ZTE Intros Nubia 5, Grand S Smartphones in US
The two handsets run Android and boast 5-in. displays with advanced 13-megapixel cameras.Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE launched two handsets in the United States, the Nubia 5 and the Grand S, two midrange devices running Google’s Android operating system and coming to the market this week through Amazon and other online retailers. The Nubia 5 is compatible with GSM/UMTS (Global System for Mobile Communications/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) carriers and is available for preorder Oct. 5 with a suggested price of $449.99. Features include a 13 megapixel camera with a Konica-Minolta lens and intelligent stabilization, a 5-inch touch-screen display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz quad-core central processing units and 16GB of storage space. The handset’s camera also offers three photography modes: Fun Mode, Auto Mode and Pro Mode. Fun Mode is for taking quick snapshots and applying filters, while Auto Mode provides a step up in features, like smile recognition and high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. Lastly, Pro Mode brings the core functions of a more advanced digital camera into the phone through features like four-direction panoramic shooting, burst-mode continuous shooting, and putting control of light, focus, and gradient into the user's hands.
"As the software and apps available on today's smartphones replace more and more of the other devices we use on a daily basis, the specifications for features like cameras, displays and speakers are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The Nubia 5 really pushes that trend further," Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA, said in a statement. "Moreover, the launch of the ZTE Nubia 5 builds on our ongoing commitment to the U.S. ZTE will be working closely with our customers to make devices like this available in the U.S."