Soon after launching its new gaming brand, Red Magic, ZTE backed Nubia has launched a new mid-range smartphone in China. It’s a part of Nubia’s characteristic Z series of devices and is called the Nubia Z18 Mini. Despite, the ‘mini’ branding, the all-new Nubia smartphone packs a punch, thanks to its Snapdragon 660 powered internals.
Just like most other Nubias, the Z18 Mini features an elegant yet ergonomic design. It features a clean aluminum alloy construction with a slab of 3D curved Gorilla Glass on the rear. The smartphone is just 7.6mm thick and come in a range of funky colors. These include Black, White, Pink, Blue and a special Lavender colored Provence Edition. The buttons are well placed too and also feature dedicated red colored textured voice assistant button.
The Nubia Z18 Mini features a 5.7-inch FHD+ 18:9 In-Cell display. The mid-range device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor and 6GB LPDRR4 RAM. Apart from that, the Z18 Mini comes in two storage options – 64GB and 128GB. There’s also a microSD card slot for users who would further like to expand their storage.
Keeping up with the camera first trend for its Z series of devices, Nubia has included a power-packed dual rear camera. The setup comprises of a 24MP f/1.7 primary and a 5MP secondary sensor. Additionally, the camera comes with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) Sensor and Hybrid Contrast AF but misses out on an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). The front of the device packs an 8MP selfie shooter with 80-degree FOV.
The Nubia Z18 Mini packs with a 3,450mAH battery that comes with fast charging support. It features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Furthermore, users can register their face to utilize the Face Unlock credibility of the smartphone.
Nubia Z18 Specifications
- 5.7 inch 18:9 Full HD+ (2,160 x 1,080p) In-Cell Display with 85% NTSC color gamut and 2.5D Curved Glass
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor (4 x 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPU) with Adreno 512 GPU
- 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 64GB/128GB Internal Storage + Up to 256GB Expandable Storage
- Dual Rear Camera with 24MP f/1.7 Primary Lens + 5MP Secondary Lens and PDAF, CAF, dual tone LED flash
- 8MP f/2.0 Front Camera with 80-degree wide-angle lens
- Fingerprint Sensor, DTS Headphone X, TAS2555 Smart Amplifier
- Dual SIM with 4G VoLTE
- Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, USB Type C
- 3,450mAh Battery
- Android Oreo 8.1 with nubia UI
Nubia Z18 Mini Price and Availability
In terms of the pricing, the Nubia Z18 Mini starts at 1,799 Yuan (Rs 18,700/$286) for the base 6GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration. The top end variant of the Z18 Mini with 6GB RAM + 128GB storage costs 2,099 Yuan (Rs 21,850/$335). Apart from that, the special Lavender Provence Edition will cost even more at 2,199 Yuan which roughly translates to Rs 22,800 or $350. The smartphone will be available for sale starting April 19, with the first round of reservations starting today.