It seems that some phone makers would like to take the opposite approach when most of the brands release the big screen smartphone and 5.5-inch display is the smallest size of the phablet trend, like the upcoming Xiaomi Max, which is supposed to be 6.4-inch phablet and the released Lenovo Phab in India that comes with a 6.98-inch display. However, Apple just release a small size smartphone – iPhone SE for the users who prefer one hand-grip size smartphone, and now another small size smartphone is released by Nubia just several days ago. The newly released small size smartphone is called Nubia Z11 Mini, just as its name, it has a mini size, small 5-inch touch screen. And here is the full review of the Nubia Z11 Mini from price, design specifications, hardware specifications, storage specifications, camera specifications and connectivity specifications.
Review Nubia Z11 Mini specifications – price
The Nubia Z11 Mini is with a price tag of RMB 1499, around $250, and this is a midrange price among most of the high end smartphones. So it is supposed the Nubia Z11 Mini is positioned as a midrange smartphone. If you want to know more about Chinese smartphones and their price, please see the China mobile price list.
Review Nubia Z11 Mini specifications – design
The first time when you pick up the Nubia Z11 Mini smartphone, the small size smartphone feels “light”, generally the phone with 2.5D glass and metal middle frame is imagined to be have a heavy hand feeling, but Nubia Z11 Mini is not and it is easy to grip with one hand.
On the front of Nubia Z11 Mini is the 5.0-inch touch screen covering with the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass and at the top bar are the microphone and front camera with a LED flash, at the middle of the bottom bar of the Nubia Z11 Mini is the classic red circle Home button of Nubia smartphones that also works as a notification light. The headphone jack and Type-c USB port are separately on the top and bottom sides that are using plastic material adding a metal-like coating for the cost saving reason. The left and right sides of the Nubia Z11 Mini are made of metal and the power button and volume controls are on the right side. The primary camera is on the top left corner of Nubia Z11 Mini on the rear, which seems like using 2.5D glass as well but actually not. And the fingerprint scanner is also on the rear.
Review Nubia Z11 Mini specifications – display
The Nubia Z11 Mini comes with a 5.0-inch FHD LCD capacitive touch screen featuring 1920 x 1080 pixels display and IPS technology, the PPI is up to 441 which makes the showing details is really excellent. And the NTSC of Nubia Z11 Mini is up to 95% with a fresh color good for eyes.
Review Nubia Z11 Mini specifications – hardware and storage
The Nubia Z11 Mini ispowered with an octa core processor from Qualcomm, MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 including quad-core of 1.2 GHz with Cortex-A53 architecture and quad-core of 1.5 GHz with Cortex-A53 architecture, doubled with the Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of RAM, the Nubia Z11 Mini performs well for multitasking and playing games. The 64GB of internal storage is good enough as most of the mainstream big storage smartphones in 2016. The inbuilt 64GB storage can be expandable to 200GB via MicroSD card.
Review Nubia Z11 Mini specifications – camera
The top-notch camera is one of the best-selling points and the Nubia Z11 Mini features a 16MP primary camera using the IMX298 camera sensor that is been used on most of the Chinese Android phones, like Xiaomi MI 5, Vivo Xplay 5, OPPO R9 and more. The 16MP camera supports phase detection autofocus (PDAF), LED flash, 1/2.8" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama and HDR. And the front shooter is up to 8MP for selfie.
Review Nubia Z11 Mini specifications – battery life and charging
The Nubia Z11 Mini is powered with a 2800mAh battery that can last for almost one day’s use for the Snapdragon 617’s low consumption. And it is tested that the Nubia Z11 Mini requires almost three hours to charge the Nubia Z11 Mini from 20% volume to 100% volume.
Review Nubia Z11 Mini specifications – connectivity
The Nubia Z11 Mini is a dual SIM mobile phone and supports the most common connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE, GPS/A-GPS, the Type-C 1.0 USB, USB On-The-Go, 2G/3G/4G. And the supported networks include:
- 4G - LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
- 3G - HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, TD-SCDMA
- 3G - GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Review Nubia Z11 Mini full specifications:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa core processor of 1.5GHz clock speed with Adreno 405 GPU
- 5.0-inch FHD IPS LCD touch screen with 16M colors, 69.6% screen-to-body ratio and 441 PPI
- 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with max expansion of 200GB via MicroSD card
- 16MP primary camera sensor with PDAF function and LED flash
- 8MP front camera for selfie
- Non-removable Li-Ion 2800mAh battery
- Fingerprint sensor
- USB Type-C
The Nubia Z11 Mini is a good small size smartphone with excellent camera for taking picture when featuring a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa core processor. For the price of RMB 1499, the Nubia Z11 Mini is a good choice for users who prefer a small size phone with top-notch pictures-taking.