This is madness. This is… most likely a typo-filled Tenaa listing.
If household names in the mobile industry generally tend to uncover their “standard” flagships first, then follow them up with diminutive and/or jumbo-sized spin-offs, a China-based up-and-comer recently adopted the opposite strategy and took the wraps off the mini and max versions to whet our appetite.
Now, everybody’s looking forward to the base ZTE Nubia Z9, particularly as the Z9 mini isn’t very “mini” footprint-wise and as far as specifications go. Then you have this remarkable 5.5-inch Z9 Max that only lacks Quad HD screen resolution to match or exceed the wow factors of the LG G4 or Samsung Galaxy S6.
Of course, ZTE can’t sneak up on us with extremely surprising Z9 hardware anymore, given the altitude the Z9 Max already set the bar at. Unless the 5.5 incher was merely smoke and mirrors, and its 5.2-inch “cousin” will knock our socks off with never-before-seen features.
Where could this possibly take the ludicrous Android spec wars? How about in 8 GB RAM space? You read that right, the ZTE Nubia Z9 may dwarf most of today’s sub-$1,000 laptops. It probably won’t, although Tenaa, which is essentially the Chinese FCC equivalent, very rarely stands in error after welcoming a device for regulatory approval.
And believe it or not, Tenaa writes in black and white Z9’s memory count sits at a gigantic 8 gigs, with a 3.5 GHz octa-core processor running the performance show. Wait, what 3.5 GHz octa-core? The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, which we thought was the best CPU in the world, barely reaches clock speeds of 2 GHz on its Cortex-A57 quartet.
Meanwhile, its four Cortex-A53 cores can accelerate up to 1.6 GHz, so maybe Tenaa summed the two figures up, dropped 0.1 GHz somewhere and erroneously listed the total. It’s the only reasonable explanation.
And it checks out when you take a look at the phone’s way too modest Full HD display and 8 MP rear-facing camera. Oh, Tenaa, Tenaa, how blindly we used to trust you.