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ZTE Announces nubia 5s mini LTE, Pre-order Available Through Amazon for $280

Another budget-friendly, off-contract device is available for American buyers this morning, the nubia 5s mini LTE from ZTE. The device is available through pre-order for US consumers directly from Amazon for the price of $279.99. As for specs, don’t expect to be blown away, but one thing the phone does have, is LTE connectivity.

The nubia 5s mini LTE features a Sharp-made IGZO 4.7″ HD display, Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing, 16GB of onboard memory, microSD for support up to 32GB of storage, 2,000mAh battery, and 4G LTE connectivity on T-Mobile and AT&T. 

The ZTE device doesn’t seem all that bad on paper, and may actually be a good buy for those who enjoy off-contract prices, but don’t need all the fancy specs. ZTE in its marketing material mentions the device’s camera quite often, hoping to make the mobile photography community swoon. As for the camera’s features, it has a few different modes (Pro, Auto, Fun), but delivers “DSLR-like” controls and professional quality photos.

For those interested, a link to Amazon’s pre-order page is below.

Amazon Pre-order Link

ZTE unlocks nubia 5S mini in the U.S. with LTE, quad-core power and premier smartphone camera

nubia 5S mini LTE advances smartphone photography with powerful camera platform that delivers a smarter, smoother way to capture, edit and share life’s moments – all unlocked and available now

Richardson, TX, August 20, 2014—ZTE USA, one of the fastest-growing smartphone manufacturers in the United States*, today announced the nubia 5S mini LTE will be available unlocked beginning August 27 and for preorder today, online at Amazon.com for $279.99. The phone’s 13 megapixel rear-camera and 5 megapixel front-camera capture HD video and high-quality images effortlessly with intelligent settings, DSLR-like control and photo editing and effects once reserved for third party apps. The sophisticated camera platform and LTE speeds are matched by the phone’s thin, light build and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Quad Core processor.

“Selling the nubia 5S mini LTE unlocked, direct to consumers shows ZTE has faith in its products and is capable of delivering LTE devices and consumer-focused innovation in the U.S.,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “Offering an unlocked Android phone via Amazon addresses consumer demand for alternative devices that deliver more personal value than mainstream brands and don’t tie them to one mobile eco-system.”

The nubia 5S mini LTE smartphone camera software has distinctive independent control of focus, light metering and white balance functionality. It is one of the first widely available phones that has both a 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel camera. The advanced combination of hardware and software capture images that are truer to color as the eye sees and produce excellent dark field, macro and color reproduction.

The phone offers three camera modes, Fun, Auto and Pro, for virtually any scenario or user – from first time smartphone owners to award-winning smartphone photographers. The compact, slim design at only 4.52 ounces makes the nubia 5S mini LTE the perfect travel companion – wherever in the world it goes.

As an unlocked smartphone, carrier and contract restrictions do not apply – roam free and upgrade when you want. For those seeking the most flexibility, avoiding a two year contract or wanting to upgrade now, the nubia 5S mini LTE is a smart choice.

  • Brian Farnham

    hmm, i might get this to replace my moto x, i just can’t stand the bad camera on my phone and no sd card

  • OppositeViewPoint

    Still Samsung or LG……………

  • M3D1T8R

    If that camera turns out to be actually good quality, this looks decent.
    Anyone know what skin this uses? I think it is only 4.2.2 [edit: 4.3], but is it basically stock or does zte have some skin over it? On screen stock Android keys?
    Looking at this as a possible little WiFi device for my wife (which could you used on prepaid later if wanted). I would have bought her a Moto G but she would like a decent camera.

    • Dominick White

      Its running 4.3 jellybean I believe

      • M3D1T8R

        Thanks, you’re right. I used what I found on another page which doesn’t seem to be accurate.

    • [A]dri[A]n

      It’s running ZTE’s overlay and it uses capacitive buttons. Also, ZTE’s overlay doesn’t utilize an app drawer.

      • webharsh

        capacitive button is only reason I need to not buying it.

  • Disqus_n00b

    Can you replace the battery?

  • paul_cus

    These lesser known OEMs are starting to make some waves. I like the look of this phone.

    • Justin Kos

      Yeah man, I hope they keep up the steam when Im ready to upgrade my nexus 5. Theres no way im paying more than $300, never going back on contract

  • Matt G

    So now we have Nubia 5s, iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5 not confusing at all

    • M3D1T8R

      I agree the name is stupid, but who cares what it’s called. Maybe some ignorant people will be confused by it, but us techies know what’s what, and can just buy the device we know we want, not buy something based off its name.

      • Matt G

        Those ignorant people make up more then 90% of the market. We make up a very small percentage of the market

        • M3D1T8R

          Yeah, so who cares about what they do? Irrelevant to our buying choices.

          • Matt G

            I never said us tech people would be confused. I’m saying that it will confuse the other 90% of people out there

    • Justin Kos

      GooPhone 5!

  • CCCO

    This is actually one of the better spec’d budget phones. Not too shabby…

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    This is what the Moto X should have been.

  • Jimneezy

    That wallpaper…anyone know where I can find that wallpaper?

    • Suicide_Note

      Google it, perhaps?

      • Jimneezy

        Thanks but I’ve tried that, I’m assuming since its just on the market I’ll just have to be patient

        • Suicide_Note

          It does look pretty nice. Hopefully it pops up somewhere for download.

  • DanielMena9

    Sony Xperia Z1 Compact : 5.0 x 2.56 x 0.37 in

    ZTE Nubia 5s : 5.3 x 2.60 x 0.3 in

    Tempting if only they made it *slightly* more compact. But i’m thinking about it. Battery is capacity is also slightly lower at 2,300 vs 2,000 :/

    EDIT: This blows all Moto G and Moto X specs through the water. Especially with those cameras plus battery .

    • Nathan Borup

      This is basically the Moto X with a smaller battery and a higher MP camera… it doesn’t “blow their specs through the water”

      • Grayson

        And a lower end processor. The X8 in the Moto X is a step above the Snapdragon 400. It’s like a dual core S600.

    • Suicide_Note

      *out of the water

  • gadget_hero

    That is a pretty good price for those specs, and its not half bad looking…

    • Bryan Mills

      Aquos Crystal at $240 >>>