The ZTE Nubia Z18 Mini already has a reputation for being the perfect combination of high-end specs and a low price. We checked to see how different it is compared to the last year’s model, and also how it holds up against competitor models.
While this phone is not considered to be in the flagship class, some of its specifications indicate differently, as it has some powerful features. That paired with the incredibly low pricing makes this phone worth checking out.
-Snapdragon 660 AIE
-5.7’’ LTPS In Cell IPS LCD (1080p)
-6GB RAM, 64/128GB
-24MP/5MP Rear (2160p). 8MP Front
-Costs under $ 300
Nubia Z18 has a glass front and back, but it has an aluminum band around the sides. Many economical versions of smartphones go for this combination. Its back side is curved while the front is flat. The phone feels decently sturdy and scratch resistant.
The full phone dimensions are 148×70.6×7.6 mm (5.83×2.78×0.30 in). It weighs 153g (5.40 oz) and has Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) capability.
Its back side holds the dual rear cameras and the fingerprint sensor, while the front side holds the display and has no notch. The left side of the phone has a dedicated button for voice assistance, and this phone does feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a feature slowly vanishing in smartphones today.
Its Li-Po 3450mAh battery guarantees over 8 hours of screen time, but with ZTE optimization it is expected to go up to 10 hours.
ZTE NUBIA Z18 Mini is powered by a Snapdragon 660, which is well in the flagship class range. Considering the price, this is an impressive feature, and additionally, it has an Octa-core CPU with 4×2.2GHz and 4×1.8 GHz cores. That paired with 6GB of RAM makes this one very powerful phone for an incredibly low price.
It comes with 64/128GB internal memory. It does support a micro SD increase to up to 256GB but will use up your SIM 2 slot.
Resolution and Camera
Its rear camera duo is the phone’s main means of photo/video recording. The 24MP f/1.7 PDAF, a 5MP with depth sensor and a 2160p at 30fps may not be the best camera configuration on the market currently, but it beats many phones even from 2018, and is pretty strong. Again, at this price level, it is a bargain. It also supports HDR and has great features, such as the bokeh mode, Low light, autofocus, gesture shot, voice capture, face beautiful smile and face detection, time-lapse, multi-focus, and more…
The front selfie camera is a single 8MP, f2.0, has an 80-degree viewing angle, and can record up to 1080p at 30fps, which is, again, well above average.
Its display is, as mentioned, a 5.7’’ (83.8 cm²) multitouch supported, with a standard 1080x2160p resolution capability and an 18:9 ratio. It has no notch and makes up to approximately 80.2% screen-to-body ratio.
Performance and the final verdict
The Nubia Z18 performs admirably, well above its price range. Its performance matches that of many flagships currently on the market. The trick is to view the ZTE Nubia Z18 as a whole, including the low price and all of the main features together. Other flagship smartphones today focus on one aspect, such as the camera or the CPU, and push the envelope in that direction as far as it can be pushed currently, with other features being sufficient to satisfy average standards. So, if you were to seek a smartphone for a special purpose and you wanted the best in that area, you would probably go for a flagship smartphone and pay a sky high price. But, if in turn, you wanted an all-around decent, well above average in all its aspects, durable smartphone at third of the price a flagship costs today, you should definitely consider Nubia Z18. In simple terms, it is the ‘Jack of all trades’ of smartphones.