ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone review

The smartphone is supplied in a small (160x90x65 mm) white cardboard box with a single inscription in the corporate style - "nubia". Inside the package you will find two more flat boxes. Both are made of high-quality plastic: one is transparent, the other is matte. The first contains headphones, a USB cable and a power adapter. All accessories are white. In the second, slightly denser one, there is a smartphone in a red bath and an envelope containing a special clip for removing the SIM card tray, a protective film for the screen, a warranty card, documentation, a blue magnet with the inscription "nubia" and two square things with an adhesive back. .

Introduction

The ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone has been on sale in our market for a long time, but these were only “gray” deliveries. Officially, the device went on sale in July 2013, but the announcement of the novelty itself was scheduled for the end of the month.

The event was held in the place where a couple of years ago we were shown the Nokia N9. I really hope that Nubia Z5 does not suffer the same fate as the original, but failed N9 gadget.

Nubia's presentation was rather boring, as we had to listen first to a long native speech of a ZTE representative, and then to a broken Russian "speech" translator. Since I attended this "event", I must at least briefly share interesting information about the device under the mystical name Nubia (although in colloquial speech this name is perceived somewhat ambiguously - "nub" - "inexperienced player").

The name of the device "Nubia" ("Nubia") comes from the historical region in the Nile Valley (between the first and sixth rapids, that is, north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and south of Aswan in Egypt), the birthplace of an ancient civilization known as the kingdom of Kush. The word "Nubia" itself probably comes from the ancient Egyptian word nub - gold. “Indeed, low rocky mountains abound in gold-bearing quartz, from which people learned to extract the precious metal even in ancient times.”

The corporate identity of the logo was not left without attention: the dot at the end of the word means “source”, and the red circle means “endless possibilities”. From my point of view, it looks interesting, but not fresh, because it resembles the Sony VAIO trademark.

According to representatives of the ZTE group of companies, a smartphone should have three properties:

  • Aesthetic design
  • The most convenient user interface
  • Comfortable one-hand operation

According to Ni Fei, CEO of nubia, the brand is positioned in the high-end segment and is aimed at consumers with a strong personality who do not want to be like others. “We are not aiming for a technology race and price war,” says Mr. Ni Fei, “we want to explore consumer perceptions and emotional demands and provide our customers with products that help them fully express themselves, satisfy personal preferences and enjoy working with the most modern and advanced technologies.

Well, we will talk about the design of ZTE Nubia Z5 in the next section of the review.

Design, dimensions, controls

Since the flagship model Nubia Z5 belongs to the luxury segment, the well-known Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni had a hand in creating the look of the smartphone. He is one of the founders of Bolidism - a movement that originated in the eighties of the last century and spread to all areas of human life. This direction assumed streamlined forms, which were used not only in design, but also in architecture. Among the designer's regular partners are such well-known companies as Oregon Scientific Seiko, Siemens, Alessi, Nissan, Deborah and others.

According to Giovannoni, “a product is an emotion and a memory of life, in turn, good design is a poem about life that awakens reflections in people.” He believes that “a mobile phone is not just a communication tool, but a work of art, an emotional and individual image that can reflect the worldview. This is the subtext of the design of nubia Z5, which is based on the courage of discovery, creation and the absence of boundaries.

It seems to me that mentioning famous designers, artists and constructors is more of a marketing ploy: a potential user heard a "big" name and decided to purchase a branded device. And whether these designers and artists participated in the creation of devices - no one will know anyway.

The gadget has a rectangular shape with slightly rounded corners. Dimensions are as follows: 138 x 68.8 x 7.6 mm, weight is only 126 grams. At the presentation, the Z5 was compared in size with the Galaxy S4 (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm) and One (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm) - flagship smartphones from Samsung and HTC, respectively. Emphasis was placed precisely on the small thickness of the Z5, since the S4 has it 7.9 mm, while the One has 9.3 mm. If the difference in thickness between ZTE and HTC can theoretically be felt, then catching 0.3 mm (S4 vs Nubia) is unrealistic.

We also compared the thickness of the frame: for example, for the Galaxy S4 and HTC One it is 3.5 mm, and for the ZTE Nubia Z5 it is 2.67 mm. It turns out that the useful display area of ​​Nubia is 73%, while the other two competitors have 72% each. Judging by the numbers, Nubia wins again, but in reality it is practically not noticeable, i.e. It is extremely difficult to distinguish by eye who has a narrower frame.

The frame of the case and the side faces of the smartphone are made of metal (aluminum alloy). The material has a rough sanding, so I can't add that it looks very elegant (much like the metal edging in the Meizu MX2). The model is the first to use Direct Laser Patterning (LDS) technology, allowing antennas to be placed across the entire rear panel, giving the Nubia Z5 full network support, including GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/LTE networks. If you are interested in what it is, you can read here.

“Five-layer painting is used in the manufacture to achieve the most comfortable thickness of 120 microns.”

Rear non-removable cover is made of plastic coated with soft-touch. By the way, at the presentation it was said that this is not quite plastic, but something similar to rubber. Maybe this is so, but to the touch it is no different from the well-known velvety material, in fact, its surface behaves in the same way: fingerprints are practically invisible, the hand does not slip, small scratches are indistinguishable.

The screen is protected by a special glass, so nothing terrible happened to the display during active operation. I'll go into a little more detail in a separate section. The surface is not very easily soiled, I think there is an oleophobic coating.

The assembly is excellent: nothing plays or creaks, when squeezed, the case does not crack or bend to the battery.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel (light and proximity). They function quite correctly. Next to them is the front camera. The speaker is located very close to the edge of the upper edge, besides, it is quite sharp, and during active work with the phone it gets very hot (metal after all). Therefore, leaning against the ear is unpleasant! If you want to talk on the phone, it’s better not to “use” the device for some time, let it cool down in the literal sense of the word. Thin frames are good, but you also need to think about the ergonomics of the design, since a smartphone is primarily a phone, so the device should fit comfortably to the ear during the “speech”.

The speaker is covered with a metal mesh. Its volume is high, the interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, mainly medium and high frequencies prevail. Echo and other extraneous sounds are absent. But once again I repeat that it is necessary to find the optimal angle of the phone to the ear.

There are three touch buttons below the display. Those around the edges are small dots glowing red, and Aluminum Doors there is a circle between them, also glows red. The same element is on Meizu MX2, only this touch button also has several functions (activate the backlight by double-tapping, hold to lock the display and swipe up to go to “Back”), and in Z5 it only serves as an exit to the main screen.

At the bottom there is microUSB and the main microphone, at the top there is a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones or a headset, a slot for installing a microSIM card and a second microphone.

On the left is a long and narrow metal volume rocker, on the right is the same type, but a little shorter, the on / off button of the device. In my sample, she staggered a lot. It seems to me that the button on the right is a bit high, because when you press it (holding the smartphone in your right hand), you accidentally touch the volume rocker with your middle and forefinger.

On the back of the case, a camera rises a couple of millimeters with a diameter of the area where the lens is located, 14 mm. Inside, a bright red metal circle runs along the border. Under the camera is a flash. At the bottom left is a speaker, and on the right is a decorative hole.

ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone review

The smartphone is supplied in a small (160x90x65 mm) white cardboard box with a single inscription in the corporate style - "nubia". Inside the package you will find two more flat boxes. Both are made of high-quality plastic: one is transparent, the other is matte. The first contains headphones, a USB cable and a power adapter. All accessories are white. In the second, slightly denser one, there is a smartphone in a red bath and an envelope containing a special clip for removing the SIM card tray, a protective film for the screen, a warranty card, documentation, a blue magnet with the inscription "nubia" and two square things with an adhesive back. .

Introduction

The ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone has been on sale in our market for a long time, but these were only “gray” deliveries. Officially, the device went on sale in July 2013, but the announcement of the novelty itself was scheduled for the end of the month.

The event was held in the place where a couple of years ago we were shown the Nokia N9. I really hope that Nubia Z5 does not suffer the same fate as the original, but failed N9 gadget.

Nubia's presentation was rather boring, as we had to listen first to a long native speech of a ZTE representative, and then to a broken Russian "speech" translator. Since I attended this "event", I must at least briefly share interesting information about the device under the mystical name Nubia (although in colloquial speech this name is perceived somewhat ambiguously - "nub" - "inexperienced player").

The name of the device "Nubia" ("Nubia") comes from the historical region in the Nile Valley (between the first and sixth rapids, that is, north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and south of Aswan in Egypt), the birthplace of an ancient civilization known as the kingdom of Kush. The word "Nubia" itself probably comes from the ancient Egyptian word nub - gold. “Indeed, low rocky mountains abound in gold-bearing quartz, from which people learned to extract the precious metal even in ancient times.”

The corporate identity of the logo was not left without attention: the dot at the end of the word means “source”, and the red circle means “endless possibilities”. From my point of view, it looks interesting, but not fresh, because it resembles the Sony VAIO trademark.

According to representatives of the ZTE group of companies, a smartphone should have three properties:

  • Aesthetic design
  • The most convenient user interface
  • Comfortable one-hand operation

According to Ni Fei, CEO of nubia, the brand is positioned in the high-end segment and is aimed at consumers with a strong personality who do not want to be like others. “We are not aiming for a technology race and price war,” says Mr. Ni Fei, “we want to explore consumer perceptions and emotional demands and provide our customers with products that help them fully express themselves, satisfy personal preferences and enjoy working with the most modern and advanced technologies.

Well, we will talk about the design of ZTE Nubia Z5 in the next section of the review.

Design, dimensions, controls

Since the flagship model Nubia Z5 belongs to the luxury segment, the well-known Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni had a hand in creating the look of the smartphone. He is one of the founders of Bolidism - a movement that originated in the eighties of the last century and spread to all areas of human life. This direction assumed streamlined forms, which were used not only in design, but also in architecture. Among the designer's regular partners are such well-known companies as Oregon Scientific Seiko, Siemens, Alessi, Nissan, Deborah and others.

According to Giovannoni, “a product is an emotion and a memory of life, in turn, good design is a poem about life that awakens reflections in people.” He believes that “a mobile phone is not just a communication tool, but a work of art, an emotional and individual image that can reflect the worldview. This is the subtext of the design of nubia Z5, which is based on the courage of discovery, creation and the absence of boundaries.

It seems to me that mentioning famous designers, artists and constructors is more of a marketing ploy: a potential user heard a "big" name and decided to purchase a branded device. And whether these designers and artists participated in the creation of devices - no one will know anyway.

The gadget has a rectangular shape with slightly rounded corners. Dimensions are as follows: 138 x 68.8 x 7.6 mm, weight is only 126 grams. At the presentation, the Z5 was compared in size with the Galaxy S4 (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm) and One (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm) - flagship smartphones from Samsung and HTC, respectively. Emphasis was placed precisely on the small thickness of the Z5, since the S4 has it 7.9 mm, while the One has 9.3 mm. If the difference in thickness between ZTE and HTC can theoretically be felt, then catching 0.3 mm (S4 vs Nubia) is unrealistic.

We also compared the thickness of the frame: for example, for the Galaxy S4 and HTC One it is 3.5 mm, and for the ZTE Nubia Z5 it is 2.67 mm. It turns out that the useful display area of ​​Nubia is 73%, while the other two competitors have 72% each. Judging by the numbers, Nubia wins again, but in reality it is practically not noticeable, i.e. It is extremely difficult to distinguish by eye who has a narrower frame.

The frame of the case and the side faces of the smartphone are made of metal (aluminum alloy). The material has a rough sanding, so I can't add that it looks very elegant (much like the metal edging in the Meizu MX2). The model is the first to use Direct Laser Patterning (LDS) technology, allowing antennas to be placed across the entire rear panel, giving the Nubia Z5 full network support, including GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/LTE networks. If you are interested in what it is, you can read here.

“Five-layer painting is used in the manufacture to achieve the most comfortable thickness of 120 microns.”

Rear non-removable cover is made of plastic coated with soft-touch. By the way, at the presentation it was said that this is not quite plastic, but something similar to rubber. Maybe this is so, but to the touch it is no different from the well-known velvety material, in fact, its surface behaves in the same way: fingerprints are practically invisible, the hand does not slip, small scratches are indistinguishable.

The screen is protected by a special glass, so nothing terrible happened to the display during active operation. I'll go into a little more detail in a separate section. The surface is not very easily soiled, I think there is an oleophobic coating.

The assembly is excellent: nothing plays or creaks, when squeezed, the case does not crack or bend to the battery.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel (light and proximity). They function quite correctly. Next to them is the front camera. The speaker is located very close to the edge of the upper edge, besides, it is quite sharp, and during active work with the phone it gets very hot (metal after all). Therefore, leaning against the ear is unpleasant! If you want to talk on the phone, it’s better not to “use” the device for some time, let it cool down in the literal sense of the word. Thin frames are good, but you also need to think about the ergonomics of the design, since a smartphone is primarily a phone, so the device should fit comfortably to the ear during the “speech”.

The speaker is covered with a metal mesh. Its volume is high, the interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, mainly medium and high frequencies prevail. Echo and other extraneous sounds are absent. But once again I repeat that it is necessary to find the optimal angle of the phone to the ear.

There are three touch buttons below the display. Those around the edges are small dots glowing red, and Aluminum Doors there is a circle between them, also glows red. The same element is on Meizu MX2, only this touch button also has several functions (activate the backlight by double-tapping, hold to lock the display and swipe up to go to “Back”), and in Z5 it only serves as an exit to the main screen.

At the bottom there is microUSB and the main microphone, at the top there is a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones or a headset, a slot for installing a microSIM card and a second microphone.

On the left is a long and narrow metal volume rocker, on the right is the same type, but a little shorter, the on / off button of the device. In my sample, she staggered a lot. It seems to me that the button on the right is a bit high, because when you press it (holding the smartphone in your right hand), you accidentally touch the volume rocker with your middle and forefinger.

On the back of the case, a camera rises a couple of millimeters with a diameter of the area where the lens is located, 14 mm. Inside, a bright red metal circle runs along the border. Under the camera is a flash. At the bottom left is a speaker, and on the right is a decorative hole.

ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone review

The smartphone is supplied in a small (160x90x65 mm) white cardboard box with a single inscription in the corporate style - "nubia". Inside the package you will find two more flat boxes. Both are made of high-quality plastic: one is transparent, the other is matte. The first contains headphones, a USB cable and a power adapter. All accessories are white. In the second, slightly denser one, there is a smartphone in a red bath and an envelope containing a special clip for removing the SIM card tray, a protective film for the screen, a warranty card, documentation, a blue magnet with the inscription "nubia" and two square things with an adhesive back. .

Introduction

The ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone has been on sale in our market for a long time, but these were only “gray” deliveries. Officially, the device went on sale in July 2013, but the announcement of the novelty itself was scheduled for the end of the month.

The event was held in the place where a couple of years ago we were shown the Nokia N9. I really hope that Nubia Z5 does not suffer the same fate as the original, but failed N9 gadget.

Nubia's presentation was rather boring, as we had to listen first to a long native speech of a ZTE representative, and then to a broken Russian "speech" translator. Since I attended this "event", I must at least briefly share interesting information about the device under the mystical name Nubia (although in colloquial speech this name is perceived somewhat ambiguously - "nub" - "inexperienced player").

The name of the device "Nubia" ("Nubia") comes from the historical region in the Nile Valley (between the first and sixth rapids, that is, north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and south of Aswan in Egypt), the birthplace of an ancient civilization known as the kingdom of Kush. The word "Nubia" itself probably comes from the ancient Egyptian word nub - gold. “Indeed, low rocky mountains abound in gold-bearing quartz, from which people learned to extract the precious metal even in ancient times.”

The corporate identity of the logo was not left without attention: the dot at the end of the word means “source”, and the red circle means “endless possibilities”. From my point of view, it looks interesting, but not fresh, because it resembles the Sony VAIO trademark.

According to representatives of the ZTE group of companies, a smartphone should have three properties:

  • Aesthetic design
  • The most convenient user interface
  • Comfortable one-hand operation

According to Ni Fei, CEO of nubia, the brand is positioned in the high-end segment and is aimed at consumers with a strong personality who do not want to be like others. “We are not aiming for a technology race and price war,” says Mr. Ni Fei, “we want to explore consumer perceptions and emotional demands and provide our customers with products that help them fully express themselves, satisfy personal preferences and enjoy working with the most modern and advanced technologies.

Well, we will talk about the design of ZTE Nubia Z5 in the next section of the review.

Design, dimensions, controls

Since the flagship model Nubia Z5 belongs to the luxury segment, the well-known Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni had a hand in creating the look of the smartphone. He is one of the founders of Bolidism - a movement that originated in the eighties of the last century and spread to all areas of human life. This direction assumed streamlined forms, which were used not only in design, but also in architecture. Among the designer's regular partners are such well-known companies as Oregon Scientific Seiko, Siemens, Alessi, Nissan, Deborah and others.

According to Giovannoni, “a product is an emotion and a memory of life, in turn, good design is a poem about life that awakens reflections in people.” He believes that “a mobile phone is not just a communication tool, but a work of art, an emotional and individual image that can reflect the worldview. This is the subtext of the design of nubia Z5, which is based on the courage of discovery, creation and the absence of boundaries.

It seems to me that mentioning famous designers, artists and constructors is more of a marketing ploy: a potential user heard a "big" name and decided to purchase a branded device. And whether these designers and artists participated in the creation of devices - no one will know anyway.

The gadget has a rectangular shape with slightly rounded corners. Dimensions are as follows: 138 x 68.8 x 7.6 mm, weight is only 126 grams. At the presentation, the Z5 was compared in size with the Galaxy S4 (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm) and One (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm) - flagship smartphones from Samsung and HTC, respectively. Emphasis was placed precisely on the small thickness of the Z5, since the S4 has it 7.9 mm, while the One has 9.3 mm. If the difference in thickness between ZTE and HTC can theoretically be felt, then catching 0.3 mm (S4 vs Nubia) is unrealistic.

We also compared the thickness of the frame: for example, for the Galaxy S4 and HTC One it is 3.5 mm, and for the ZTE Nubia Z5 it is 2.67 mm. It turns out that the useful display area of ​​Nubia is 73%, while the other two competitors have 72% each. Judging by the numbers, Nubia wins again, but in reality it is practically not noticeable, i.e. It is extremely difficult to distinguish by eye who has a narrower frame.

The frame of the case and the side faces of the smartphone are made of metal (aluminum alloy). The material has a rough sanding, so I can't add that it looks very elegant (much like the metal edging in the Meizu MX2). The model is the first to use Direct Laser Patterning (LDS) technology, allowing antennas to be placed across the entire rear panel, giving the Nubia Z5 full network support, including GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/LTE networks. If you are interested in what it is, you can read here.

“Five-layer painting is used in the manufacture to achieve the most comfortable thickness of 120 microns.”

Rear non-removable cover is made of plastic coated with soft-touch. By the way, at the presentation it was said that this is not quite plastic, but something similar to rubber. Maybe this is so, but to the touch it is no different from the well-known velvety material, in fact, its surface behaves in the same way: fingerprints are practically invisible, the hand does not slip, small scratches are indistinguishable.

The screen is protected by a special glass, so nothing terrible happened to the display during active operation. I'll go into a little more detail in a separate section. The surface is not very easily soiled, I think there is an oleophobic coating.

The assembly is excellent: nothing plays or creaks, when squeezed, the case does not crack or bend to the battery.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel (light and proximity). They function quite correctly. Next to them is the front camera. The speaker is located very close to the edge of the upper edge, besides, it is quite sharp, and during active work with the phone it gets very hot (metal after all). Therefore, leaning against the ear is unpleasant! If you want to talk on the phone, it’s better not to “use” the device for some time, let it cool down in the literal sense of the word. Thin frames are good, but you also need to think about the ergonomics of the design, since a smartphone is primarily a phone, so the device should fit comfortably to the ear during the “speech”.

The speaker is covered with a metal mesh. Its volume is high, the interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, mainly medium and high frequencies prevail. Echo and other extraneous sounds are absent. But once again I repeat that it is necessary to find the optimal angle of the phone to the ear.

There are three touch buttons below the display. Those around the edges are small dots glowing red, and Aluminum Doors there is a circle between them, also glows red. The same element is on Meizu MX2, only this touch button also has several functions (activate the backlight by double-tapping, hold to lock the display and swipe up to go to “Back”), and in Z5 it only serves as an exit to the main screen.

At the bottom there is microUSB and the main microphone, at the top there is a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones or a headset, a slot for installing a microSIM card and a second microphone.

On the left is a long and narrow metal volume rocker, on the right is the same type, but a little shorter, the on / off button of the device. In my sample, she staggered a lot. It seems to me that the button on the right is a bit high, because when you press it (holding the smartphone in your right hand), you accidentally touch the volume rocker with your middle and forefinger.

On the back of the case, a camera rises a couple of millimeters with a diameter of the area where the lens is located, 14 mm. Inside, a bright red metal circle runs along the border. Under the camera is a flash. At the bottom left is a speaker, and on the right is a decorative hole.

ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone review

The smartphone is supplied in a small (160x90x65 mm) white cardboard box with a single inscription in the corporate style - "nubia". Inside the package you will find two more flat boxes. Both are made of high-quality plastic: one is transparent, the other is matte. The first contains headphones, a USB cable and a power adapter. All accessories are white. In the second, slightly denser one, there is a smartphone in a red bath and an envelope containing a special clip for removing the SIM card tray, a protective film for the screen, a warranty card, documentation, a blue magnet with the inscription "nubia" and two square things with an adhesive back. .

Introduction

The ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone has been on sale in our market for a long time, but these were only “gray” deliveries. Officially, the device went on sale in July 2013, but the announcement of the novelty itself was scheduled for the end of the month.

The event was held in the place where a couple of years ago we were shown the Nokia N9. I really hope that Nubia Z5 does not suffer the same fate as the original, but failed N9 gadget.

Nubia's presentation was rather boring, as we had to listen first to a long native speech of a ZTE representative, and then to a broken Russian "speech" translator. Since I attended this "event", I must at least briefly share interesting information about the device under the mystical name Nubia (although in colloquial speech this name is perceived somewhat ambiguously - "nub" - "inexperienced player").

The name of the device "Nubia" ("Nubia") comes from the historical region in the Nile Valley (between the first and sixth rapids, that is, north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and south of Aswan in Egypt), the birthplace of an ancient civilization known as the kingdom of Kush. The word "Nubia" itself probably comes from the ancient Egyptian word nub - gold. “Indeed, low rocky mountains abound in gold-bearing quartz, from which people learned to extract the precious metal even in ancient times.”

The corporate identity of the logo was not left without attention: the dot at the end of the word means “source”, and the red circle means “endless possibilities”. From my point of view, it looks interesting, but not fresh, because it resembles the Sony VAIO trademark.

According to representatives of the ZTE group of companies, a smartphone should have three properties:

  • Aesthetic design
  • The most convenient user interface
  • Comfortable one-hand operation

According to Ni Fei, CEO of nubia, the brand is positioned in the high-end segment and is aimed at consumers with a strong personality who do not want to be like others. “We are not aiming for a technology race and price war,” says Mr. Ni Fei, “we want to explore consumer perceptions and emotional demands and provide our customers with products that help them fully express themselves, satisfy personal preferences and enjoy working with the most modern and advanced technologies.

Well, we will talk about the design of ZTE Nubia Z5 in the next section of the review.

Design, dimensions, controls

Since the flagship model Nubia Z5 belongs to the luxury segment, the well-known Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni had a hand in creating the look of the smartphone. He is one of the founders of Bolidism - a movement that originated in the eighties of the last century and spread to all areas of human life. This direction assumed streamlined forms, which were used not only in design, but also in architecture. Among the designer's regular partners are such well-known companies as Oregon Scientific Seiko, Siemens, Alessi, Nissan, Deborah and others.

According to Giovannoni, “a product is an emotion and a memory of life, in turn, good design is a poem about life that awakens reflections in people.” He believes that “a mobile phone is not just a communication tool, but a work of art, an emotional and individual image that can reflect the worldview. This is the subtext of the design of nubia Z5, which is based on the courage of discovery, creation and the absence of boundaries.

It seems to me that mentioning famous designers, artists and constructors is more of a marketing ploy: a potential user heard a "big" name and decided to purchase a branded device. And whether these designers and artists participated in the creation of devices - no one will know anyway.

The gadget has a rectangular shape with slightly rounded corners. Dimensions are as follows: 138 x 68.8 x 7.6 mm, weight is only 126 grams. At the presentation, the Z5 was compared in size with the Galaxy S4 (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm) and One (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm) - flagship smartphones from Samsung and HTC, respectively. Emphasis was placed precisely on the small thickness of the Z5, since the S4 has it 7.9 mm, while the One has 9.3 mm. If the difference in thickness between ZTE and HTC can theoretically be felt, then catching 0.3 mm (S4 vs Nubia) is unrealistic.

We also compared the thickness of the frame: for example, for the Galaxy S4 and HTC One it is 3.5 mm, and for the ZTE Nubia Z5 it is 2.67 mm. It turns out that the useful display area of ​​Nubia is 73%, while the other two competitors have 72% each. Judging by the numbers, Nubia wins again, but in reality it is practically not noticeable, i.e. It is extremely difficult to distinguish by eye who has a narrower frame.

The frame of the case and the side faces of the smartphone are made of metal (aluminum alloy). The material has a rough sanding, so I can't add that it looks very elegant (much like the metal edging in the Meizu MX2). The model is the first to use Direct Laser Patterning (LDS) technology, allowing antennas to be placed across the entire rear panel, giving the Nubia Z5 full network support, including GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/LTE networks. If you are interested in what it is, you can read here.

“Five-layer painting is used in the manufacture to achieve the most comfortable thickness of 120 microns.”

Rear non-removable cover is made of plastic coated with soft-touch. By the way, at the presentation it was said that this is not quite plastic, but something similar to rubber. Maybe this is so, but to the touch it is no different from the well-known velvety material, in fact, its surface behaves in the same way: fingerprints are practically invisible, the hand does not slip, small scratches are indistinguishable.

The screen is protected by a special glass, so nothing terrible happened to the display during active operation. I'll go into a little more detail in a separate section. The surface is not very easily soiled, I think there is an oleophobic coating.

The assembly is excellent: nothing plays or creaks, when squeezed, the case does not crack or bend to the battery.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel (light and proximity). They function quite correctly. Next to them is the front camera. The speaker is located very close to the edge of the upper edge, besides, it is quite sharp, and during active work with the phone it gets very hot (metal after all). Therefore, leaning against the ear is unpleasant! If you want to talk on the phone, it’s better not to “use” the device for some time, let it cool down in the literal sense of the word. Thin frames are good, but you also need to think about the ergonomics of the design, since a smartphone is primarily a phone, so the device should fit comfortably to the ear during the “speech”.

The speaker is covered with a metal mesh. Its volume is high, the interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, mainly medium and high frequencies prevail. Echo and other extraneous sounds are absent. But once again I repeat that it is necessary to find the optimal angle of the phone to the ear.

There are three touch buttons below the display. Those around the edges are small dots that glow with red light, and the Aluminum Doors between them are a circle that also glows red. The same element is on Meizu MX2, only this touch button also has several functions (activate the backlight by double-tapping, hold to lock the display and swipe up to go to “Back”), and in Z5 it only serves as an exit to the main screen.

Below the display are three touch buttons. Those on the edges are small dots glowing red, and Aluminum Doors Aluminum Doors between them is a circle, also glowing red. The same element is on the Meizu MX2, only this touch button also has several functions (activate the backlight by double-tapping, hold to lock the display and swipe up to go to “Back”), and in the Z5 it only serves as an exit to the main screen.

At the bottom there is microUSB and the main microphone, at the top there is a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones or a headset, a slot for installing a microSIM card and a second microphone.

On the left is a long and narrow metal volume rocker, on the right is the same type, but a little shorter, the on / off button of the device. In my sample, she staggered a lot. It seems to me that the button on the right is a bit high, because when you press it (holding the smartphone in your right hand), you accidentally touch the volume rocker with your middle and forefinger.

On the back of the case, a camera rises a couple of millimeters with a diameter of the area where the lens is located, 14 mm. Inside, a bright red metal circle runs along the border. Under the camera is a flash. At the bottom left is a speaker, and on the right is a decorative hole.