The ZTE Nubia Z7 is China’s answer to the LG G3 – a pretty damn good one, too

Callum Tennent
July 8, 2014

Whilst half of the world hasn’t even had the pleasure of making acquaintances with the LG G3 yet, China is already hot on its heels with a handset destined to draw comparison’s to Korea’s pride and joy.

ZTE is the company responsible, and the Nubia Z7 is the device in question. Whilst it may have a rather nice aesthetic that’s all of its own, its the internal specifications are where comparisons are bound to be drawn. Firstly, and most noticeably, is its massive 5.5-inch quad-HD display – there aren’t too many of those knocking around on the market right now. Sat behind that glorious display is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, just like you’ll find inside the G3 (as well as a host of other flagship devices). That’s a quad-core chipset with 2.5 GHz of power, in case you’d forgotten.

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It’s got a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, too, although it’ll take some seriously impressive software to rival the beast of a lens on the G3, despite the identical pixel count.

There is a slight trade off for those top-notch specs, though, and it comes in the form of a physical trade-off. Whilst LG’s engineers managed to cram all of those internals into an insanely small body, the ZTE Nubia Z7 is ever so slightly larger – 6.9mm taller and 1mm wider, to be precise.

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You could probably overlook that slight concession when you see what it’s priced at, though. It’s set to cost roughly £325 ( ¥3,456 Chinese), which is almost £200 less than you could buy the G3 for over here in the UK.

That said, that may not even matter if the Nubia Z7 doesn’t get a Western release. For now it’s only available in Asia, but this is one handset we’ve got all of our digits crossed for for a wider release.



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Callum Tennent

International playboy/tech journalist.

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