And so the hype cycle ends; not with a bang, but with the release of two new phones. First we saw the specs leak, then we saw the pictures leak and finally we saw the pictures leak again. But pictures of a different phone, which were alleged to be the same phone. It was confusing. What matters now though, is the ZTE Nubia Z9 is official, and almost everything we thought we knew about its looks were wrong. How wrong? Keep reading.

Based on the original leaks, we had thought that the Nubia Z9 would feature almost impossibly slim bezels, in the style of the Sharp Aquos Crystal or the upcoming Oppo R7. Indeed, even ZTE’s own promotional material for the launch promised an ‘almost bezel-less display’. All of which leaves us a little surprised that the Nubia Z9 has a bezel, and a relatively noticeable one too. Sure, it’s not exactly ‘2007’ big, but it’s about the same size as the Sony Z3 and Z3 Compacts bezels. Small, but there.

As it turns out, the one image which was correct turned out to be the rear shot (seen here), which closely resembles the aforementioned Sony smartphones, with front and back glass alongside a titanium metal frame.

Coming to specifications, the Z9 has two models, a Mini and a Max, so let’s start with the bigger brother. As previously reported, the Z9 Max features a 5.5″ 1080p IPS display, Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a f.2/0 16MP rear/8MP front facing camera combination. It’s also got dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound support, NFC, OSB-OTG and Bluetooth 4.0. All of which means, it’s a pretty stacked smartphone.

Moving on to the Z9 Mini, we’ve got a 5″ 1080p IPS display, Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, and 2GB of RAM, with the rest of the phones specifications matching that of its larger sibling, including running a customised version of Android 5.02. The Mini, however, is reported to come with the option for alternate back covers like wood, denim and leather, which, as you know, is totally my jam.

For the Nubia Z9 Max, you’ll be shelling out 2499 yuan (£270), whilst the Z9 Mini comes in at a much more attractive price of 1499 yuan (£160), and both are available now through your favourite Chinese smartphone importer. Whilst you wait for your sexy new phone to turn up, dig on these pictures to whet your appetite.

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