ZTE sub-brand nubia has launched its latest Z-Series smartphone dubbed as Z17 mini. The company was already teasing the phone on multiple social media platforms about the design and dual camera setup for a while now. The smartphone comes in two different variants with the 4GB RAM variants priced at CNY 1,699 (approx Rs 16,000) whereas the 6GB RAM variant priced at CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 19,000).
As far as design is concerned, the nubia Z17 mini gets a metal unibody design with sleek body (7.45mm thickness) and thin bezels. The phone comes in Elegant Black, Black with Gold, Champagne Gold and Red colours options and will go on sale starting 13th April. As of this moment, there’s no word whether it will be launched in India or not.
Coming to specs, the phone holds on to a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a 2.5D curved glass on top. The display also gets Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood, the chipset which runs the show is an octa-core Snapdragon 653 (or Snapdragon 652 for 4GB variant). The phone, however, disappointing as it gets, runs Android Marshmallow wrapped under nubia UI 4.0. Nobody wants to settle for a flagship device running Android Marshmallow. Not in the year 2017.
Of course, the main highlight of the phone has to be the dual rear camera setup. The nubia Z17 mini sports a 13MP camera duo featuring a standard RGB lens and a monochrome lens. The rear camera setup also includes features such as OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and 4K video recording. Coming to the selfie part, the phone flaunts a 16-megapixel camera with 80-degree wide-angle lens to capture selfies as well as groupies. Along with the camera duo, there also sits a LED flash on the top left corner of the back panel.
The nubia Z17 mini also mounts a fingerprint scanner. Fortunately, it sits centred on the rear side. (are you listening Samsung?) For connectivity, the phone includes 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, NFC and USB Type-C. It packs in a 2950mAh battery which comes with fast charging support.