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Nubia Z17 Launched With 8GB of RAM, Bezel-less Design & Snapdragon 835

by Joe 50

We welcome one of the most powerful flagship smartphones from China today, the Nubia Z17. The phone has been in the news for the past few weeks and now it’s finally official. The Z17 becomes one of the first smartphones in the market (after Zenfone AR) with a massive 8GB of RAM inside. This definitely makes the phone special, considering how China is obsessed with specifications.

nubia z17 blue

 

Nubia Z17 Design

The basic design of the Nubia Z17 remains the same as its predecessor, the Z11. However, the company has made a few changes at the back, like adding a dual camera setup on the top left corner as well as adopting industry’s first single slit antenna design. The body is still metal at the back. Further, the company is using the new generation aRC 3.0 (arc Refractive Conduction) which helps to keep the thickness of the display glass to a bare minimum and makes the compact and borderless screen design possible. The front features the traditional red circular home button (capacitive). The fingerprint sensor is located at the back of the phone, above the Nubia logo.

Nubia Z17 official 01

There are five color options for the Nubia Z17 —  Black Gold, Black, Gold, Blue and Red.

 

 

Nubia Z17 Specs

While there may not be significant changes in the design as compared to the first generation Nubia Z11, the Z17 makes sure the specs are upgraded to meet the demands of 2017. Under the hood, the phone comes with the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.45GHz along with a massive 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. There are other memory options available like 6GB + 64GB /128GB. Note that Nubia particularly highlights that the storage is the super fast UFS 2.1 standard (probably to ensure users they get the fast memory unlike the Huawei P10). With this setup, you will never have to worry about gaming on the phone. The screen is bezel-less and comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p panel protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

Note that there’s no headphone jack on the phone nor does it support MicroSD expansion.

The phone features a 3200mAh battery inside which charges up to 50% in 25 minutes. It isn’t as large as some of the batteries inside competitors but with NeoPower 3.0 software, you should get a day out of it. The phone is splashproof as well, so you won’t have to worry taking it out in the rains.

Nubia Z17 splashproof

As for the software, the phone comes with Android 7.1 with Nubia UI 5.0 on top. Connectivity features include Dolby Atmos, Hi-Fi+, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band Wi-Fi ac.

 

Nubia Z17 Camera

Nubia adopted dual cameras on its new smartphones released in 2017. So, it’s no surprise that the Nubia Z17 comes with a dual camera setup as well. It’s a powerful setup that consists of a 23MP + 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4um large pixel. The setup supports 2x optical zoom and 10x dynamic zoom. The focus time is also impressive at 0.03 seconds. With large aperture and pixels, the company promises great low light images with the Z17’s dual camera setup.

nubia z17 gold

The camera setup is complemented by the company’s popular NeoVision 7.0 software which uses a bunch of smart algorithms to improve dual camera performance, zoom, scene recognition as well as video recording. There’s a special Wi-Fi camera feature as well which allows you to remotely control another smartphone to capture images from its camera.

The Nubia Z17 also comes with the new Portrait Mode 2.0 which adds a bunch of AI algorithms to optimize features such as depth of field as well as portrait profile. This seems to be similar to what we see on other dual camera phones like iPhone 7 Plus and the Huawei P10.

As for the front camera, the Z17 comes with a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 80-degree wide angle lens.

 

Nubia Z17 Price & Availability

There are three variants available for the Nubia Z17, and surprisingly there isn’t a 4GB RAM version.

Nubia Z17 colors and design

The 6GB + 64GB Nubia Z17 version retails at 2799 Yuan ($411).

The 6GB + 128GB variant retails at 3399 Yuan ($500).

Finally, the super flagship 8GB + 128GB variant will go on sale for 3999 Yuan ($587).

 

Nubia will start accepting registrations for the first sale at 9PM today and the Z17 will officially go on sale on June 6 at 10AM on Nubia’s official store as well as JD.com.

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  • Assefa Hanson

    So retailers will sell for 600-800

  • Rick

    Bezelless?We’ll see, those are only renders, show me real pictures with white wallpaper:)

    • Real photos posted on Gizmochina Facebook

      • Muhammad Yasir

        smart publicity move, eh !

        • The Z9 was edge to edge infinity as well.
          It was an awesome phone, way ahead of its time.
          It lasted me a well over 2 years now.
          But… it had to make way for the Huawei P10 Plus… which I thought was going to be the ultimate phone experience… and to a certain degree it is. But I actually might pick up one of these instead now. Seems they went back to the Z9’s awesomeness with a bunch of the much needed updates.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            k .

  • NextHype

    Damn… this $411 version is really really tempting
    But it has no jack :'(

    • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN

      And no micro SD else it’s the obvious choice..6/128gb pricing bit too high

    • Muhammad Yasir

      agreed on the price , it’s good for the specs

      no headphone jack and no SD card lets the phone down tho !

  • Vijay Kumar Sood

    Stuff of dreams , only hoping the camera is really well sorted and not iffy like Z11.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      HOW bad was the Z11 cam exactly ?

      • AtereJr

        Wasn’t very good at low light at first release,
        but with successive updates it’s gotten better.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          nice to hear Nubia has an update rep !

          • AtereJr

            Sadly, it’s usually not OTA but manually.
            Unless u r among a few with the scarce global version (usually available only for the flagship version only e.g Z9, Z11 and perhaps Z17)

    • The Z9 was incredible.
      I more of a landscape/cityscape/streetshooter and not so much one that takes a boatload of selfies, portraits and food pics for Instagram… so maybe that might be the reason, but my Huawei P10 Plus, which I kinda bought because of the Leica involvement, has kinda let me down in that regard. Was hoping this might be worthy a try.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    great package and i’m not even mad on the $411 price !

    but no headphone jack , no sd card option lets the phone down

    battery is small too !

    but i personally am a fan of Nubia and would love to get my hands on one if i ever get rich !

    • AtereJr

      Haha, very funny!
      Price is so high (@ retailers) that I might have to persevere for another 12 months or more before owning this ilk of a FLAGSHIP.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        what’s so funny

        i am serious

        $411 translates to around 45K PKR , which is pretty awesome for a phone with this spec set !

        i really wish i was rich to enjoy luxuries like these !

        • AtereJr

          Don’t think it’ll be selling for $411 in a long long while (with resellers wrapping their hands around it).

          • Nilzie

            I dont know, I got my redmi note 4 global on ali for less than it costs in China 🙂

          • AtereJr

            Redmis and Redmi notes have a pulldown price factor on them.
            But flagship phones don’t, except maybe after spending some significant amount of time in the market.
            Its happened with;
            One Plus 3
            3T
            Mi6
            Huawei P10
            Nubia Z11,
            and it’s definitely not skipping the Z17 (will like to see that happen though).

          • Nilzie

            Nice observation!
            When / if do you think mi Max will drop closer to China prices at resellers? It’s not a redmi but also not a flagship.

          • AtereJr

            Don’t know much about the Mi Max. But it’s been close to a year (I might be counting wrong) since it launched so I don’t expect significant price drop from the current asking price by resellers.
            Albeit it’ll surely drop once more if its successor (Mi Max 2) is a success after launch.

    • balcobomber25

      Geekbuying has it for $494 which isn’t a bad markup for a Chinese phone.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        i’ll wait for it to arrive by grey market in Karachi and then present my take on the price

      • Ionut Johnny

        Now I’m feeling bad that I bought the Mi6 for a little bit over 300 £.

        • balcobomber25

          Mi6 is still an excellent phone.

          • Marc

            Sure but the Nubia Z17 with its 5.5″ screen kills the 5.15″ of the MI6. Apparently the Nubia has Band 20 according to geekbuying (maybe they are wrong). Have you the blue color of the Z17? It is just gorgeous!!!!

          • balcobomber25

            I am actually not a fan of the Blue color, for me black is the only color for Nubia’s. I like other blue phones but black is just iconic Nubia.

          • Marc

            If I get it I will go for the black variant too because the other colors are sold at a higher price tag. I have some unboxings on youtube, the phone is wonderful. Xiaomi will answer to Nubia with the release of the Mi Note 3.

          • balcobomber25

            The Mi Note 3 will be a beast of a phone but it will have little to do with what Nubia is doing. It will be more of an answer to the next Samsung Note phone, Huawei Mate phone and LG V phone.

          • Ionut Johnny

            I’m still waiting for it cause I bought it from giztop with 30 days of

  • androwin

    I was interested until…
    “there’s no headphone jack”! then skipped the rest of the article. No thanks.

  • Nilzie

    Mi6 killer

  • MaxPower

    $411 and one….$411 and two…Sold!!!!
    … to the bearded gentleman over there!

    • Muhammad Yasir

      your pic has a beard :p

      • MaxPower

        Exactly

    • balcobomber25

      The bearded Balco will also take one!

      • MaxPower

        I thought you didn’t like Nubias anymore

        • balcobomber25

          I haven’t used one since the Z7, I am willing to give them another chance.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            Benevolent Balco

    • Marc

      Hi MaxPower, Nubia finally released the phone of the year for you and Balco! Like someone posted below, this Z17 is a MI6 KILLER!!! The base model is really tempting and I never had a flagship phone until now. I am gonna save some money!!! Just waiting for some reviews first before spending my money.

      • MaxPower

        I’m not sure Balco is into Nubia anymore.
        He owned the Z7 in the past and wasn’t happy about the ROM.

        I think Nubias are the best looking phones around with killer specs and affordable price.

        I’m eyeing the base model too, it’s time to put some cash away for a Xmas present to myself. By that time reseller prices should be more realistic

        • Marc

          I agree with you, Nubia are definitely making the best looking phones in the market with outstanding design and killer specs at a competitive price. I am not joking, if I had the Nubia Z17 at home right now I am sure that I will leave it at home and use a basic phone outside hehehe. The blue version of the Z17 is gorgeous.

          I am in a similar situation here, I am not going to order the phone in the coming days. I will wait for a couple of months in order to get it at an attractive price. The demand will be so high for the Nubia Z17 that resellers will add around 100$ to the retail price in China.

  • No microSD expansion… also means no dualSIM?
    Does it still have an IR blaster (infrared/remote control), like the Z9?
    Will they ship it with an USB-C to 3.5mm port donglemajigg?
    What level of IPX rating?
    Sorta too bad no 2K screen, especially with VR and all. Guess it’s good for battery life.

  • AtereJr

    Now a Z17 max…if u will…

  • balcobomber25

    Looks like a beast of a phone.

  • Ionut Johnny

    I might for this one, 8 gb with red colour.

  • Jude Fernandes

    What level of IPX rating, officially there is an advert for this, but are they really seling it with an IP rating, and will it cover all warranties, etc in India?

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