Jealousy: It’s a thing. We’ve all been known to covet our neighbours ox from time to time (can I get an amen?), but the issue becomes only more aggravated when money’s involved. So, whilst the likes of Xiaomi and Meizu have been picking up praise (and cash) for their sterling design efforts, ZTE have been feeling a little out of the loop, producing ho-hum devices like the soon-to-be-released Grand S3. You’d probably forgive the surprisingly huge Chinese company for wanting to release a high end stunner of their own to compete, and it’s looking like the Nubia Z9 might be exactly that phone.

Pictures leaked today by the reliable Leaksfly indicate an extremely thin phone with what seems to be a highly attractive, borderless display. You can see the phone in the slightly low-res image above (apologies, pixel density enthusiasts) that the phone is shaping up nicely, whilst a picture of the rear seems to indicate a design not too dissimilar to that of the Sony Xperia Z3, albeit with a white finish. Take a look at that image below.

Before you do that though, we’ve got yet more information; this time in the form of a Antutu benchmark from the phone, which reveals a few key specifications. Like what? Well, how about a 5.2″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 16MP rear/8MP front facing camera combination? Precisely, those are flagship specifications.

Nubia z9 rear

antutu nubia z9

 

The ZTE Nubia Z9 is due to be announced on the 26th of March during ZTE’s big event, so we’ll get this updated once it’s official. Until then though, consider the prospect of a flagship phone which can stand up to the Sharp Aqous Crystal.

UPDATE: AndroidHeadlines have found a few more pictures of the Nubia Z9, although it looks like a totally different phone to us. It’s entirely possible that this is a ‘max’ version of the phone, but it doesn’t share a similar design language to the previously leaked design (except small side bezels). I’ve embedded the pictures below anyway, see if you can work it out.

ZTE Nubia z9 max back ZTE Nubia z9 max

 

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