As expected, today Chinese smartphone maker, ZTE has introduced its Nubia sub brand in India with the launch of Nubia Z9 Mini which is the compact version of bezel free Nubia Z9 which company has announced recently in China, company has announced this Nubia Z9 Mini back in March and with today’s launch, India has became one of the first countries to get this device.
We were present there at the launch of this device and at there we were able to play with the device and we were able to play with device and after playing with Nubia Z9 Mini, and after playing with it here is our first impression with device.
Build And Design of ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini :-
ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini is one of the best built smartphone which we have seen recently from a Chinese maker. It is a mixer of polycarbonate and metal. It sports a metal frame which runs all across its body, and company claims it is built using an aircraft grade metal alloy.
At front of the device you will sport a 5 inch full HD display screen which seems sharp and crisp which also provides nice viewing angles. Above display you have an 8MP front facing camera for selfies and you will also find some sensors next to it.
Below display you will find a round Home button and two other capacitive navigation keys, which do supports backlit.
At the back side of device you will find an 16MP rear shooter along with LED flash, the back panel of this device sports diamond pattern design, at first look we thought that back panel is made up of glass but this removable back panel is made up of high quality plastic.
Once you remove back panel you will get access to your Micro SD card slot which allows you to expand its storage up to 128GB, its battery is fitted inside and you wont be able to replace it your own.
If we talk about connectivity and ports then on the right side you have power and sleep button followed by volume rockers, these are metal buttons and will provide nice feedback to you.
At bottom you will have Micro USB port for charging with primary microphone and speakers, as speakers are placed at bottom which means audio will not get muffled.
On left side you have SIM tray slot which allows you to insert dual SIMs, it accept micro SIMs and it also allows you to insert Micro.
At top you have a 3.5mm audio jack for you headphone and there is also secondary mic for noise cancellation.
Hardware of ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini :-
If we talk about under the hood features the ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini is powered by an 64 bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor that clocks in at 1.5 Ghz. The device integrates a 2GB RAM, and a 16 GB ROM expandable up to 128 GB.
It houses a 3,000mAh battery, at back it has an 16MP rear camera with LED and an 8MP front facing camera for selfies, for connectivity it supports WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, LTE, Micro USB and GPS.
Software of ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini :-
When it comes to software part, Nubia is not behind other Chinese smartphone makers, it runs on Android 5 Lollipop which is based on Nubia UI 2.8, and like what we have seen in recent days, these Chinese smartphone makers are coming with their own customize UI which is something kind of flat and you will find all your apps and icons will be placed on your dashboard and there are no app drawer for you.
In our test we found that UI is is smooth, thanks to octa core chipset and 2GB of RAM. We didnt got time to test games on it but we tried opening multiple apps and multiple tabs on browsers, everything went smoothly.
Camera of ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini :-
When it comes to camera, its the USP of this device, company claims that it can replace your DSLR. It comes with a normal mode in which it will adjust best settings according to the environment, but if you like to control things then there is a pro mode on which you can adjust White Balance, ISO, Shutter Speed and lots of other things, just like you can do on Microsoft Lumia Camera Pro app.
It sports a 16-megapixel sensor with LED flash and has a f/2.0 aperture, a 6-element lens system and a filter, at front it features an 8MP selfie which can take nice selfies. In our test we had took some and images comes out nice, even in low lighting conditions.
Final Verdict ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini :-
Overall this device seems a nice at first, but it will have to face tough competition with some other device which are doing good in market like Xiaomi Mi 4i and Huawei Honor 6. We will be posting full review very soon, so stay tuned with us, and if you have any question then comment below and we will be happy to answer them.