[DEAL] Nubia Z17 Mini: Review and Specs

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Chinese smartphone maker Nubia might not be as popular as Lenovo, Xiaomi, OnePlus and other Chinese brands but the company is silently producing some of the best handsets in mid-range category. Chinese company ZTE has been trying to make its mark in the budget and mid-range segment by offering elements of more expensive smartphones. Their latest smartphone, the Z17 Mini, is offering premium looks and dual cameras to impress buyers.

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The 5.2-inch display has a resolution of 1,920×1,080p. It is a good looking display with good wide viewing angles. Colours in photos, games and videos look rich without looking too saturated. It is a bit reflective, though. This affects visibility in outdoor conditions at auto brightness. There is finger print sensor and all necessary sensors. Battery life is decent and as far as the camera performance is concerned it is above average. Portrait mode that makes use of dual cameras was not really that great, however there are many professional modes that users can use with ease.

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This is not a typical metal clad smartphone with silver and gold finish. Nubia has tried to jazz it up with matte black finish, chamfered edges and chiselled speaker grille. The metal finish lends it solidity while the matte finish on the back improves grip quality. The bezels in the front include the usual home, back and multi-tasking keys which are backlit so you can see them in dark.

The key attraction of the smartphone is the two 13-megapixel cameras which come with sapphire glass lens for protection against scratches. One camera comes with true colour RGB (Red, Green and Blue) sensor and the other with a Sony monochrome sensor. They combine to deliver high quality shots.  Camera is undoubtedly the highlight feature of the Nubia Z17 Mini. The smartphone features two 13MP+13MP camera units powered by Sony sensors. One of the two is the IMX258 RGB sensor and the other is an IMX258 MONO sensor.

The Z17 Mini runs Android Marshmallow (6.0) version of Android with their custom interface called Nubia UI over it. There is no app drawer and all apps are placed on homescreen. Though there is no theme store, the UI allows user to adjust screen resolution, and provides gesture controlled shortcuts to adjust brightness, switch between apps, and kill unnecessary process without opening an app or going to phone settings.

Verdict:

The Nubia Z17 Mini is a good handset, good performance, above average camera and battery life is pretty decent. Dual camera portrait mode was not that happening. Nubia has tried to incorporate some features of new Android such as side-by-side multi-tasking so users won’t miss out on them.

So this is a nice smartphone with affordable pricing. You can grab this amazing smartphone in an extra discount from GearBest in a flashsale of price 199.99$ using the coupon code: gbz17mini.

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