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June 1, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Chinese manufacturer ZTE has announced a new smartphone today in the form of the Nubia 5s Mini LTE, a handset that will even get a roll out in the United States. The company is pushing this mid-range handset for its strong camera capabilities and is marketing it with a boast that it is the only sub $300 smartphone with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing snapper.

We have been wracking our brains to think of another (new) smartphone with such a camera package, but we can’t think of one. In other words, we are passing the baton to you good readers, can you think of another sub $300 smartphone with this lens configuration?

As we have become used to with Chinese brands, the ZTE smartphone provides solid value for money, packing a lot of decent specs into what is also a neatly designed package. A quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with 1.5GB of RAM sits under the hood, while there is a 4.7″, HD 720 x 1280 screen pasted on the front. In terms of storage, the Nubia 5s Mini LTE gets 16GB of on board space and a microSD card slot, although the storage can only be expanded to 32GB.

As the name suggests, the new ZTE smartphone is also LTE compatible, giving you super-fast data speeds for a solid price. Unfortunately, the Nubia 5s Mini comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and we just cannot fathom why; where is 4.4 KitKat?

Let?s talk about the cameras now, as ZTE is certainly pushing the device based on its lenses. The 13 megapixel camera around the back comes with a BSI image sensor and LED flash, while the selfie crowd should be pretty happy with a 5 megapixel lens on the front of the device. Both lenses are also capable of shooting HD 720p video at 30fps.

Overall the Nubia 5s Mini LTE proves to be a fairly compelling option, especially as it only costs $279.99 through Amazon in the US. It is certainly nice to see ZTE rolling out a device away from its native China, and there are enough mid-range kicks here to make the 5s Mini a decent edition to the market.