ZTE has been aggressively launching phone after phone since the beginning of this year, starting with its flagship device- the Grand S. The Chinese giant has also followed up the high-end Grand S with mid-range offerings featuring the locally manufactured Mediatek processor, read as lower cost/lower price tag.
And the latest offering from the Mediatex chip based smartphone lineup – the ZTE N986 has just been unveiled. Surprisingly, unlike ZTEs other Mediatek based phones which shared the same design as the ZTE Grand S, the N986 looks uncannily similar to the latest Nexus Smartphone – the LG Nexus 4. Whether that is by choice, or inadvertently, is unknown, but take a look at the pic below, and tell us what it reminds you of at first glance.
However, the design is about the only thing that the N986 shares with the Nexus 4. What lies beneath that shiny exterior tells a different story altogether. For starters, the ZTE N986 packs a larger 5-inch display with resolution of 720p. The device clocks in at a thickness of 9.4 mm, which is not exactly in the league of the super thin phones, but nevertheless thin enough to be sleek looking. As mentioned earlier, ZTE has gone with the popular Mediatek MT6589 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz. The MT6589 is a popularly used chip in mid-range budget phones manufactured out of Asia, particularly China and India. And while it may not be as well known as its western counterparts – Qualcomm’ Snapdragon chips and Nvidia’s tegra, it certainly does the job pretty well, and keeps production costs low, allowing OEMs to price devices at a more affordable level.
Other specs include Dual-SIM capability, a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage plus a microSD card slot for expandable memory, an 8 Megapixel camera with support for 1080p video capture, a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video calls, a removable 2300 mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
ZTE has confirmed pricing for the N986 at 1599 Yuan, which works out to roughly around $259. The device is a little more expensive than other Chinese devices like the Xiaomi M2A, or the 1080p UMi X2, but the N986 certainly looks and feels like a premium device and seems very well made as far as build quality and design goes.