ZTE’s sub-brand, Nubia, has taken the wraps off its latest phone – the Nubia V18. Juts a few weeks ago, it released the Nubia N3, a mid-range phone with a 5000mAh battery. The new V18 can be summarized as a better-looking Nubia N3 with a smaller battery and cheaper price tag.
Nubia V18 Design
The Nubia V18 has a metal back with a U-design antenna line. While it does look like it sports dual rear cameras, it is actually a single sensor. The signature red accent is also present and there is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner.
The front has reduced top and bottom bezels and those on the sides are quite thin. The phone comes in Stone Black, Space Gold, and Nebula red.
Nubia V18 Specs
The Nubia V18 has a 6.01” FHD+ display and an 86.25% screen-to-body ratio. Thankfully, it doesn’t have a notch, so the aspect ratio remains 18:9. Nubia has settled for the Snapdragon 625 processor just like in the recently announced N3. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage (128GB max.).
A 13MP f/2.2 sensor with PDAF is the main camera on the device and an 8MP f/2.0 80° wide-angle sensor is in front for selfies. There are up to ten different selfie beauty enhancements in addition to NeoVision 7.0 which brings some extra modes.
Nubia has also “sprinkled some AI” on the V18. Who doesn’t today? So there is an assistant that should help set reminders, take notes, and the likes, and AI algorithms for taking better pictures.
The 5,000mAh battery from the N3 has been cut down to 4,000mAh which should last up to 2 days according to the manufacturer. You can also use the phone to charge other devices and there is NeoPower 3.0 for fast charging and battery management. The Nubia V18 runs Nubia UI 5.1 based on Android 7.1 Nougat. It is said to be specially customized for the phone.
The phone has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner but Nubia says an update will bring Face Unlock to the device. There is a Micro-USB port at the bottom and a 3.5mm audio jack at the top. It also has a dedicated mute button on the left.
Nubia V18 Price and Availability
The Nubia V18 will sell for ¥1299 (~$205) when it goes on sale. Pre-orders will begin on March 22 at 5PM local time and sales will begin on March 29 at 10AM local time. It will be available on the Nubia store, Suning.com, and Tmall.com.