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ZTE Nubia Z11 hands-on

Nubia Z11 comes in two variants - one with 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and other with 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage.

ZTE yesterday unveiled its latest smartphone, Nubia Z11, at MWC Shanghai. The Nubia Z11 comes in two variants – one with 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and other with 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage. The 4GB variant is to cost 2499 yuan (approximately Rs 25,527) while its 6GB variant has a price tag of 3499 yuan (approximately Rs 35,730).

ZTE Nubia Z11

The ZTE Nubia Z11 comes with a 5.5 inch full HD capacitive touchscreen that has 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The handset is powered by a 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64 bit processor with Adreno 530 GPU. Both the 4GB and 6GB RAM variants have a 200 GB expandable storage slot via micro sd card slot also. It comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Nubia UI 4.0 on top. Its dimensions are 151.8 x 72.3 x 7.5 mm and it weighs 162 grams.

ZTE Nubia Z11

The hybrid dual SIM ZTE Nubia Z11 is backed by 3000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device which will unlock it in 0.1 seconds as per the company.

ZTE Nubia Z11

It has a 16-megapixel rear shooter and Sony's IMX298 sensor with OIS, phase detection autofocus, f/2.0 aperture and dual tone LED flash and an 8-megapixel front facing the camera with 1.4-micron pixels, f/2.4 aperture, and 80-degree wide-angle lens. For connectivity, this handset offers WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type C, GPS + GLONASS, NFC and of course 4G with VoLTE.

ZTE Nubia Z11

First Impression

The phone has gorgeous metal unibody while may feel slight slippery in hot and humid climates like India. But it has a very small frame and very easy to hold. The display is slightly curved on the sides and the phone has almost no right or left bezel. The sides are curved. An SIM tray is on the left-hand side while power and volume rockers are on the right. There is a circular fingerprint sensor with almost mirror finishing as one in LeEco phones. Remove the fingerprint sensor, and it would look just exactly like Apple’s iPhones. Just below the display, there is a red colour soft-touch button while a tiny speaker grill along with a camera and proximity sensor is at the top.

ZTE Nubia Z11

You will appreciate the design of Nubia Z11 up close but from a distance, you will take it for any other ordinary phone. In my view, the silver colour version of Z11 looks the best.

ZTE Nubia Z11

I haven’t had the chance to check its performance in depth but I operated it for few minutes at the ZTE booth at the ongoing Mobile World Congress event in Shanghai, China. The display looked quite smooth and bright. The colour output was impressive and it felt smooth which as expected considering the huge amount of RAM and the high-end Snapdragon 820 processor. The camera clicked decent pictures indoors where there were plenty of lighting.


There are a lot more to be discovered about Nubia Z11. Being one of the few phones with Snapdragon 820 at present, the Nubia Z11 certainly has gained the limelight but will it succeed in India? Well, a lot of that depends on its pricing and of course, ZTE needs to launch it as soon as possible. But looking ZTE's approach to the Indian market, I am a bit sceptic.

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