ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia has announced a new flagship in its home country, China, called the Nubia Z17. With the Nubia Z17, the Chinese OEM aims to deliver flagship smartphone experience with top-of-the-line hardware and premium design without raising the price bar too high. While not as popular as other Chinese OEMs such as Huawei and Xiaomi, Nubia has lately been expanding its smartphone offerings into European and US markets.
The Nubia Z17 is the successor to the last year’s Nubia Z11. Broadly speaking, the Nubia Z17 follows the same design language of the Nubia Z11, featuring a glass and metal body with a nearly bezel-less display. The device sports the same 5.5-inch full HD IPS display and comes with the familiar capacitive home button on the front.
However, the things get more exciting when we look at the internals of the device. On the inside of the Nubia Z17 is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC along with Adreno 540 GPU. The device packs whopping 8GB of RAM and a hefty 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. As for the camera, the device comes with a dual-camera setup on the back comprising of a 12MP sensor and a 23MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and larger 1.4 µm pixel size. The camera offers 2x lossless zoom, 10x dynamic zoom, 0.03 ultra fast focus speed and make use of artificial intelligence and NeoVision 7.0 search engine to further improve camera performance.
The front-facing camera has also been upgraded from an 8MP sensor to a 16MP one and features f/2.0 aperture and 80-degree wide-angle lens for improved selfie experience.
There is a 3,200 mAh battery on-board which the company claims can last up to 2.4 days on a single charge, thanks to its NeoPower 3.0 power saving system. Also, the Nubia Z17 is the first device to ship with Qualcomm’s latest fast charging standard, Quick Charge 4+, out of the box and can charge the battery from 0 to 50℅ in just 25 minutes.
On the software side of things, the Nubia Z17 comes running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with Nubia UI 5.0 on top. Similar to what we have seen on some of the Huawei devices, Nubia UI comes with some sort of AI-based technology called NeoSmart that improves performance and user experience over the time by learning user’s pattern and behavior through its machine learning algorithms.
The Nubia Z17 is also IP67 certified and can survive submersion into water up to 1 mt. for up to 30 minutes. However, making the device water-resistant means the device now no longer features a headphone jack nor it offers MicroSD card expansion.
Finally, the device comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, IR blaster, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, and USB Type-C port.
The Nubia Z17 will be available in five different colors – aurora blue, black gold, obsidian black, solar gold, flame red, and three storage options to choose from. As for pricing, the 8GB RAM + 128GB variant will retail for 3999 yuan ($590), the 6GB RAM + 128GB model for 3399 yuan ($500), while the model with 6GB RAM + 64GB will set you back 2799 yuan ($410).
All variants of the Nubia Z17 will go on sale in China on June 6. It’s not clear at this point exactly when, if ever, the device will be made available outside of China.
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