Nubia is looking to become a regular player in the Indian smartphone market. Every month, the company is launching at least two smartphones in the country and the latest entrant is the Nubia Z17 mini- a stripped down variant of the flagship Nubia Z17, announced recently at the Computex 2017 event.
The Nubia Z17 mini comes with decent specifications on paper and also carries a steeper price tag. Let's take a close look at what Nubia Z17 mini offers.
Design and Display
The Nubia Z17 mini looks just like any other Nubia smartphone in the market with a unimetal body design, chamfered edges, and rounded capacitive home key below the display, which makes the device look premium. The handset measures just 7.45mm in thickness and weigh 155 grams.
Coming to the display, the Z17 mini sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, further resulting in a pixel density of 424 PPI. The display is layered with a 2.5D curved glass on top and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass technology.
Processor and RAM
The Nubia Z17 mini was launched in China in April 2017 in two RAM variants- 4GB of RAM and 6GB of RAM. However, Nubia launched only 4GB RAM variant in India. The Z17 mini comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset. The phone has 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 200GB via microSD card slot.
The highlight of the Nubia Z17 mini is its rear camera. The phone comes with two 13MP shooters at the back. One sensor captures monochrome shots, while with other sensor shoots RGB shots. The standard 13MP sensor is a Sony IMX258 sensor, paired with f/2.2 aperture, Optical Image Stabilisation, and can record 4K videos as well. Up front, the phone has a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Connectivity and Software
The Nubia Z17 Mini comes with all the necessary connectivity options such as 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. The phone has a USB Type-C port. Software front, the phone boots Nubia UI 4.0 based on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It' sad that the device still boots Android Marshmallow based UI.
The major downside of the Z17 mini because it ships with just a 2950mAh battery which also has support for fast charging technology. In the same price point, there are devices with bigger battery capacities of 4000mAh and above.
Pricing and Availability
As said earlier, Nubia has launched only the 4GB of RAM variant in India, and it's priced at Rs. 19,999. Nubia started taking preorders for the phone via nubiaz17mini.com. The device will be up for sale from June 12, exclusively via Amazon India.
Eric Hu, Country Head, Nubia India at the launch said "Nubia is committed to setting new performance standards for every product and inspires creative expression of India's next generation. We are committed to drive and deliver changes in mobile photography across the globe, and in India, with Nubia Z17 mini we are raising the bar high for a mobile phone camera and are confident that users across India will accept and appreciate the device."