ZTE clones the LG G3's specs for a lot less money

ZTE Nubia Z7

Aside from a couple of intriguing revelations earlier in the year -- including a phone with a rumored 4GB of RAM, and another with a 13MP selfie camera -- things have recently been pretty quiet on the ZTE front. Today's freshly announced Nubia Z7 merits some noise, however, simply because it attempts to cram all the things we know and love about the LG G3 (currently one of our favorite phones) into a cheaper package.

Just like the G3, ZTE's Z7 is a flagship device that offers a 5.5-inch Quad HD display (equating to 538 ppi), a top-end Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel, optically stabilized, f/2.0 rear camera (which ought to be a big step up from your average f/2.2, unstabilized module). All of this comes for the equivalent of around $550 for a 32GB handset, which is around $200 cheaper than the off-contract launch price of the G3.

However, there are two big caveats: Firstly, ZTE hasn't quite been able to match LG's super-slim bezels, resulting in a handset that's a bit taller (153.2mm vs. 146.3mm) and also marginally wider (to the tune of around 1mm). Secondly, we don't know if the Z7 will be sold outside of Asia, so the news is largely academic right now -- even if it's nice to see that ZTE is upping its game.