The ZTE Nubia Z7 was an amazing flagship back in 2014, but today, it still is, the only difference, is that it is way cheaper. The handset packs an amazing Quad HD or 2K display which has roughly 500+ pixels, all in a 5.5 inch display. The device is also powered by last generations top tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 graphics chipset. Which today, still is powerful enough to handle all apps in the market. Coupled with the powerful chipset is 3 GB RAM and 32 GB Storage (expandable). And running Nubia 2.0 (base on Android 4.4 Kitkat and also upgradable to Lollipop).
What is Dive Display?
ZTE has incorporated a new feature called “Dive Display”, which is basically a split screen feature to make single hand operation comfortable and easy to use. The gorgeous IPS display also complements this feature and gives the handset a great and smooth experience. The Nubia 2.0 UI (at stock) offers built in customization options, however, App draw seems to be lacking. There are also some quirks of the OS and bugs which is fortunately fix on software updates.
What are other notable features?
NFC comes built in, also the handset supports Dual SIM and 4G LTE (see above table for frequencies). In terms of Audio, ZTE has embedded AK4961 chipset onboard for High Quality Audio output. Furthermore, the camera is also worth noticing, comes with 13 MP Exmor RS Sensor main camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization enabled).
Premium build quality and expected battery life.
The build quality of the Nubia Z7 bares no flaws, it feels great and never feels cheap. The QuadHD display does have one big drawback, and that entails Battery life, it is power hungry compared to 1080p displays and coupled with a powerful processor, then battery life is expected to suffer. The ZTE Nubia Z7 with a frugal 3100mAh battery doesn’t fair much either. This issue is not only isolated to the Nubia Z7 but true to all QuadHD Smartphones back. That’s why, they are in limited supply.
A great display but a little power hungry
The ZTE Nubia Z7 is a masterpiece, especially worth nothing is the gorgeous 2K Display. Performance is good, Audio output sounds great and the camera is capable and even competitive by today’s standards. Unfortunately, Battery life is a sacrifice you should be expecting. Since it is a price of a powerful display. The battery life isn’t really bad, but don’t expect too much of it.
Overall, the ZTE Nubia Z7 is a great Flagship, back in the day and also today. It’s current price puts it in the high midrange mark. But totally worth the investment if you love the 2K Display.
Highlights of ZTE Nubia Z7
2K or QuadHD Display, ultra high 538 pixel per inch
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Chipset
3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal Storage (expandable Storage)
Nubia UI (Android 4.4 – upgradable to 5.0)
13 MP Sony IMX CMOS, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)