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The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a slightly better phone than the Nubia Z17 mini (Limited Edition), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A1!

Nubia Z17 mini (Limited Edition)  Xiaomi Mi A1 
Nubia Z17 mini Xiaomi Mi A1
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Excellence Score
30.0
33.6
Value for Money Score
52.9
72.4
Price ₹ 21,499 onwards ₹ 13,399 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 MarshmallowLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features LTPS IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.95 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 653Ranked #25 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 510 Adreno 506
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 13MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 Wide-angle: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 200 GB up to 128 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 7.45 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 155 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2950 mAh 3080 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 DTS Sound; Fast Battery Charging; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • 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
  • Good, solid hardware and performance - daily tasks, games, multi-tasking - everything is effortless
  • 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
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
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