Dec 04 2013

ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Arrived

ZTE Nubia Z5 mini

I am happy to announce that I received ZTE Nubia Z5 mini yesterday and I am writing a review about it. Here are the specs as a sneak preview:

  • 4.7″ Sharp display panel with the resolution of 1280×720
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor @ 1.5GHz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Sony CCD rear camera with Konica-Minolta lens
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 16 GB flash
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 2,300 mAh battery

I cannot wait to test the camera because the samples that I have seen have looked even better than the ones taken with my Xiaomi Mi-2, so stay tuned for more.

ZTE Nubia Z5 mini

4 Responses to “ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Arrived”

  • Tadej Says:


    I’m just deciding whether to buy a Xiaomi Mi2 or Z5S mini. Since you own both, could you tell me how they compare? Are there any firmware updates available for Z5S mini? Which frequqncies do they work on for 3G? We have 900/2100.

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Tadej,

      As far as I am concerned, there are three main differences:

      1. (display) size
      2. camera software
      3. MIUI

      The larger display makes the Nubia taller and a bit wider than the Mi-2. However, they are the same in thickness. The only thing I have been disappointed with the Nubia is its ZTE stock camera application. It has only a very basic and limited options, not even close to what I would demand as a photographer. Luckily there are better camera apps available in the Play Store so it is not an issue. Mi-2 (MIUI) camera application has evolved during my first year of use and it has become even better, covering almost every imaginable option, I absolutely love it. The last difference is the MIUI that Xiaomi uses. It has many small features that are missing in other Androids, such as unobtrusive call recording, amazing music player, weekly firmware updates, block lists for unwanted persons and a huge amount of unbelievably creative themes. Not even once have I had to remove the battery because of hanging, unlike with Samsung Galaxy series that I have had.

      I do not know how ZTE will release software updates, it remains to be seen.

      Both Mi-2 and Nubia Z5 mini support WCDMA 3G 850/2100 MHz frequencies. I live in Finland where we have 900/2100 MHz like you have. This means that I cannot use faster 3G speed if I am in a rural location. I can still access the Internet but with slower Edge speed. Finnish cellular operators provide detailed maps where I can see the coverage of both 850 and 2100 MHz and there I can see that all more populated areas and all the highways/larger intercity roads are covered with 2100 MHz. I have been very satisfied with network speeds with my Mi-2.

      So which one to buy? The only negative issue about my Mi-2 is that its display is now one year later small compared to the other phones. I have fallen in love with MIUI and I can warmly recommend it. How about waiting for a WCDMA version Mi-3?

  • Yuri Feigin Says:


    I will be very grateful if you could clarify the 3G frequencies support of the Z5s. You’ve mentioned that it supports 850/2100, but in their official website they claim that it supports only 2100, while in many non official familiar websites it is mentioned that it supports 900/2100. Are you sure that it doesn’t support 900 and are you sure that it supports 850? (and not only 2100?)

    Thank You,


    • arinium Says:

      Hi Yuri,

      There are four different variations of Nubia Z5: The regular Z5, Z5 mini, Z5S (“S” meaning “speed”) and Z5S mini. I have the Z5 mini with older hardware. I am pretty sure that my Z5 mini supports WCDMA 850/2100, although I have not yet found a way to confirm it.

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