ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia has a new member – the Nubia Z11 Mini. The phone features a 5″ screen (the term « mini » has grown) and has a strong focus on photography.
The main camera uses a 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor (same as Xiaomi Mi 5 and Huawei Mate 8). It’s behind an f/2.0 lens and offers phase-detection autofocus and « 3D noise reduction. »
You get RAW DNG shooting mode and ISO that goes up to 12,800 (ZTE is promising no added noise, but we don’t buy it). For video shooting, the camera maxes out at 1080p.
There’s an 8MP selfie camera too, with large 1.4µm pixels and 80° lens (with a narrow aperture of f/2.4).
As for the rest of the Nubia Z11 Mini, the phone has a metal frame and a 5″ 1080p screen behind a 2.5D glass. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 617 chipset (28nm, 8x Cortex-A53, Adreno 405) with 3GB of RAM and comes with an impressive 64GB storage. It runs an older Android 5.1 Lollipop and has a fingerprint reader on the back.
This is a dual-SIM phone with VoLTE support. It’s powered by a 2,800mAh battery.
The Z11 Mini is going on sale in China later this month and will be available through JD for CNY 1,500 ($230/205).