As expected, ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia at an event in New Delhi today announced its arrival in the country. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer today launched the Z9 Mini smartphone. The stripped version of the current flagship smartphone Z9, the Z9 Mini comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999 ($265), and will be available for purchase through Amazon India starting today.


As for the specification, the Z9 Mini sports a 5-inch IPS CGS display with FHD (1920 x 1080) pixels resolution. The company claims that the display occupies 75.1 percent of the screen. Inside the device sits a 64-bit capable octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset coupled with 550Mhz Adreno 405 GPU. The Z9 Mini packs in 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD card to up to 128GB should you need more storage.

Other features of the handset include a 16-megapixel sensor by Sony at the back with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture and 6P lens, and an 8-megapixel sensor placed upfront. The company claims that the front-facing camera has an 80-degree wide viewing angle lens. The dual-SIM capable smartphone supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi and other standard connectivity options. It packs in a 2,900 mAh battery.

If you’re interested in purchasing an affordable high-end smartphone, we would advise you to check out the Xiaomi Mi 4i, and maybe also wait for the Gionee Elife E8 which launches next month. ZTE-backed Nubia is the second smartphone manufacturer to enter India this week. Meizu launched its m1 note in the country yesterday as it marked its arrival in the country. The phone will become available for sale starting tomorrow.

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly identified the smartphone as ‘Nubia Z3 Mini.’ We’ve fixed the error and updated the story.

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