Just like the LG G3, ZTE’s Nubia Z7 offers up a 5.5-inch QHD screen with a Snapdragon 801 and 13MP OIS camera, but with a much lower price $550.
The LG G3 is without a doubt the hottest smartphone on the market right now, but Chinese handset maker ZTE is looking to give the highly praised flagship a run for its money by offering the same hardware specs at a much lower price with its new Nubia Z7 phablet.
Just like the G3, the Nubia Z7 boasts a 5.5-inch QHD display with a super sharp resolution of 1440×2560 that offers up a retina busting pixel density of 538ppi. It is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset found in the G3 and is equipped with a luxurious 3GB of RAM.
ZTE also gave the Nubia Z7 a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a slightly faster f/2.0 aperture compared to the f/2.4 shooter found on the G3. This should result in better performance in low light situations and less blur when shooting motion. On the front, the Nubia Z7 sports a 5MP camera that offers up more than double the resolution than that of the LG G3.
Built in storage is matched at 32GB, as is battery capacity at 3200 mAh. To help conserve battery power, the Nubia Z7 offers a special feature called Display RAM, which is pretty much the same Panel Self Refresh technology offered up by LG. Connectivity support includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, FDD LTE and dual SIM support.
In terms of hardware, the ZTE Nubia Z7 is nearly identical to the LG G3, but its appearance is a different story. At 153.2 x 75.7 x 8.9 mm the Z7 is slightly wider and taller than the G3 thanks to larger bezels around the screen. Bear in mind we are only talking a few millimeters, but the Nubia Z7 will look larger in a side-by-side comparison.
The Z7 also features a more traditional flat-edge design that mimics the look of an iPhone compared to the rounded design of the G3. All of the controls are where you would expect them to be with power and volume buttons on the left edge and a home button centered on the bottom edge of the display whereas the G3 features LG’s signature rear-mounted controls underneath the camera.
On the back of the Nubia Z7 you will find a flat plastic plate that resembles the Google Nexus 5, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the more premium brushed metal back plate found on the G3. The camera configuration is also a bit different as ZTE opted for a LED flash mounted directly below the lens opposed to the right side like on the G3.
Another notable difference is the much larger speaker port found near the bottom of the Z7. It spans the entire width of the handset compared to the G3 which has a much smaller speaker port offset to the left, but it is unclear if this difference will actually result in better sound quality.
Overall, the Nubia Z7 is a noble contender to the LG G3, and with a no-contract price tag of $550 it is exceptionally cheaper too. The only problem is we don’t know if the Z7 will be sold outside of Asia at this time.