Nubia Z17 mini  +1 variation


launchJun, 2017

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  • 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
  • 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


  • 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
  • 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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Nubia Z17 mini Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowNo updates expected
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • G-sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor1.95 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652Ranked #61 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 510
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 200 GB
Battery Capacity2950 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, Fast charger included
Weight155 gmMedium
Thickness7.5 mmSlim
Width72.5 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Primary Camera13MP + 13MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens
  • Full HD Video Recording
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
  • DTS Sound
  • Fast Battery Charging

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