Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone

Something tells us you might be getting this as a backup device
Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone

The first thing you’d expect when someone uses the term “mini” on a smartphone is a device that sits at about 4.3in to 4.5in.

But, when we held the ZTE’s Android powered flagship Nubia Z5S Mini the first time, its 4.7in display was a bit of a stretch for our petite fingers. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini's 4.5in screen might be a better fit.

Regardless of how big the unit looked for a mini, we were surprised when we picked it up. We expected something of that size to weigh more, but its 120g frame sat well in the palm of our hands, and it definitely won’t sag your pockets.

Its plastic frame doesn’t really bother us much considering it’s meant to be a cheaper handset that sits alongside Xiaomi’s handsets. Keep in mind that some other high-end smartphones sport plastic frames too these days, except they love to remind us (and its consumers) that it's polycarbonate.


Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone
Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone

The back is removable, which can be changed to fit a brightly-coloured backing, a big bonus for those who are either picky or keen on regularly customising your smartphone.

Its specs too are a far cry from belonging in the bin; it comes with LTE capability, contains a generous 2000mAh battery power, 2GB RAM, HD display, Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 600 processor, a 13 megapixel back camera, as well as a 5 megapixel front camera for you selfie kings and queens.

But we have to admit we’re a tad bit upset that it comes with an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It’s slightly old-fashioned by today's standards and considering it’s not even out in the market yet, it should at least be on Android 4.4 (KitKat). Otherwise, the Nubia Z5S Mini’s specs are bang on for a cheaper handset.    

Also, you’ve got to have some patience before you can try it out for yourself. ZTE claims the Nubia Z5S Mini, along with the Blade L2 and KIS 3, will hit our shores by the end of this year. Keep checking Stuff for all of the details, we’ll update them as soon as we have them.  

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