ZTE, one of the big Chinese device manufacturers, has launched its new flagship phone, the Nubia Z9. On paper the new model looks like a real high-end device and that's especially true for the camera. The 16MP Sony CMOS sensor appears to be the same as in the recently announced LG G4. It is combined with an F2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization. For selfie shooters there's an 8MP wide-angle camera at the front. 

The 1080p screen resolution looks a little dated next to the Quad-HD screens of many competitors in the high-end bracket but the Snapdragon 810 SoC is one of the most powerful chips currently available. In terms of memory users can choose between the Classic edition with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the Elite edition with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

The most interesting innovation sits in the Z9's frame though. The display bezels are only 0.8mm thin and the phone comes with a new technology that ZTE calls Frame Interaction Technology (FiT). It allows users to touch or swipe the edges of the frame to perform certain actions, such as launching an app or accessing the settings. Pre-defined gestures include sliding your fingers across the edges to adjust screen brightness or switching between apps by flicking your thumb up or down. The camera can be launched by placing four fingertips on the four corners of the screen.

The ZTE Nubia Z9 will be available in China from May 21. The Classic edition will cost you approximately $565 while the Elite edition is $645. There is also en Elite edition with a fingerprint sensor that has been integrated into the side of the device which is $725. There is no word yet on availability outside of China.

Key Specifications:

  • 16MP Sony IMX234 CMOS sensor
  • F2.0 lens
  • Optical Image stabilization
  • 4K video
  • 8MP front camera with 80-degree wide-angle lens
  • 5.2-inch 1080p display, 2.5D curved
  • Snapdragon 810 SoC with 64-bit octa-core CPU
  • 4GB RAM/64GB storage (Elite edition) or 3GB RAM/32GB storage (Classic edition)
  • Android 5.0 with Nubia UI 3.0
  • 2,900mAh battery