Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Jason Ephraim0
Nuu Mobile’s $300 Z8 Unlocked Android Smartphone
Hey guys! Back again so soon with another new phone and this time it’s by a not-so-familiar company. This new device is the Z8 by Nuu Mobile and is an unlocked Android-powered smartphone that comes with some pretty nice specs and will only cost $300. Could this be a competitor to the recently announced OnePlus Two or Moto X Style? Let’s find out!
Here are the specs:
– 5.5-inch FHD display
– 1.7 GHz LTE Octa-core processor by Mediatek (MTK6752)
– with 64 bit ARM Cortex-A53
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB/32GB ROM options w/ microSD card slot up to 64GB
– 13MP rear Sony camera with BSI sensor and 8MP front camera with a wide-angle lens
– 2650 mAh battery
– Dual-4G LTE SIM slots
– Powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop OS
– Noise Cancellation Audio with a 0.5W speaker
Given the price, I would say that this device is directly competing against the Moto X Play announced yesterday. While it doesn’t have as beefy a battery as the Play or a 21MP camera, it still has some pretty good specs for the $300 price point. It seems like this phone will only be available on AT&T, Cricket, MetroPCS, T-Mobile and a few other carriers – at least according to the website. This device is currently available for purchase through Amazon, Best Buy, Target, HSN, and Nuu Mobile’s website. I believe Tim will be getting a review unit so stayed tuned for a video with his opinion on this device!
Here’s the full press release if you are interested:
ROCHESTER, Minn. – July 29, 2015 – NUU Mobile today announces its flagship Z8 32GB version is available through online retailers includingBest Buy, Target, HSN, Amazon and NUU Mobile for $299.99 MSRP. The high-performance device boasts 4G LTE speeds, full HD touch screen, Sony Optics camera for flawless selfies, dual-4G LTE SIM capability, Android 5.0 Lollipop and an impressive 1.7 GHz Octa-core processer for increased speed and functionality.
A 16GB version will be available in early August through NUU Mobile as well. Offered in the Brushed Black color only, this version will sell for $249.99 MSRP.
“We are excited to offer our customers an unlocked phone that provides top quality specs, unmatched power and all the benefits of the Lollipop operating system, without forcing high prices or locked contracts on them,” said John Murtha, vice president of sales for NUU Mobile. “The Z8 is our highest performing phone yet and we are thrilled to deliver a fully-loaded smartphone that stays true to our commitment to freedom and flexibility.”
Performance and Power
The Z8 features a 5.5-inch full HD display for crystal clear media viewing and sharp color contrast. The 13 MP Sony rear camera with BSI sensor and 8 MP front camera with wide-angle lens take the perfect photos in any kind of lighting. The Z8 gives users greater freedom with Dual LTE SIMs, expandable memory and a removable battery.
Functionality and Flexibility
Users can stay connected and multitask with LTE speed on the Z8, using T-Mobileand AT&T LTE networks including Cricket Wireless, Lycamobile, Metro PCS, Net10 Wireless and Straight Talk. And with Dual LTE SIM cards, users can have two phone numbers on one device, eliminating the need to carry separate phones for work and personal life.
The Z8 – 32GB will be available in Brushed Black, Brushed White and limited edition colors and patterns in the future. The Z8 – 16GB will be available in Brushed Black.
NUU Mobile Z8 features:
- 5.5-inch FHD HD Touch screen 1920 X 1080p (400 PPI)
- 8 MP front camera with wide-angle lens
- 13 MP rear Sony® camera with BSI sensor
- Enabled for 4G LTE: Bands 2,4, 7, 17 (T-Mobile® and AT&T® networks)
- 150 Mbps HSPA+ connectivity
- Android™ 5.0 Lollipop operating system
- 1.7 GHz LTE Octa-Core processor
- 32 GB or 16GB (depending on version) Internal ROM Storage, expandable with microSD™
- 2 GB RAM
- 2650 mAh battery
- Dual LTE SIM card support
- Noise cancelling audio
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Gesture Controls: Tap-to-Wake, Wave-to-Mute, Flip-to-Mute, O-to-Open Camera, Shake-to-Light
- LED notifications
About NUU Mobile
Headquartered in Hong Kong and launched in 2012, NUU Mobile designs, engineers and manufactures high quality unlocked Android™ smartphones. The company provides an alternative option to rigid, long-term contracts for mobile consumers by offering smartphones with the latest technology, increased flexibility and exceptional quality at more accessible prices. The brand expanded to the United States in 2014, with offices in Rochester, Minn. and Mendota Heights, Minn., and is currently growing its distribution in North and South America.