Nubia Z11 Mini

NEW DELHI: nubia has entered the Indian smartphone market with the launch of its first smartphone – Z11 Mini. With an aim to attract photography enthusiasts, the smartphone is priced at Rs 14,500. It offers a 16MP rear camera with LED flash and flaunts a stylish metallic design . We spent some time with the Z11 Mini and here are its first impressions.

Design
With a metallic and glass unibody design, the nubia Z11 Mini is definitely impressive. Despite having a 5-inch display, the phone is surprisingly comfortable to use with one hand. The round-shaped edges of the phone are surrounded by a metallic ribbon making it comfortable to hold the device.
The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right, while the SIM card tray is located on the left. The front panel houses three backlit soft keys and an 8MP selfie camera. The rear, is covered with glass and has a 16MP camera with LED flash accompanied by the nubia branding and a fingerprint sensor.

The 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top, whereas the USB Type C charging port and speakers are located at the bottom. With a 2.5D curved glass display and an all metal bumper the Z11 Mini sports a shiny look.

Display
Z11 Mini features a 5-inch Full HD display with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution. It is sharp and vibrant enough to offer fairly good colour reproductions. Viewing angles are decent and the large display provides an all round experience. It provides a considerable amount of visibility in sunlight as well.

Hardware
The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. It also has a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB through a microSD card. The phone has a hybrid dual-sim slot to help users choose between a dual-sim and an expandable storage mode.
Although we used the Z11 Mini for a limited time, the device heated up after moderate usage. In all likelihood this can be due to its all-metal body. However, the handset handled activities, such as app switching and light gaming without any issues.

Software
The smartphone runs theAndroid 5.1 Lollipop operating system padded with an added layer of customisation. The UI makes manoeuvring within the operating environment slow. However, the interface is pretty clean and user friendly. With gesture control features, the Z11 Mini might enjoy some kind of exclusivity by virtue of the price bracket it is available in. With no app drawer and all apps placed on multiple homescreen, the handset loses out on a point.

Camera
As mentioned earlier, the nubia Z11 Mini comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front camera for selfies. While using the phone, the camera produced good pictures in normal lighting conditions. Colour reproduction is decent as well, with the beautification feature further enhancing selfies.