With nearly identical hardware and a much lower price tag, the ZTE Nubia Z7 managed to trail the LG G3 in AnTuTu benchmarks by less than 2,000 points.
It was just yesterday when ZTE officially announced the Nubia Z7 with hardware specs that are nearly identical to the LG G3 at a much lower price, and looking at recent AnTuTu benchmarks obtained by GSMInsider it seems the Z7 is almost just as powerful too.
Codenamed NX505J, the Nubia Z7 managed to score 34,356 points on the AnTuTu version 4 benchmark application compared to the 35,974 points reportedly scored by the LG G3 last month. Both handsets sport a 5.5-inch QHD screen with Snapdragon 801 chipsets and 3GB of RAM.
Even with a slightly lower score than the G3, the Nubia Z7 still occupies a spot in the AnTuTu ranks squarely between the Galaxy Note 3 and S4 from Samsung, both of which only feature 1080p FHD displays and Snapdragon 800 processors.
It might seem strange that the Nubia Z7 and G3 both scored lower than the Galaxy Note 3 despite having an upgraded SoC, but this is mostly attributed to the 2K displays which require a lot more system resources than their Full-HD counter parts. We saw the same thing happen with the 2K Oppo Find 7.
Looking further, the AnTuTu benchmark results also reveal the usable RAM of the Nubia Z7 is 2.46GB out of 3GB and nearly 11GB of internal storage is occupied by the operating system, giving you a total of 53GB to work with before requiring expansion via microSD.
With benchmark scores like these and a significantly lower no-contract price of $550, the million dollar question is whether or not the Z7 will ever make its way to the United States. It certainly has potential to give LG a run for their money, but a lack of market presence outside of Asia will make it hard for the smartphone maker to compete with the big boys.