Glad you don't work in phone design ;)

AhmadCentral  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:58

Glad you don't work in phone design ;)

Purple not your colour eh?

Yeh i know it's not the best design but imagine it on a bigger scale, better design etc.. and i think it could work quite well. Not so much with android maybe.

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 17:09

Bring on the flexible screen clamshell phablets though.
4-4.5 inch phone screen on outside, open up for a flexible 7-8" tablet screen inside....


That seems better.

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