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The Nubia 5S mini LTE is a well-rounded device, but disappoints on battery life and camera quality

ZTE is currently the world’s fifth largest smartphone manufacturer, and it’s continuing its rapid pace of launching new smartphone models to blanket every possible price point.
 
Today, the company is announcing Nubia 5S mini LTE, which is a mid-range offering that will be offered in the U.S. For a mid-range offering, the Nubia 5S mini LTE comes pretty well equipped with 4.7” 720p IGZO display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (2GB RAM), 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot, 2000 mAh battery, and a 13MP rear camera paired with a 5MP front-facing camera.

 
The Verge has already posted a review of the smartphone and while they praised the screen and build quality, the battery life and camera were letdowns. With regards to battery life:
 
I was most disappointed with the 5S mini's battery life. With light use, I could get it to last a full day, from the time I get up to the time I go to bed, but anything beyond that and I had to stop and charge the battery…The 5S mini's smaller battery and less efficient processor definitely hold it back in that regard.
 
As for the camera:
 
The camera is also a bit of a disappointment. ZTE has built a very cool and very capable camera app that offers lots of control over focus and exposure, but the images from the 13-megapixel sensor are just not very good…ZTE actually provides the option to turn off noise reduction, which is something you just don't see often in a smartphone camera app, but when it's disabled, images are then very noisy, even in good lighting.
 
The Nubia 5S mini LTE is already listed for pre-order on Amazon’s website for $279.99 unlocked/no-contract and will operate on AT&T or T-Mobile wireless networks. It will be available starting August 27.

 
For comparison, a Motorola Moto X comes with a 4.7” 720p display, dual-core Snapdragon processor (2GB RAM), 16GB of internal storage, 2200 mAh battery, and a 10MP rear/2MP front-facing camera. The Moto X will run you $349.99 without a contract.

Sources: Amazon, The Verge, Gartner





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