ZTE serves up a new flagship, the Nubia Z11

The new phone, which boasts hearty specs for its price, is expected to launch in the US very soon.

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ZTE's new Nubia Z11 boasts flagship specs and a sharp looking -- though somewhat familiar -- metal body. If you're thinking it looks like the iPhone, you're not wrong: the Z11 even has a circular home button. The Chinese company has deviated from Apple's design, however, by putting the fingerprint scanner on the back of this 5.5-inch phone.

While the Z11 does look pretty swish, at least in ZTE's press pics, the price isn't too bad. It will come in two flavours, a version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for 2,499 yuan, which converts to around $375, £280 or AU$510. A model with 6GB memory and 128GB of storage will go for 3,499 yuan, which is about $525, £295 or AU$710.

ZTE has previously said it will launch the phone in the US at the same time as China. It's expected to be sold straight to consumers instead of via carriers like most phones.

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There's even a Cristiano Ronaldo edition.


With respectable specs, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 16-megapixel rear camera and 4G LTE, this phone could be quite a good deal for those looking for an off-contract flagship that doesn't cost a bomb. We'll find out when we get our hands on it soon.

As a bonus for soccer fans, ZTE will also be selling a Cristiano Ronaldo-signed version, though this is likely only limited to China.

Key specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, or 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • 5.5-inch full-HD display (1,920x1,080 pixels)
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front