Product Launch by Luke Jones on Wednesday August 20, 2014.
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Chinese manufacturer ZTE has announced a new smartphone today in the form of the Nubia 5s Mini LTE, a handset that will even get a roll out in the United States. The company is pushing this mid-range handset for its strong camera capabilities and is marketing it with a boast that it is the only sub $300 smartphone with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing snapper.We have been wracking our brains to think of another (new) smartphone with such a camera package, but we can't think of one. In other words, we are passing the baton to you good readers, can you think of another sub $300 smartphone with this lens configuration? As we have become used to with Chinese brands, the ZTE smartphone provides solid value for money, packing a lot of decent specs into what is also a neatly designed package. A quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with 1.5GB of RAM sits under the hood, while there is a 4.7", HD 720 x 1280 screen pasted on the front. In terms of storage, the Nubia 5s Mini LTE gets 16GB of on board space and a microSD card slot, although the storage can only be expanded to 32GB. As the name suggests, the new ZTE smartphone is also LTE compatible, giving you super-fast data speeds for a solid price. Unfortunately, the Nubia 5s Mini comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and we just cannot fathom why; where is 4.4 KitKat? Let?s talk about the cameras now, as ZTE is certainly pushing the device based on its lenses. The 13 megapixel camera around the back comes with a BSI image sensor and LED flash, while the selfie crowd should be pretty happy with a 5 megapixel lens on the front of the device. Both lenses are also capable of shooting HD 720p video at 30fps. Overall the Nubia 5s Mini LTE proves to be a fairly compelling option, especially as it only costs $279.99 through Amazon in the US. It is certainly nice to see ZTE rolling out a device away from its native China, and there are enough mid-range kicks here to make the 5s Mini a decent edition to the market. Jelly Bean though... why? source: ZTE
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.