ZTE launches new Nubia Z17S and Z17 miniS in China

Lynne Hanson
October 14, 2017

Dubbed Nubia Z17S and Nubia Z17 miniS, the handsets highlight high-end specs that many smartphone reviewers are claiming can take on the likes of latest offerings from Apple, Samsung, and LG. On the other hand, the Nubia Z17 miniS also comes in two variants based on its body colour: Nubia Z17 miniS Black Gold, Nubia Z17 miniS Deep Blue and Nubia Z17 miniS Aegean Blue colour.

Other specs include two 5-megapixel front cameras tagged with f/2.2 aperture, fingerprint scanner at the back and a 3100mAh battery that supports fast charging. On the inside, the Z17 miniS is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 octa-core SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It goes on sale on October 19 with a price tag of US$305.

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Both the handsets sport an all glass design with the Nubia Z17S featuring Gorilla Glass protection on both sides while the miniS doesn't have protection on the rear. Under the hood, like the most of 2017 flagship smartphones, the Z17S is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core SoC, paired with either 6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM with 64 GB or 128 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot. It also has dual 5MP + 5MP front-facing camera. In terms of specifications, the smartphone features a 5.73-inch LTPS TFT all-screen display with a resolution of 1080×2040 pixels. It comes with dual camera setup at both front and the back. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and comes with the company's custom user interface: Nubia UI 5.1. There's no OIS on the rear camera. The dual camera setup utilizes an RGB and monochrome sensor to deliver better results in low-light conditions. "For the rear, it has a 12-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX362 sensor, 1.4μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.55" CMOS sensor, dual-tone LED flash and a 23-megapixel auxiliary camera Sony IMX318 sensor, f/2.0 aperture. Besides, the smartphone offers 4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Type C and NFC. The Nubia Z17 miniS is priced at 1999 yuan in China. Dimension wise, the Nubia Z17 miniS measures 147.5 × 71.2 × 7.6 mm and weighs 155 grams.

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