Nubia Z17 Mini Limited Edition First Impressions: Overpriced With Outdated Android Platform

Nubia Z17 mini Limited Edition

Nubia has launched the Z17 mini Limited Edition smartphone with an improved processor, enhanced RAM and internal storage. The Nubia Z17 mini Limited Edition is equipped with a Snapdragon 653 processor, 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Priced at Rs. 21499, the Z17 mini Limited Edition will be available in Aurora Blue color variant via Amazon India. To recall, Nubia has launched the Z17 mini smartphone in June 2017 with Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage.

Design

The Nubia Z17 mini Limited edition is designed using a metal unibody with a premium sleek body and thin bezels. The phone features a rear-side dual camera placed horizontal, which is identical to that of the Nubia Z17. The handset also features a fingerprint sensor on the rear coupled with on-screen navigation buttons. On the right, you will find the volume rockers alongside power button, which also serves as a lock button. The physical home button in red circular shape is placed on the front side below the display. While the speaker grills are located on the bottom side, Nubia has retained the traditional headphone port on the top edge. The phone is powered by a USB Type-C port towards the bottom side portion.

Display

On the specifications front, the Nubia Z17 mini Limited edition features a 5.2-inch FHD display protected by 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla glass. With a pixel density of 424PPI, the newly launched phone offers 85 percent NTSC colour gamut.

Performance

The Nubia Z17 mini Limited edition is powered by a Snapdragon 653 processor, Adreno 510 graphics, 6GB RAM paired with 128GB expandable internal storage. The addition of 6GB RAM will be useful for playing games without any lags. Moreover, the large internal storage enables you to store plenty of files without any need for microSD card.

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Camera

The dual camera has become a real fashion. The Nubia Z17 mini edition offers dual rear camera comprising of 13MP monochrome and RGB sensors respectively with LED flash. The rear camera is equipped with Sony IMX258 sensor coupled with a f/2.2 aperture, OIS with the ability to shoot 4K videos. Nubia has bundled NeoVision 6.0 software with the camera app. Talking about the front camera, the handset features a 16MP 5P lens sensor with f/2.0 aperture and the capability to capture selfies with 80-degree wide angle images. The front camera ships with 16 modes including normal and pro modes.

Battery

Powered by a 2950mAh battery, the Nubia Z17 mini will be able to deliver up to 28 hours and 400 hours of talk and standby time respectively. With a weight of 155 grams, the phone measures 7.45mm thickness.

Operating platform

The main problem with the Nubia N17 mini limited edition smartphone is the integration of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is outdated. When we have Android Nougat, who will buy a smartphone with an older operating platform. The phone is infused with a customized Nubia 4.0 skin.

Connectivity

In addition to 4G VoLTE, the dual-SIM enabled Nubia Z17 mini Limited edition provides support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS including a USB Type-C port for fast charging. The device also includes standard sensors such as accelerometer, gryoscope, e-compass, ambient light sensor, and proximity.

Price

The Nubia N17 mini limited edition will be available at Rs. 21499, which is an overpriced machine. There are competing handsets from Oppo, Vivo and even OnePlus with the latest Android platform. If you invest Rs. 10000 more, you can buy OnePlus 5 with an assured update to Android Nougat. Nubia should have made an attempt to ship the handset with Nougat to gain market share. Moreover, the display size is smaller. Based on the specifications, the size of the displays should be 5.5-inch and not 5.2-inch.

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Will you spend Rs. 21999 for an Android Marshmallow loaded low display smartphone? Please share your comments.

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