Nubia Z9 is a Bezel-Less Phone with Controls on its Frame
Post bigger display, the tech manufacturers have shifted their focus to another pivotal design factor, bezel-less display that will give new dimension to the smartphones. Oppo has shown off its near bezel-less phone model the R7 a while back, but Chinese equipment maker Nubia’s latest release is far ahead of Oppo’s offering.
Today ZTE’s premium brand Nubia unveiled a flagship device that sports high-end features with a brand new technology. Dubbed as the Z9, the device packs “Frame interactive Technology” or “FiT” in short, which enables an array of new controls on the aluminium mid-frame. These controls are based on grip and gesture.
Considering some of the uses of FiT, one can unlock the device with the pre-defined grip, without the need of drawing patterns or typing password. However, it is uncertain how useful it is. The FiT technology allows users to switch between apps with a single hand. While usually handling the device, one can flicker the thumb up and down the metallic frame to jump from one application to another. Now toggling the camera is simple with Nubia Z9. Just hold the phone horizontally with the four fingertips and the camera will come alive. The brightness can also be adjusted through single-hand mode. Slide your fingertips along both the sides to increase and decrease screen brightness.
The device boasts 5.2-inch 1080p display made by Sharp. The chipset fitted onto the device is Snapdragon 810 SoC. The phone comes in two storage variants 32GB and 64GB; the 32GB variant comes with 3GB RAM and 64GB with 4GB RAM. The phone with 8.9mm thickness runs on Android L and fits a battery of 2,900mAh capacity. Optics include a 16MP rear shooter with f/2.0 lens and optical stabilization, whereas the front is an 8MP camera with Sony sensor. Connectivity option include Bluetooth 4.1, MHL 3.0 and NFC.
The Classic Edition is available in China for 3,499 yuan or around $560 (Rs. 36,000 approx.) off-contract, while the Elite Edition will cost buyers 3,999 yuan or about $645 (Rs. 41,500 approx.). There is also a Premium Edition with fingerprint reader on the power button. There is no update of its availability in other countries.