Remember the Oppo N1? It has a rotating camera module at the top, which sees the 13-megapixel camera employed for taking both rear and front-facing shots. In these selfie-obsessed days, it trumps even the 5-megapixel cameras found on hardware such as HTC’s new One M8. Now, ZTE wants a piece of the action, and has launched the Nubia X6, a phone with two 13-megapixel cameras. It doesn’t bother with the rotating module at all, preferring to just slap a separate camera lenses on the back and above the screen.
You’ll know ZTE, but its Nubia brand is less well-known outside of China. It’s a shame, as all the models are considerably better built, and more interesting than the devices which usually get all the attention here. The 13-megapixel cameras are differentiated not only by their location on the phone, but also by their aperture. To help squeeze more of your friends into the shot, the front camera has an f/2.2 aperture, over the f/2.0 on the rear. The rear cam does get optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash though.
To keep the bigger-is-better theme going, the Nubia X6 has an enormous 6.44-inch display, boasting a 1080p resolution. That puts it beyond even the Galaxy Note 3, and in-line with Sony’s stupidly large Xperia Z1 Ultra. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz, known for its power-sipping features, and it’s accompanied by 3GB of RAM. To make sure the phone has enough power to take all those pictures, a huge 4250mAh battery lives inside.
Sadly, ZTE hasn’t seen the error of its ways, and looks to be keeping the Nubia X6 in China, where it can be pre-ordered for the equivalent of about $640.