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Topic # 171647 26-Apr-2015 16:15
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I've been keeping an eye out for mid-range phones that have decent processors, screens and battery life and I think the ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini fits that bill. Despite being called a mini it does have a 5" screen though.

Someone did a review at gizmochina and it's quite reasonably priced for ~$300 USD on Ebay and Aliexpress

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 am quite tempted. 




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  Reply # 1291809 26-Apr-2015 18:10
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That's a really nice looking phone, only worry is the chinese language ROM and the note about some dubious translations.  Good to see the battery life, and full 2g/3g/4g on both SIMs

My first smartphone was a ZTE Blade, very impressive VFM back in 2011

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  Reply # 1292131 27-Apr-2015 11:05
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Nubia Z9 Mini is a nice looking phone. I was considering buying it aswell. But as above, the dubious translations of the ROM and sometimes no translations at all is a bit of a turn off. Also, the Snapdragon 615 with it's overheating issues. The Nubia Z7 Mini is a better spec phone as it's got SD 801, but doesn't look as attractive as the Z9 Mini. But you could just get a replacement glass back cover for that I guess.

If you don't mind the bigger size, I would suggest checking out the upcoming Elephone P7000, the Jiayu S3 or wait to see how the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 turns out. The Elephone and Jiayu both use the Mediatek MT6752 which is suppose to be a rival of the Snapdragon 615 and the MediaTek is superior to the SD615. And the Redmi Note 2 is rumored to be packing the higher end MT6795.

The Jiayu S3 is ~USD$200 and the Elephone P7000 is ~USD$230, so they are cheaper and better spec'd compared to the Nubia Z9 Mini.



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  Reply # 1292197 27-Apr-2015 12:23
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I haven't seen anything about Snapdragon 615 overheating. The Jiayu S3 looks ok but still running Kit Kat 4.4.4 

Do you have any comparisons between Snapdragon 615 and MT6752?




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  Reply # 1292307 27-Apr-2015 15:58
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I read it in various tech sites regarding heating issues with the SD615, along with the SD810. There was a report saying they found both were having issues with overheating.

The Jiayu S3 is supposedly getting a Lollipop update in the near future... The Jiayu S3's got really good feedback and it got a decent camera at a very good price.

Here's a Vietnamese comparison with the HTC Desire 820 and Desire 820S. Both have the same hardware except 820 is packing the SD615 SoC and the 820S has got the MT6752.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvJ5xnaO89Y


The MT6752 is faster performance wise, and it's also cheaper.

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