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Nubia Z17miniS is Official: Brings Color Gradient 3D Glass, 6GB RAM & Snapdragon 653 Chipset

by Habeeb Onawole 12

Early today in Shenzhen, Nubia unveiled a new smartphone – the Nubia Z17miniS. The new device packs impressive specs that put it in the upper mid-range category and also features a familiar design.

Nubia Z17miniS

Nubia Z17miniS Design

The phone is a mixture of metal and glass. The back is a 3D glass that curves to fit your palm that is specially made. Nubia says it is the industry’s first to use a color gradient process that is time consuming with a yield of less than 5%.

Between the two sheets of glass is a metal frame. This is a Nubia phone and there are some signature designs like the red accents around the rear cameras and the red holo circle on the home button. In all fairness, the Nubia Z17miniS is a beauty.

Nubia Z17miniS Specs

The Z17miniS has a 5.2-inch FHD in-cell display supplied by JDI with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. There is 6GB of RAM on board paired with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 653 mobile platform and an Adreno 510 GPU.

The 28nm octa-core CPU is the successor to the Snapdragon 652 and brings a faster modem and a higher clockspeed. There is 64GB of built-in storage with no option for expansion.

Nubia Z17miniS cameras

Nubia has equipped the Z17miniS with four cameras – two on each side. The rear cameras are two Sony IMX258 13MP sensors in the monochrome + RGB configuration. Aperture size is F/2.2 and there is PDAF and a dual LED (dual-tone) flash.

The dual front cameras is a combination of a 16MP F/2.0 and a 5MP F/2.2 wide-angle sensor. It lacks a dedicated LED flash but the screen lights up for brighter selfies. There is beauty adjustment and real-time bokeh effect along with Nubia’s NeoVision 7.0 camera software.

The Z17 MiniS comes with a 3200mAh non-removable battery which Nubia claims should last 1.41 days. Beneath the screen is a home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner along with NFC with support for bus payment. It has dual band Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.1, and a USB Type-C port. Sadly, it doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack.

The phone also comes with Smart PA technology for improved audio quality. The Nubia Z17miniS measures 147.5 x 71.2 x 7.6 mm and weighs 155g.

READ MORE: Nubia Z17 Mini Limited Edition With 6GB Of RAM, Aurora Blue Color Launched

Nubia Z17miniS Price and Availability

The Nubia Z17miniS comes in Black Gold, Deep Blue, and Aegean Blue. It will go on sale on the 19th of October at 10:00 AM for ¥1999 (~$305).



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  • Blue Gum

    A SD653? ZTE Being cheap and not using the SD 660, for Shame.

    • Billy Williams

      It doesn’t need a SND 660. Its a smaller phone that is coming around $300 USD. Adding a 660 chip would easily push this phone near $400 and greater just like Mi Note 3, Oppo R11 (plus), Vivo X9S plus, Galaxy C10 and Xiaomi X1. Nubia has much bigger issues than the processors at this point. If they don’t fix this huge issues in hardware from the Z17 (most specifically he camera) then they won’t gain much in terms of support even with their beautiful phones. Google is releasing easily the ugliest phone of the year, but are packing it with so much software optimization that it is nearly future proof. Nubia still can’t manage to get OIS, EIS or DIS into their cameras. That to me is the real shame on an otherwise beautiful phone. If it could just get Sony level camera quality…hell not even that far…just somewhere not near the basement of camera phones, they would be much better off

      • TheOracle

        Most people say Nubia have excellent cameras. At least mine did.

        • Billy Williams

          I’m not questioning the sensors, they have the proper sensors, they don’t have the proper hardware/software to match those sony sensors. The Nubia Z17 has this weird white balance issue that never really got fixed. No optical Image or electronic image stabilization let to a camera that was impossible to keep steady. The 835 had a really quick shutter speed as well which made those issue much larger because if the subject was further than a certain distance the sensor would pick it up as blur due to not having good post processing. And the video capturing was pretty much impossible unless you were filming Blair Witch sequels. They save money by cutting corners….the camera is one place you shouldn’t cut corners. OIS and EIS (preferably both) are absolutely necessary in camera phones.

      • Il Moralizzatore

        Agree for everything but the SND660 part. Price difference for SoC is minimal, it wouldn’t magically add a whole 100$ more but 10-15$ at most, depending on what kind of bargain Nubia got for a wholesale stock of Snapdragon 653, which are based off an old production process and will never be as energy-efficient as their 16/10 nm counterparts.

        • Billy Williams

          Its not about what they pay for the SOC, its about what they charge for it. They are attacking a price point. The profit margin is greater with the 653. More importantly we all know the 660 is essentially a more efficient SND 821. Its a great chipset, but the price goes up purely because that’s where the competition n the market sits. Competition sets the prices.

      • James

        Your comment regarding the SD660 adding $100 makes no sense at all (I have read your reply to Il Moralizzatore).

        You do know that the Z7, Z9 and Z11 all had OIS (the latter having both OIS and EIS) right? I am slightly flummoxed that the Z17 didn’t include OIS (also annoyed that they seem to remove more useful features from their flagship phone range year-on-year – I think the Z9 Max was their sweet spot)

        • Billy Williams

          The market dictates the prices. I listed every other 660 phone on the market notice their consistent price range. This is done by distributers to keep prices consistent. Regardless of where you order it from…the markup will put it in a certain price range. What the actual manufacturer charges is a different issue all together. Perfect example would be the Huawei Mate 10. Get it in china is a ridiculous deal….get it from a distributer and youre paying market and flagship prices. Competition sets the price.

          The z11 did not have EIS. I had to boot up my Z11 just to double check. It does have elecronic face detection though.

  • balcobomber25

    Looks like a complete rip off of the Huawei Honor 8.

  • nolimitsdesigns

    It’s a nice mix of Mi6 and Honor 9. I do like the Aegean blue, the original Honor 9 colours had a similar one which I wish they’d kept, but the Sapphire blue does still look good. It’s a shame – much like Xiaomi – that they don’t market these devices wider. Really would’ve expected something newer than any sort of 28nm process chip though. It’s a ‘compact’ mid-priced device but I’m sure they could’ve done better. Helio X25?

  • Evgenij Nebotov

    does it have the 3.5 mm jack?

    • James

      no. 🙁