Most Chinese manufacturers aren’t too vocal when it comes to releases on the local market and rightfully so, as otherwise, we would find ourselves in even deeper trouble with confusing naming schemes and localized variants then we already are. This is likely why ZTE didn’t make that much fuss about the new Nubia N1 handset, unveiled today for the Chinese market.
The device offers solid mid-range specs, including a 5.5-inch FullHD LCD with a pixel density of 441ppi, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, all sittingaround the MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.
The camera setup consists of two 13MP shooters, one on the front and the other on the back, with the latter offering an aperture of f/2.2 and fast phase detection autofocus. Other small details include dual-SIM support with LTE and VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS plus GLONASS, a USB Type-C connector and a fingerprint reader on the back, all inside a metal body in Silver or Gold, styled following traditional Nubia guidelines.
But the proverbial icing on the cake definitely goes to the hefty 5,000 mAh battery pack sealed inside the Nubia N1. This allows it to target a very specific niche within the Android market, without many other popular contenders, well, expect perhaps the Asus Zenfone Max, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro and the Gionee Marathon M5. However, the asking price for the device is CNY 1699 ($255), which doesn’t make it all that competitive even with the extra juice. Still, Asian market trends have yielded surprises in the past, so it is early to jump to conclusions.