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ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE launches in the US on August 27

ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE Android Jelly Bean smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 13 MP back camera
ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE
Although it features a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and only comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the $279.99 USD nubia 5S mini has a 13 MP back camera with advanced capabilities and more.

ZTE USA announced the nubia 5S mini smartphone earlier this week and made it already available for preorder on, while full retail availability will follow on August 27. While the handset does not offer flagship features all-around, the official press release praises it for the "intelligent settings, DSLR-like control and photo editing and effects once reserved for third party apps."

ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE packs the following specs and features:

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 32 GB
  • Display: 4.7-inch Sharp IGZO touchscreen with 720X1,280 pixels
  • Cameras: 5 MP front, 13 MP back
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.26 pounds; 5.31X2.59X0.34 inches
  • Battery/Autonomy: Lithium-ion 2,000 mAh; up to 30 hours standby and 400 minutes talk time

The main camera of the ZTE nubia 5S mini features a BSI image sensor, F2.2 aperture and five precision optical lens, as well as LED flash and blue glass composite IR filter. It has three photo modes - Fun, Auto and Pro - "for virtually any scenario or user – from first time smartphone owners to award-winning smartphone photographer."

The ZTE nubia 5S mini costs $279.99 USD, a very competitive price considering its photo capabilities and the lack of any carrier and contract restrictions.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-08-22 (Update: 2021-05-18)