The 4.7-inch Z5S mini and Z5S mini LTE models feaure a 2.67mm bezel, microSD expansion, 13MP/5MP camera combo, swappable back cover and the support of the three 3G networks in China. They are based on the newer 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 chip, have a new IGZO 720p display and a 2,000mAh battery.
The new devices will be available for pre-order in China later this month. But the phones will also appear in foreign markets such as the U.S. and Europe, probably by next year's first quarter, according to the company.
In China, the Z5S LTE 32GB version of the device will be priced at 3456 yuan (US$564). The 3G version with 16GB in storage will go for 1999 yuan ($326).
The 32GB version of the Z5S mini LTE will retail for 2,345 yuan (US$390). The 3G-only Z5S mini starts from just 1,499 yuan (about US$250) with 16GB storage.
ZTE is trying to popularize its smartphone brand in markets such as the U.S. to sell more high-end devices. In October, ZTE began selling the previous generation of Nubia phones in the U.S., making them available at Amazon.com, Target and RadioShack.