Our Opinion

The Nubia M2 is a slightly better phone, but the Nubia Z17 mini is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

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Excellence Score
30.1
29.1
Value for Money Score
51.6
68.0
Price ₹ 22,999 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Jun, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass LTPS IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 510
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 13MP), F/2.2 Aperture, 1/2.9" Sensor Size, 1.25 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Sapphire Glass Lenses, NeoVision 6.5 Dual Camera (13MP + 13MP), F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), IMX258 Sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), NeoVision6, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.12 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 5P Lens, 80-degree Wide-angle Lens F/2.0 Aperture, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 200 GB up to 200 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 168 gm 155 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3630 mAh 2950 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Hi-Fi Audio; Dolby Sound; Fast Battery Charging; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration DTS Sound; Fast Battery Charging; DLNA; NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish design with a metal chassis, matte black finish and dual diamond cut metal frame
  • The flat edges, the matte finish and the phone’s 168g light form-factor make it easy to handle
  • Overall, it's one of the best-designed mid-range smartphones which offers a fine balance between good looks and user comfort
  • The oval-shaped home button, which also doubles up as a fingerprint sensor, blends well with the phone’s rounded corners
  • The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate
  • Good 5.5-inch AMOLED display - looks bright and sharp - colours pop out well in games and videos and text in web pages and e-books look crisp
  • Nubia's custom UI looks good and has some useful gesture controls and features such as dual instance and split screen mode
  • Pretty decent performance - multi-tasking and games everything is handled fairly well - switching between apps is smooth, even if not super quick
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - reproduces colours and details quite well, especially during daytime - the macro mode can turn in some good close-ups - the pro mode offers some professional-level tools such as the option to adjust shutter speed and capture fast moving objects with focus panning
  • Good front camera too - can muster good-looking selfies even in indoor conditions
  • Good battery life - easily lasts over a day on a single charge
  • Premium, aesthetic design - Nubia has been focusing on styling, build quality and design aspect of its smartphones, and the Z17 Mini is no different - featuring a full-metal unibody in black, the back is smooth and slightly curved to properly fit in your hand - the corners are rounded, and have chamfered edges with a gold finish, adding a distinct look and feel the smartphone
  • Nubia has also added a golden ring to the edges of the fingerprint scanner, which adds to its look and feel - it is quick to scan the fingerprint and unlocks the smartphone quickly enough
  • Good 5.2-inch full HD screen - bright, offers good legibility under direct sunlight, decent viewing angles, and color reproduction is punchy too - the saturation level is impressive, and those who like the colors popping out will really appreciate it
  • Good, solid hardware and performance - daily tasks, games, multi-tasking - everything is effortless
  • The Nubia UI come bundled in with some useful software - such as dual instance, which lets you run two instances of WhatsApp, Facebook or WeChat accounts on the smartphone in separate apps
  • Very good dual-camera setup - giving the phone the ability to capture better, sharp photos, even in low-light - overall the phone does pretty good in all sorts of lighting conditions, giving arguably one of the best camera performances in this price bracket
  • The camera also has many tricks up its sleeve - a ‘portrait mode’ which lets you focus on the subject, while blurring the background, 'clone' where you can click three photos while moving around, thus creating your clone, 'time shuttle mode' where the subject is in focus, whereas the rest of the screen is diffused, offering a fast motion sort of effect
  • The front-facing 16-megapixel camera is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Video recording is again decent, though nothing exceptional
  • The only other camera-centric phone in this price bracket in the competition is the Honor 8 - which offers similar dual camera setup and camera quality - though the Nubia sets itself apart with the interesting photo modes that aren’t on offer on the Honor 8
  • Solid battery life - lasts the day, even with heavy use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Although performance is decent, it is not the most powerful phone in this price bracket - a lot of the other top phones in this price bracket are powered by Snapdragon 650, or 820, and perform better
  • Camera performance in low light could have been better
  • The Nubia UI is decent and aesthetically designed but can get confusing in places like the settings menu as even the simplest options such as battery, storage, memory are inside the additional settings, rather than being up front in the main list
  • Charging speed is decent - takes about two hours for the smartphone to charge from 0 to 100 percent - but definitely not among the best in this price bracket
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