ZTE’s Nubia division has just announced its newest smartphone, the ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini, aimed at compact smartphone lovers. The company is particularly focusing on the compact size of the device, in this market which is flooded with phones that come with screen sizes upwards of 5.2-inches.
When we look at the specs of the Z11 Mini, they aren’t powerful. But then, Mini series was never supposed to be a flagship smartphone. In fact, if the company had continued with the tradition, it would have unveiled two more smartphones in the series today, namely the Nubia Z11 Max and the Nubia Z11 flagship. But, surprisingly, this event was just for the Z11 Mini.
The Nubia Z11 Mini takes its design cues from its predecessor to some extent. It comes with a metal body and the trademark Nubia circular button just below the display. There will be a fingerprint sensor located at the back of the device. Despite its ‘Mini’ tagline, the phone looks quite premium.
Coming to the specs, the Nubia Z11 Mini features the Snapdragon 617 chipset under the hood with octa-core architecture. There will be Adreno 405 graphics inside with 3GB of RAM and an ample 64GB of storage, further expandable via MicroSD.
Nubia series smartphones are known for their cameras, and the Z11 Mini tries to keep up the repuation with a Sony IMX298 16MP sensor at the back with PDAF. Up front, you will find an 8MP shooter ideal for selfies. The company has updated its Neovision software and now, there are new features such as 3D Noise reduction and Clone camera.
Given its small size, Nubia decided to use a 2800mAh non-removable battery inside. Other features of the phone include dual band Wi-Fi, DTS sound, dual SIM support, VoLTE, 8mm body and 138 grams weight. Unfortunately, the phone comes with Android 5.1.1 out of the box with Nubia 3.9 on top. Kind of surprising that it doesn’t come with Marshmallow, but the company will probably update the OS in the coming months.
The Nubia Z11 Mini will come in black, white and gold colors and will go on sale for a decent 1499 Yuan ($232) price tag in China. Registrations have already started and the phone goes on sale on April 25. The company is also offering a special wooden back cover for the device, which you can see in some of the pictures above.
For now, no word on the Nubia Z11 or Z11 Max, but we expect a launch in the coming months.
So, what do you think? For $232, does Nubia Z11 attract your attention?