We took a quick look at what the Chinese brand Nubia had out at MWC 2018 and got a couple of shots of the Z17S. It had some interesting hardware choices and was certainly an item of experimentation that we like to see.
Well, it turns out that it wouldn’t take long to get an update to the series. We now have the Z18 mini, one of the rare phones to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor. The device also features a 24-megapixel main camera with a 5-megapixel assisting sensor for low-light and bokeh prowess. And, like any other manufacturer these days, there’s AI in the photo processing — a dedicated imaging chip helps things out.
Nubia Z18 Specifications
Measuring 148 x 70.6 x 7.6mm in size and 153 grams in weight,the Z18 Mini has a glossy metal body. The design is minimalistic with a 5.7-inch FHD+ display with a 2160 X 1080p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio up front. Other than the display, an 8MP f/2.0 camera, and the earpiece, the front is barren of any other components. And surprisingly,it does not have a notch! Not exactly something great or different, but still different from what every other phonemaker is doing. It does happen to have facial recognition too, which Nubia claims unlocks the phone in seconds. Under the hood lies the Snapdragon 660 clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The Limited Provence Edition comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. A curved metal back plate covers the rear of the phone where a dual camera setup of a 13MP primary and 5MP secondary camera sits. Powering the Z18 Mini is a 3450mAh battery and Android 8.1. Connectivity includes the usual options, 4G VoLTE, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, USB type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Nubia Z18 mini Price and Availability
- Price of 64 GB storage variant: CNY 1799 (18800 Rs.)
- Price of 128 GB storage variant: CNY 2099 (21900 Rs.)
- Availability: Goes on sale in China from April 19. No word on availability in other markets