The ZTE Nubia Z9 is the first 1080p phone to outperform the iPhone 6 in our toughest graphics benchmark

A premium- and online-only sub-brand of ZTE, Nubia has been churning out impressively sounding handsets for two or so years now, and their latest and greatest — the Nubia Z9 — landed in our offices some days ago. While we’re still hard at work on the full review, we’ve already got bits of it ready, including benchmark performance, and we realized something interesting: the Z9 is the first 1080p phone to beat the iPhone 6 in one of our toughest graphics benchmarks.

The test in question is GFXBench’s Manhattan benchmark, which takes place on-screen, meaning that the resolution …

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