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Jul 16, 2013

ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini with 4.7-Inch Screen




Today, Chinese mobile phone maker ZTE has officially announced a new smartphone running under Google’s Android operating system, namely the Nubia Z5 mini.

The smartphone was unveiled with a 4.7-inch touchscreen capable of delivering a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, as well as with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor packed inside. The specs list of the new device also includes 2GB of RAM, along with a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, and a 5MP front camera for making video calls.

The handset comes with Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on top right from the beginning, 16GB of internal memory, microSD memory card slot, and a 2300mAh battery. The smartphone arrives on shelves with support for 3G networks and WiFi connectivity, and features a price tag of 1888 Yuan ($308 / €235), gizchina reports.



ZTE Nubia Z5 mini
Images credits to Sina Weibo via GizChina

Oppo Plans Windows Phone 8-Based Find 5 Version




Chinese mobile phone maker Oppo is reportedly getting ready for the launch of a Windows Phone 8-based device, one that would land on shelves as a new flavor of the Find 5 smartphone.

In fact, it appears that the company’s Social Marketing Director Li Ying Ming has already posted on Sina Weibo a series of mock-up photos that show the flagship device running under Windows Phone 8, which gives more power to said rumor. Given that these are only mock-up photos, it’s not fully confirmed that the company is indeed planning the launch of said device, so we’ll have to wait for an official announcement on the matter to be sure.

However, as liverside notes, this is not the first time that the company is rumored to plan the launch of a handset powered by Microsoft’s mobile operating system, and things might pan out in the end.

Oppo teases Windows Phone 8 device
Image credits to Sina Weibo via Liverside

iPhone 5S Specs Leaked: 4” IGZO Display, 12MP Camera, Quad-Core GPU




New photos and, more importantly, hardware specifications of the iPhone 5S have reportedly leaked from the Chinese supply chain.

Obtained by EXP Review, a Chinese hardware site (which is currently experiencing some downtime for obvious reasons) and dished out by ExtremeTech, both the photos and the specs seem on par with the latest industry chatter. The phone looks identical to the iPhone 5, meaning the 5S will be a regular incremental update (as expected), while the technical specifications go roughly like this: 4-inch (1136×640) IGZO display; 2GB of RAM; quad-core PowerVR SGX544MP4 GPU; dual-core CPU clocked a bit higher than the current A6; NFC; fingerprint scanner.

I wouldn’t get my hopes up for that NFC bit if Apple sticks with metal for the chassis (you know, NFC doesn’t go well together with aluminum), but the rest of the specs seem plausible, if not probable. The photos are certainly tantalizing, but not if you consider the high probability that these are nothing more than Chinese knockoffs destined to run Android. I'm skeptical, but there you have it.

Alleged iPhone 5S chassis
Image credits to EXP Review via ExtremeTech

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