Samsung is battling Apple throughout North America and Europe for brand supremacy, but in China and throughout Asia companies like ZTE and Oppo are giving the South Korean tech giant a run for its money. The latest addition to the Chinese's arsenal of high tech gadgets is ZTE's Nubia Z5—a 5-inch goliath that tackles frugality while not negating the charm of what it means to be 'high-end.'
As more and more people familiarize themselves with smartphones, they begin to bask in the wonders of how technology has provided many with the ability to downsize many aspects of their lives. While many of us are cramming all we can into our smartphones, manufacturers are finding ways of upsizing the features—especially the display size. Samsung’s two Galaxy Note devices are quite a hit, so it was only a matter of time before Chinese handset makers followed suit. If you’re not a fan of Chinese-branded gadgets, then this may not interest you as much, but if you’re a follower of the market then you should know China-based handset makers like ZTE, Huawei, and Oppo are all producing relatively good devices at a decent price.
If you’re in the market for a 5-incher smartphone like the Note, but don’t want to fork out the premium or tie yourself down to a contract then smartphones coming out of China is a good alternative. ZTE recently launched its flagship, dubbed the Nubia Z5, which boasts a 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 S4 Pro processor, a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a unibody chassis, and Android Jelly bean to boot. Those are some nice specs, right? The expected price of this at launch, however, may surprise you even more. The Nubia Z5 launch price was around $400—that’s not bad for a phablet that has specs comparable to that of the Note II.
Wait, there’s more from ZTE. If you’re not willing to drop $400 for the Nubia Z5 then there’s another 5-incher in the making from ZTE that will probably go for less than the Nubia Z5. ZTE is working on a 5-incher that carries along with it entry-level specs, meaning a lower power dual-core and much less RAM compared to ZTE’s latest flagship. Under the hood of this low-end phablet, for now it’s called the U887, will be a 1.2GHz Mediatek dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, and probably Android ICS or Jelly Bean to run it. If the specs hold true in the finalized product then the U887 is nothing to be bragging about, but the price might just win you over. Imagine a contract-free phablet for less than $300.
Launch dates for these devices outside of China has yet to be confirmed, but hopefully they do make it past the Great Wall. In the end, more products equal more competitions, and that may also mean more affordable gadgets for everyone.