ZTE could be about to release a smartphone with an almost bezel-less display, according to new rumors about a device named the Nubia Z9. We may not have to wait long for the rumors to be confirmed, either. The company has announced it will hold a launch event on March 26, and the teaser picture features a large number 9.

This could be taken as a very strong hint that we’ll see the Nubia Z9 revealed, after it failed to make an appearance during Mobile World Congress at the beginning of March. ZTE”s Nubia brand contains some of the company’s best looking devices, but the Z9 may be the most technically competent entry yet.

According to speculation, it could use the same Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, recently seen in the LG G Flex 2. We already know what ZTE can do when it puts a 64-bit Qualcomm chip to work with Android 5.0 — which is most likely running on the Z9 — in the already fast Blade S6, which makes the prospect of an even more powerful version very exciting.

What’s more, the Z9 could have a large 5.5-inch, almost bezel-less screen, complete with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. If a leaked picture spread by @leaksfly on Twitter is accurate, the Z9’s edge-to-edge screen will rival that of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which was released in mid-2014. However, there’s no guarantee this leak is anything other than an optimistic render.

A set of benchmarks spotted on AnTuTu’s website show the Z9 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera. This last spec is intriguing, because it matches the one found on the Grand S3, which has ZTE’s very cool retina unlocking system onboard. Perhaps the Z9 will also include this feature.

Finally, as if to put a seal of official approval on the Z9’s impending announcement and bezel-less screen feature, the South China Morning Post’s article on the rumors was retweeted by none other than the official ZTE Press account. We’ll find out all about the Z9 on March 26, and keep you up to date here, in the meantime.

 

Author: Andy Boxall
Source: DigitalTrends