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Jaw-dropping specs leak for ZTE’s next flagship


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Smartphone specs are gradually creeping upwards year-by-year, but ZTE’s next flagship seems to have skipped a few iterations.

A leaked spec sheet for the upcoming ZTE Nubia Z9 reveals curious component choices. And by curious, we mean utterly bewildering.

For starters, the Nubia NX508J model listed on TENAA – as first spotted by GizmoChina – shows a device using 8GB of RAM.

Most current flagship handsets use 3GB of RAM, and we’ve seen a spattering of 4GB units; 8GB of memory on a smartphone is frankly unheard of.

It’s an odd choice, because that degree of memory is something you’d expect to see on a notebook or a low-end computer, rather than a handset.

RAM is the memory your phone uses for temporal and immediate tasks i.e. running Crossy Road. That’s in contrast to a phone’s main storage module, which is used for long-term holding of files – photos of your cat, for instance.

We’d find it hard to argue the case for 8GB of RAM on a phone; you’ll never be multi-tasking to the point where that amount of spare memory is necessary.

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Moving on, then. The phone is also tipped to use an octa-core processor clocked at 3.5GHz. Again, is this a laptop?!

Most smartphones tend to top out at around 2.5GHz clock speeds, so we’re unsure why ZTE feels the need to make use of such a high rate.

What’s more, it uses eight cores. That’s not unusual, but most apps can’t even make use of four processor cores. So a 3.5GHz octa-core chip is pretty absurd for a smartphone that generally requires minimal computing heft.

Fortunately, the rest of the spec sheet is par for the flagship course. We’re looking at a 5.15-inch display, 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.

It looks set to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, comes packing a 3,000mAh battery, and will offer 4G/LTE network support.

The device is expected to be unveiled on May 6, so it’ll be interesting to see what ZTE has in store for us.


April 30, 2015, 11:20 am

Looks like they're gunning for Windows 10 Continuum use with external display?

Graham Culleton

April 30, 2015, 1:47 pm

My thought exactly Windows 10 would be a peach on specs like these. I suspect the octa-core will be a 4/4 design with the 3.5Ghz a turbo on 4 of them, but hey we'll see.


April 30, 2015, 7:18 pm

Does a Corsair Hydro Series H100i come as an optional extra?!


April 30, 2015, 7:56 pm

< hey we'll see. >


April 30, 2015, 9:02 pm

Hmm guess will see where this is going soon enough.


May 1, 2015, 9:08 am

My initial thought as well, if this is the direction ZTE has gone then its certainly an interesting prospect for a phone/workstation, I'm assuming its one of the new Atom processors so would actually be a pretty good workhorse for desktop work

mark choletti

May 1, 2015, 10:43 am

Are they going to call it "the overkill"? Or does it double as a desktop p-c as well?

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