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ZTE unveils Nubia Z9 with ultrathin bezels

ZTE Nubia Z9
ZTE Nubia Z9
The new ZTE Nubia Z9 features Frame Interactive Technology (FIT), allowing the user to perform various tasks by touching or swiping along the sides of the phone.

ZTE unveiled today its new flagship smartphone, Nubia Z9. Apart from top-end components, it features what the company called „bezel-less design" as well as ZTE’s own technology, called FIT (Frame Interactive Technology).

The 5.2-inch, FullHD Nubia Z9 comes with a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. There are three versions of the phone. The Classic edition got 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, the Elite edition features 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The high-end, Premier edition shares the specifications of Elite edition but comes with additional fingerprint sensor integrated with the phone’s Home key.

The rest of the specs are common for all versions. They include a 16 MP main camera and 8 MP front-facing one, LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, 2900 mAh battery and dual-SIM capability.

Contrary to what the aforementioned „bezel-less design" phrase suggests, the phone actually has bezels, although they are only 0.8 mm thick. What is more interesting about them, though, is the Frame Interactive Technology (FIT). It allows the user to perform various tasks by touching or swiping along the sides of the phone. We can, for example, adjust the screen brightness by swiping fingers along both sides simultaneously or launch the camera by touching the phone in the four points where we would normally hold it while taking photos.

The ZTE Nubia Z9 will be available in China from May 21. There are no details regarding availability in other markets so far. The Classic version has been priced at $560, the Elite at $645 and Premier at $725.


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Arkadiusz Piasek, 2015-05- 7 (Update: 2015-05- 8)