ZTE Nubia Z9 US release date: device lands in the US in third quarter of this year; comes with borderless display

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ZTE’s current flagship phone, the Nubia Z9, will be having its US release in the third quarter of this year.

The ZTE Nubia Z9 experienced tremendous success with its Chinese release, with all of its units sold out in a span of only 10 minutes. The Classic variant of the Nubia Z9 sold at China for a price that is equivalent to $645.

According to a report over Thomas PR (for ZTE), the ZTE Nubia Z9 that will be released in the US will feature, above all else, a visually borderless 5.2-inch display with 1080 x 1920 HD resolution. This sleek and elegant design does not end with providing a good look for the phone, but it also opens a wider range of new gestures and UI shortcuts that will give users a better experience with the Nubia Z9, called the Frame interactive Technology (FiT). As they put it:

“By adopting nubia’s Frame interactive Technology (FiT), the nubia Z9 allows users to control their phones by using grip and gesture based controls, such as touching the edge of the screen. For instance, users can quickly launch the camera feature by simply turning the phone sideways and placing four fingertips on the edge of the screen or take a one-handed selfie by squeezing the handset without touching any buttons. With FiT technology, users will reduce the average smartphone process to 2.7 steps as compared to traditional smartphones. In addition, the nubia Z9’s new ergonomic design makes it easier to hold the phone and less likely to drop it.”

The Nubia Z9 runs under an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor and Android v5.0.2 Lollipop (with Nubia UI 3.0), with a 16MP rear-facing camera, and 8MP front-facing camera for selfies. The phone does not support external microSD card expansion.

The Nubia Z9, just like in its Chinese release, will be sold in three variantsthe Classic, the Elite, and the Exclusive. The Classic edition packs all the aforementioned features with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage for $564; the Elite edition, meanwhile, has $GB of RAM and 64GB storage, all for $645; the Exclusive packs the same specs as the Elite, with an additional fingerprint scanner feature.

The Nubia Z9 will be available at selected US retailers or online.