Our Opinion

The Nubia Z11 miniS is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G5 Plus (4GB RAM, 32GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Motorola Moto G5 Plus (4GB RAM, 32GB)  Nubia Z11 miniS 
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Excellence Score
26.3
28.5
Value for Money Score
67.4
58.3
Price ₹ 11,499 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2017 Mar, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 MarshmallowLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD LTPS In-cell, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 23.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, Dual LED (dual tone) Flash, 8X Digital Zoom for Photos, 4X Zoom for Video, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion video Sony IMX318 Exmor Sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Contrast Focus, Sapphire Protective Lens, 6P Motor Drive Lens, F/2.0 Aperture, NeoVision 6.0
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 13.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Wide-angle Lens, F/2.2 Aperture, Display Flash, Professional mode, Beautification mode Sony IMX258 Sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Contrast Focus, 5P Lens, F/2.0 Aperture, 80 degrees Wide Angle Lens, Skin Retouching, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 200 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.7 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 155 gm 158 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 288 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 33.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, TurboPower Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging: 6 hrs of power in 15 min (TurboPower); NFC; Noise Filtration Gesture Support; DTS Audio; Fast Battery Charging; DLNA; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The first Moto G series phone to have a metal body - looks quite handsome, and is a big step-up over its predecessors
  • Excellent build quality
  • Nice chrome accents on the front and rear add to the looks
  • Quick fingerprint sensor
  • The power and volume buttons on the right are located comfortably for single-hand operation
  • The phone's rounded edges and corners make it comfortable to hold and use
  • One-button Nav allows you to tap or swipe the fingerprint sensor instead of reaching for the Android navigation buttons - it works great, and can be pretty handy
  • Decent display, with good viewing angles (sunlight legibility could have been better though)
  • Runs close-to-stock Android UI out-of-the-box, which keeps things nice and simple
  • The added touches from Moto like Moto Display, and gestures are all pretty useful
  • Good, consistent performance all round - handles multi-tasking with ease, and apps launch quickly - games are handled well too, with no stuttering - benchmarks scores are pretty good, though a step behind the Redmi Note 4, which is the top performer in this price bracket
  • Good rear camera - improved even compared to its already good predecessor - captures good results in all sorts of situations - and has quick focusing - in daylight landscapes looked detailed, with punchy colours - the professional mode is good too - overall, this is arguably the best camera among the budget phones, though low light performance could still be better
  • The front camera is good too, with its colour accuracy, as long as there is adequate light
  • Supports 4K video recording
  • Decent call quality
  • Good battery life - in real world tests, the phone easily lasts the day with moderate use (though it lacks the stellar battery performance of some of its peers like the Redmi Note 4)
  • Excellent TurboPower charging functionality - a 20-minute charge gets you up to nearly 50 percent
  • Water-repellent nanocoating is a nice add-on
  • Classy, premium design, and very good build quality - something that is a feature of all Nubia phones
  • Accurate fingerprint sensor at the back (though it's not the fastest)
  • Compact profile and pocketable size with a 5.2-inch display
  • Very good display with excellent colors and black levels, along with good peak brightness and sharpness - the phone is great to watch videos and play games on as a result, and overall, has among the best screens in this price category
  • Graphics-intensive games work without much hiccups as well, as do most heavy apps
  • Good overall performance powered by the excellent Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which offers a fantastic balance between power and energy efficiency
  • Very good rear camera, with above average picture quality for this price bracket - shots are clean, vibrant, detailed and extremely good to look at from the perspective of color reproduction
  • Video recording is decent (though certainly not as capable as higher end phones)
  • The front camera is decent too
  • Excellent battery life - can run for up to two days on a full charge, depending on your usage - although it isn’t quite as long-lasting as the Lenovo P2 or Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, it’s still among the top battery performers in this price bracket
  • Supports the new USB-C standard
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No LED notification indicator - the Moto Display feature somewhat compensates for this, but isn't as useful all the time
  • Tends to heat up when being used for navigation for an extended time
  • The bundled headphones are average
  • Loudspeaker quality is average too
  • Nubia UI looks pretty nice and has some moderately useful add-ons like ‘edge’ gestures, but lacks the refinement of other UIs like those of Xiaomi, Vivo, or Oppo, and has issues here and there
  • Misses out on fast charging - although charging isn’t too slow, it does take well over two hours to fully charge the 3000mAh battery - there are competing options from Lenovo and Motorola that offer significantly faster charging
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