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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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Weird strategy...
By Arkive on 8/20/14, Rating: 0
RE: Weird strategy...
By Brandon Hill on 8/20/2014 2:02:33 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's strategy obviously isn't going to work for every company.

Apple's strategy is to give people what IT thinks they want -- there was a Steve Jobs quote about this I think...
Most competitors strategy is to give people a broad range of devices to choose from and stick with what works (cutting out the poor-performing models).

RE: Weird strategy...
By MDme on 8/20/2014 2:39:00 PM , Rating: 3
By apple strategy I thought you were referring to making pretty looking devices that are underspecced with poor battery life that break easy when dropped.

RE: Weird strategy...
By Samus on 8/20/2014 6:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
I had you until that underspecced and poor battery life part...

Apple's ARM CPU's are always pushing the envelope. Even their mobile CPU's are cutting edge with an in-house Intel dev team. Couple this with Apple getting the highest-binned CPU's from the fabs...I'm no Apple fan but if it wasn't for the Macbook Air we wouldn't be anywhere near where we are now with Ultrabook CPU's.

Even Bill Gates said project Currier (later reborn as the Surface) would never have been born, even 10 years late, if it weren't for Apple's demand for high performance ULV parts, something Microsoft never seemed to have the weight to get Intel to produce.

Microsoft has had a poor relationship with Intel for years. Intel being unable to supply them a performance part for the Surface RT forced Microsoft to port Windows to ARM.

No T-mobile 700MHZ LTE :(
By Gunbuster on 8/20/2014 2:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
Only supports 4G-LTE band2/4/5/17.

This would be a bad idea for anyone wanting to use the upcoming T-Mobile 700Mhz Band 12 LTE.

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