The handset was made official in Beijing Wednesday May 6 and it definitely lives up to the hype. The actual feature people were hoping and waiting for is very much present.
The Z9 features a 1080p, 5.2-inch 2.5D panel, encompassed by a very thin reflective bezel, which creates an optical illusion of an edge-to-edge screen. Only 0.8mm, the bezel in question adopts clever optics to reflect the screen image. Nubia Z9 is a true plenipotentiary of state-of-the-art technology and visual style. In addition, this dual-Nano SIM flagship device packs a Snapdragon 810 chipset and either 32GB of storage with 3GB RAM (black “Classic Edition”) or 64GB of storage with 4GB RAM (gold-colored “Elite Edition”).
The real treat is the “Frame interactive Technology” (FiT), which facilitates grip and gesture-based control on the aluminium mid-frame. With FiT, user can quickly unlock the Z9 wih a pre-defined grip, however that is not as safe as the good old passcode or even fingerprint recognition on the forthcoming “Premier Edition”. With the usual single-hand grip, users can switch between apps by simply flicking their thumb up or down the metallic frame. User can also toggle the camera simply by holding the phone horizontally with four fingertips. Moreover, user can also adjust the screen brightness by sliding their fingertips along both sides of the phone.
Another interesting feature is that user can squeeze the phone twice to toggle single-hand mode, and the smaller screen will automatically shift to user’s thumb’s side but user can also set this squeeze action to taking screenshots.
The “Classic Edition” Z9 is priced at $560 and the “Elite Edition” will cost $645. There will be a $725 “Premier Edition” for those who want that fingertip reader on the power button.