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Nubia Z11 Mini First Cut

Nubia Z11 Mini looks great on paper but not everything was rosy during my initial use.

Nubia today announced the Z11 Mini for the Indian market. The Nubia Z11 Mini will be available in India from October 01, 2016 and has been priced in between at Rs 13,000 to 15,000.

The highlight of Nubia Z11 Mini is its 16 megapixel rear camera. It has a very good looking 8 megapixel front camera. The phone has 5 inch full HD display, 64 bit Snapdragon 617 octa core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB inbuilt storage as well as an expandable storage slot which is capable of holding 200 GB micro SD card. Besides usual connectivity features it has a 2800 mAh operating system.

We got our hands on the device soon after its launch and here is what we have found during our short interaction.


The Nubia Z11 Mini is a small device, despite having a decent 5 inch display. That's why it is quite easy to grip it despite having a glass body. The glass back panel has a smooth finishing and hence it does not attract that much smudges as I was afraid of. The sides are of metal and are curved. The tiny circular rear camera module is not protruding out, so I felt that it won't get damaged if you unmindfully drag it on a surface.

Nubia Z11 Mini

It does have a 3.5 mm jack so rest assured. A USB Type C port is there for charging and file transfer to and from a PC. There are two speaker ports just beside the Type C port at the bottom. A mic is at the top for noise cancellation. The volume and power buttons are on the right with ample distance in between.

Other features

The Nubia Z11 Mini has 64 bit Snapdragon 617 octa core processor and 3 GB RAM. So I expected good gaming and multitasking on this phone. However, when I played the Injustice Gods Among Us, which is quite a heavy game, it stuttered a lot. There were some lags as well. But I will certainly test the phone more in coming times to check if it was just an aberration or the phone has this processing problem.

As I said earlier, the phone has two promising cameras - a 16 megapixel primary camera and an 8 megapixel front snapper. They did take good snaps initially and I am going to test it in various other lighting conditions to check if they are really good or not.

I was though quite surprised to see Android Lollipop operating system in this phone which is really depressing considering that Android Nougat has already been released and Android Marshmallow is now common to most new devices.

Also the Nubia Z11 Mini has a 2800 mAh battery which is not quite big but for a 5 inch smartphone it might do the job. The phone has 32 GB of inbuilt storage and you can expand it using its micro SD card slot, so full marks for storage. In connectivity department, it too looks good with 4G, WiFi (ac), Bluetooth 4.1, dual SIM slot (hybrid), and GPS with AGPS and GLONASS.

All in all, the Nubia Z11 Mini sounds quite nice but I had a mixed feeling during my short interaction with it. So I would advise you to hold your horses a bit longer till our final review in which I may have all the answers about its performance.

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First Published : Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 15:30