[Smartphone Review] | ZTE Nubia Z11

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Curves!


ZTE is one of the top players in the Chinese market, but lesser known in the European and south Asian countries, especially India. Some of you geeks out there might have heard about them, if not, visit them👉here

Nubia is a sub-brand of ZTE, well known for their Nubia Z9 and it's variants, with bezel less displays and intense Red themed design language.
More about them here
This is their recent approach towards the modern flagship market, with the Nubia Z11.


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Design: I did say it was a flagship device, so build quality is undoubtedly top notch. Made it of a magnesium alloy with nearly machined edges, gives it a very pleasing and premium look. It's body is 7.5mm thick and weights about 160gm, so it should please the design fanatics among you.

Display: The Nubia Z11 has a 5.5" FullHD IPS LCD display with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection. The display is curved and continues down to its edges, just like Samsung galaxy S7 edge or S6 edge last year. Colors and brightness are all fine, but the display protection is a bit outdated( modern phones have gorilla glass 5 so😞...) but it doesn't matter all that much.

Performance: this department is of absolute and obvious supremacy for a flagship and Nubia Z11 is no exception. The phone is powered by a beastly Snapdragon 820 Soc clocked at 2.15GHz. There are 2 storage variants as well. 64GB storage/4GB RAM is the base model!😲🤓. (A certain company with a 'fruity name🍏' should take a note about base model storage of their phones😛😒..)
There is also a 128GB/6GB variant as well.


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The phone runs on Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 marshmallow. It has a few neat little trinkets for you to play around with, similar to something that Cyanogenmod used to offer. Overall experience is quite slick and smooth, so no complaints there.


Camera: The earlier Nubia Z9 had not-so-great camera sensors, with aggressive HDR mode and jittery 4K video. This time however, Nubia send to have come a long way. The rear camera is a 16mp sensor with OIS and f/2.0 aperture and front camera is an 8mp snapper. Both cameras take respectable quality photos, though they're not the best I've seen in this price segment. They can be rated around 4.3/5.0 in my opinion.

Battery: The Nubia Z11 has a 3000mAh battery unit with USB type-C standard port and Qualcomm's quickcharge 3.0 baked in. The screen on time is nothing exceptional but the standby is definitely worth a praise. Looks like they've taken full advantage of Android marshmallow's doze mode along with few of their own custom tweaks.

Pricing: This guy is about to hit Indian shores on July 6th. But it's been out in China for about 25,000 INR for 64GB model and 32,000 INR for 128GB model. ZTE certainly is making huge progress in their smartphone department, even though we've not heard from them for a while now. Let's wait and see where they stack up in the boiling Indian smartphone market🤓.

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