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Up close with the ZTE Nubia 5S Mini (pictures)

Get a closer look at ZTE's new Nubia 5S Mini, a $280 unlocked LTE phone with a 4.7-inch screen.

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Nate Ralph
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The 4.7-inch ZTE Nubia 5S Mini is an LTE-capable phone that'll be available on August 27 for $280. You can get it unlocked on Amazon, with pre-orders starting on August 20. It's an attractive phone that's no slouch in the performance department, but its cameras aren't spectacular.

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Picture imperfect

The Nubia 5S Mini packs a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 13-megapixel rear shooter. In my testing, I found that the cameras weren't nearly as "dSLR-like" as ZTE claims them to be.

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Cumbersome camera interface

Those cameras are nothing if not ambitious, though. Plenty of features are packed across all three shooting modes, but you'll need to do a fair bit of fiddling to get a perfect shot.

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The Nubia 5S Mini runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a custom skin, so this isn't the place to be for a cutting-edge, stock Android experience.

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A tall order

A 4.7-inch display doesn't strike me as very mini, but the phone is comfortable enough to hold.

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Light on its feet

It's fairly light, too, at a respectable 4.5 ounces.

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Fairly svelte package

And at just 0.32-inch thick, you shouldn't have trouble fitting the Nubia 5S Mini in a pocket.

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Lackluster beats

Skip the speaker -- its whiny, tinny audio isn't worth your time. And here's another shot of the logo: those stylized circles are the "b" and the "a" in Nubia.

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