Nubia Z11 Mini Review – my new daily driver


nubia z11 mini review

With promising first impressions already under it’s belt, how does the Nubia Z11 Mini impress in our full review?

For those of you who have managed to miss our previous posts about the Nubia Z11 Mini you can catch up in the following posts:

If you had already read those post then you will already know that I was pretty impressed with the phone so far, so what are my opinions on the Z11 Mini overall? Find out in the full Nubia Z11 Mini review below.

Nubia Z11 Mini Review – Design

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The Z11 Mini looks a little like a Sony Xperia and even an iPhone in some ways. The dual glass panels and full CNC alloy chassis give the phone a quality look and feel.

nubia z11 mini review

On the front is a 5-inch FHD display, the trademark Nubia red halo (and don’t you dare try to copy it), and a 2.5D curve at the very edges.

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As the glass of the front curves it meets a narrow plastic border before touching the CNC chassis.

nubia z11 mini review

The machined frame is where you will find a SIM/SD card tray, USB Type C, 3.5mm headphone jack and power and volume buttons. Unlike other similar spec phones the Z11 Mini doesn’t have an IR remote, but that’s fine by me as I never use them anyway.

nubia z11 mini review

Construction of the rear of the phone is similar to the front with another 2.5D curved panel and narrow plastic border. The rear also has a fingerprint scanner, single LED flash, 16 mega-pixel F2.0 rear camera and the Nubia logo.

Personally I love the compact 5-inch design, and I feel the build is just as good as any other phone from a premium phone maker. My only issue is how easy the phone picks up fingerprints and smudges, but although glossy it doesn’t slip around on smooth surfaces like some Xiaomi phones do.

Nubia Z11 Mini review – Hardware

Nubia have done an excellent job of specing out the Nubia Z11 Mini, and not only is the hardware all very good, but it all works together well too.

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Starting from the front again, hardware features include a 5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 display for a pixel density of 441ppi. Above the screen is an 8 mega-pixel F2.4 front camera, and on the chin is the halo home button (which also acts as a notification light) and hardware buttons on either side for moving around the Nubia UI ROM.

nubia z11 mini review

Flip the phone over and you have a 16 mega-pixel F2.0 rear camera (which has been a joy to use), single LED flash and fingerprint scanner.

As I mentioned in my first hands on with the phone, the fingerprint scanner on the Z11 Mini isn’t the most accurate available on the market (that honor goes to the scanner used by Vivo), but it is still a damn sight better than the fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 2 (which is basically useless most of the time).

Internally Nubia have opted for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset. This is an octacore CPU with an Adreno 405 GPU. The chipset runs with 3GB RAM. While this might not be as impressive a set up as a Snapdragon 820 phone with 6GB RAM, you would be hard pressed to actually notice any differences when opening multiple apps and the day to daily running of the phone.

Storage is handled by 32GB internal memory, plus there is room for up to a 200GB SD card via the SIM/SD tray. If you do use an SD card you can only fit a single SIM, or with no SD you can use dual SIM cards. During my time with the Z11 Mini I used the phone on Vodafone in Spain and 3 in the UK with no issues.

nubia z11 mini review

Audio on the Nubia Z11 Mini is very impressive. The phone had DTS sound which needs to be turned on either in the settings or from within the music app. with DTS off audio is unimpressive, but flip the switch and it’s another story. Audio through the external speaker is decent enough too.

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So with so much goodness going on is there any area where the Z11 Mini isn’t quite so good? Well the 2800mAh battery is a little bit of a disappointment. Not only is this a little on the small side for a 2016 smartphone, but the actually endurance of the battery isn’t the greatest either.

My worse battery life was just half a day, but I was really heavily using GPS, data and Google maps. The best I’ve managed is a day and a half, but much of that was with the phone simply in stand-by. Figure on getting just a day of use on general from the Z11 Mini, and expect to need to charge the phone up before you head out on the night.

Nubia Z11 Mini Review – Benchmarks

Nubia Z11 Mini Review – Camera

nubia z11 mini photo sample

The camera on the Z11 Mini is really very good. Not only is the 16 mega-pixel sensor good, but Nubia have used some great lens, a 6 lens stack, F2.0 aperture and then topped it all off with a feature rich camera application.

nubia z11 mini photo sample

Taking photos is fast, and with the high-end lenses you can get some really wonderful images.

nubia z11 mini photo sample

The camera is so good on the Z11 Mini that its a challenge to actually take a bad photo. Pretty much every shot I got with the phone was worth sharing. This is really impressive for any level of phone, but especially so for a device retailing at just 1499 Yuan in China.

Slow Shutter Samples

The Z11 Mini has slow shutter modes ranging from just 1 second exposure all the way to 21 minutes!

Nubia Z11 Mini photo samples

Nubia Z11 Mini Review – Nubia UI

nubia z11 mini splitscreen
Nubia Z11 Splitscreen

Nubia UI is based on Android 5.1 out of the box and so far it’s not received any updates while I’ve been using it. This isn’t a huge issue as all the important stuff works out of the box.

Nubia has spent a lot of time to really get the most from the system and seek as much performance out of the hardware as possible, and while they were at it they added some nice features too.

nubia z11 mini edge gestures

Edge features is one of the diamonds in the ROM and really makes navigating and moving between apps fast and even fun. With edge gestures on, I had the Z11 Mini switch between background apps by swiping up and down on the right edge, open the camera by swiping down on the left (Chrome when swiping up) and clear all background apps by rubbing the right edge.

If you want to close apps one by one or lock them into a white list just hold down the right hardware button and the task manager will pop up.

nubia z11 mini review

As this is the international version of the Z11 Mini, Google is tied in to the system out of the box, so there is no need to root the phone and side load Google, simply turn the phone on and log in to your account. All the usual Google apps are in the ROM as standard and everything works, but like many Chinese phones Android Auto isn’t currently supported.

Nubia Z11 Mini Review – Gallery

Nubia Z11 Mini Review – Conclusion

In a nutshell the Nubia Z11 Mini is a stellar phone. Its built well, has great performance, a feature packed ROM and a camera that rivals those found on devices costing double.

nubia z11 mini review

My only issue is the battery life. If you really are a heavy user then you are going to need to charge the Z11 Mini through the day, which is a shame because other than that this is a great phone.

Even with the lower than average battery life it has been hard for me to put the Nubia Z11 Mini down, and since the day of arrival (and until something better comes along) I believe I’m going to continue to use it.

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124 Comments

  1. Assefa Hanson
    May 15, 2016

    the battery is a deal breaker for me, since i play games for hours and do my writting this is why i have to have my Cubot h2 around me even if i have a main “flagship phone” but this looks like a great phone and OH MY GOD the camera quality looks stunning, phones like these make me even more dissapointed in the mi 5

    R.I.P andi’s one plus x 2015-2016

    • andierai
      May 16, 2016

      Performance should be 5

  2. Chico Migraña
    May 15, 2016

    Damn, now i have to sell my Redmi Note 3 Pro.
    I think next Z11 will have a better battery, IR blaster and 5,5″ maybe, that will be perfect

    • Muhammad Yasir
      May 15, 2016

      or don’t … RN3 aint half bad afaik

      • Chico Migraña
        May 15, 2016

        Nubia cameras and applications are better than any Xiaomi I think, just have to try Mi5 but NeoVision is pretty good, that’s why I like Nubia.

        • Bapt
          May 15, 2016

          I am interested by the Redmi 3 Pro for its compact size and am also considering the Nubia Z11 Mini but its battery life isn’t that great. I am wondering if the battery life of the Z11 will get better with ROM optimization by ZTE. Note 3 Pro is a great phone but the size is too big for one hand usage.

          • Chico Migraña
            May 15, 2016

            If you don’t care about camera quality, Redmi 3 Pro is OK, but quality of Nubia phones are better than Redmi line. Redmi Note 3 is almost the same size of Xiaomi Mi3, feels even more comfortable than Mi3 (5″)

            • Bapt
              May 16, 2016

              I believe you regarding the Note 3 Pro, it is an amazing phone with higher performance. The only problem is that I am planning to use my next phone with a silicone case (thin of course) so with the width of the Note 3 Pro which is 76mm I will be most of the time forced to use it with 2 hands. My screen ideal size is in fact 5.2-5.3″ but there are no Redmi series with screen at that size. Regarding the Redmi 3 Pro, its CPU is not the best but it works pretty well. This Nubia Z11 Mini is in fact an amazing phone, it is a shame that they did not put a 3000mah inside. Maybe with system update its battery life will get better.

            • TheOracle
              May 17, 2016

              The SD650 happens to be very fast and efficient. I average 6-8 hours sot with my RN3P. It’s also one of the most compact 5.5 inch phones around. If you find it too big for one handed use here’s a cool tip for you. When you open the screen swipe the capacitive buttons to the right or left and the one handed 4.5 inch screen will appear on the side you swiped to. Presto!

            • Bapt
              May 17, 2016

              Hi TheOracle, thank you for your comment. I know about the one handed mode in the MIUI system. The fact is that I am also concerned by the weight and the size of the phone so I need to get a new jacket with huge pockets in order to take the phone outside (I hate to put phone in trousers pockets). I am scared to move from a BlackBerry 8900 (small and compact) to a 5.5″ phone directly, that’s the reason why I am trying to find the right phone for me. Redmi 3 Pro is also cheaper. Thanks.

            • TheOracle
              May 17, 2016

              If you don’t restrict yourself to Xiaomi only you’ll have a much larger selection of good phones. Moving up to a 5.5″ phone may seem a big jump but once you do it you’ll never go back to a smaller one. I had the same problem and it’s the norm for me now.

            • Bapt
              May 17, 2016

              You are right, if I do not restrict myself to Xiaomi only I will definitely have a much larger selection of good phones. I am interested by Xiaomi devices mainly because of the community behind each device. I do not have any background about android so I do prefer to secure my investment. There are a bunch of smartphones out there but it also depends on my budget. I do like a lot the Huawei P9 Lite but this one is sold above $300. I take notice of what you wrote above regarding your personal experience with 5.5″ phone in order to make my decision. Thanks a lot for your advices and the time passed to reply me. I do appreciate! Have a great wonderful day!

      • Chico Migraña
        May 15, 2016

        Well , now I see Nubia used the same sensor as Xiaomi Mi5, Sony imx298, so must be good enough.

        • balcobomber25
          May 15, 2016

          In this case the Nubia seems to take pretty good pictures. But you should never base it just on a phone using the same sensor. You could put this sensor in an Elephone and it will take terrible pictures.

          • Chico Migraña
            May 15, 2016

            Everything you put on an Elephone will look like crap hahaha even IPhone’s camera XD

  3. xi7
    May 15, 2016

    baterry = 7… was generous , maybe 4 or 3.

  4. jimberkas
    May 15, 2016

    so, no app drawer. that’s a bit of a bummer nice phone though

    • Aa
      May 15, 2016

      No big deal. Install Nova Launcher (or any Launcher) and you will get app drawer.

    • balcobomber25
      May 15, 2016

      There’s thousands of launchers you can use to get an app drawer. But this is where a lot of UI’s are going these days. Personally I am starting to prefer folders to an app drawer.

      • Minusplusdivide
        May 16, 2016

        Even Samsung and LG start to go in no app drawer.

        • VMortens
          May 17, 2016

          Samsung? Where – looking at S6, A5(6) and S7 and the drawer simply is there …

          • MinusPlusDivide
            May 17, 2016

            Samsung there is an option to remove app drawer if I am not mistaken as I saw on hand on video while ago.

            but the rumor that android N might drop app drawer may make no app drawer become mainstream.

  5. Muhammad Yasir
    May 15, 2016

    wait … its actually HARD to take BAD pics with this ?!

    omg , why no 10/10 on the cam then , Andi ?!

    • balcobomber25
      May 15, 2016

      Basing it just on his pictures I would give it an 8, they are very good but not on the level of the Galaxy S7, Huawei P9, or LG G5.

      • Airyl
        May 15, 2016

        Honestly the P9’s camera is nothing to yell about, especially when compared to the other flagships.

        • balcobomber25
          May 15, 2016

          I used one this weekend, its an incredible camera. But it’s also a camera where you have to get the settings just right.

          • oscar
            May 16, 2016

            LOL, stop speaking out your ass balco, the S7, P9 and G5 are nothing compared to the Nubia camera. They’re maybe better than the Z11 mini but definitely not better than the Z9 or Z9 Max. If you don’t believe me follow this link.

            http://en.nubia.com/nubia_gallery/html/gallery.html

            My Z9 Max arrives today, couldn’t wait for the Z11 or Z11 Max. If you watch Nubia’s release conferences you’ll see how much time they dedicate to just explaining the features of the camera, they even gave out tripods last year for the Z9 invitations. The Nubia line is purely for camera enthusiasts and photographers who want very close to DSLR like photos.

            • balcobomber25
              May 16, 2016

              Nubia has some very good cameras but the Z9 is nowhere close to the any of today’s flagships.

              Using company provided pictures is the worst way to prove your point. Most companies hire professional photographers to take those photos and most heavily touch them up. Some don’t even use the reference phone to take those photos. Even some of the crappy brands will have awesome company provided photos.

            • Oscar
              May 16, 2016

              I know what you mean but its quite evident that you’ve never used a Nubia. They’re particularly proud of their camera capabilities so much so that their boot animation has photographs taken by Nubia users. Each photo has a caption which states the user who submitted it. Having used the Z9 Max for the past couple of hours I can truly say that the camera on this phone is better than the S7, P9 and G5. The Z9 has an IMX234, I believe that was used by the G4 but I’m sure you know that its not about the megapixels but the lense etc. that make a camera reach those heights. What features of the latest flagships take them to a level above the Nubia? Some of these “flagships” don’t even come with manual control! If it wasn’t for developers spending hours implementing these things how can this “flagship” boast a camera better than that of phones with an equally similar camera with manual control?

            • balcobomber25
              May 16, 2016

              I owned a Z7…..

            • Inti Energia
              May 16, 2016

              Oscar, please tone down your offensive rhetoric. Balco is one of the main reasons we follow this site and there is no space for gratuitous insults here. He is simply stating his opinion and those of us who value his contributions know that he is speaking from quite another place than that which you have suggested. As for you, however…

            • Oscar
              May 16, 2016

              LMAO, Really? Balco stated his opinion and I stated mine. I agree with a lot of what balco says but not on this occasion. If that somehow hurts you then don’t read my comments.

      • xi7
        May 15, 2016

        based on nothing apparently 9/10 camera, 7 would be ideal.

  6. Assefa Hanson
    May 15, 2016

    the battery is a deal breaker for me, since i play games for hours and do my writting this is why i have to have my Cubot h2 around me even if i have a main “flagship phone” but this looks like a great phone and OH MY GOD the camera quality looks stunning, phones like these make me even more dissapointed in the mi 5

    R.I.P andi’s one plus x 2015-2016

    • andierai
      May 16, 2016

      Performance should be 5

  7. Ricardo A.
    May 15, 2016

    Damn, now i have to sell my Redmi Note 3 Pro.
    I think next Z11 will have a better battery, IR blaster and 5,5″ maybe, that will be perfect

    • Guest
      May 15, 2016

      or don’t … RN3 aint half bad afaik

    • Ricardo A.
      May 15, 2016

      Nubia cameras and applications are better than any Xiaomi I think, just have to try Mi5 but NeoVision is pretty good, that’s why I like Nubia.

    • Ricardo A.
      May 15, 2016

      Well , now I see Nubia used the same sensor as Xiaomi Mi5, Sony imx298, so must be good enough.

    • Guest
      May 15, 2016

      I am interested by the Redmi 3 Pro for its compact size and am also considering the Nubia Z11 Mini but its battery life isn’t that great. I am wondering if the battery life of the Z11 will get better with ROM optimization by ZTE. Note 3 Pro is a great phone but the size is too big for one hand usage.

    • Ricardo A.
      May 16, 2016

      If you don’t care about camera quality, Redmi 3 Pro is OK, but quality of Nubia phones are better than Redmi line. Redmi Note 3 is almost the same size of Xiaomi Mi3, feels even more comfortable than Mi3 (5″)

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2016

      In this case the Nubia seems to take pretty good pictures. But you should never base it just on a phone using the same sensor. You could put this sensor in an Elephone and it will take terrible pictures.

    • Ricardo A.
      May 16, 2016

      Everything you put on an Elephone will look like crap hahaha even IPhone’s camera XD

    • Guest
      May 16, 2016

      I believe you regarding the Note 3 Pro, it is an amazing phone with higher performance. The only problem is that I am planning to use my next phone with a silicone case (thin of course) so with the width of the Note 3 Pro which is 76mm I will be most of the time forced to use it with 2 hands. My screen ideal size is in fact 5.2-5.3″ but there are no Redmi series with screen at that size. Regarding the Redmi 3 Pro, its CPU is not the best but it works pretty well. This Nubia Z11 Mini is in fact an amazing phone, it is a shame that they did not put a 3000mah inside. Maybe with system update its battery life will get better.

    • TheOracle
      May 17, 2016

      The SD650 happens to be very fast and efficient. I average 6-8 hours sot with my RN3P. It’s also one of the most compact 5.5 inch phones around. If you find it too big for one handed use here’s a cool tip for you. When you open the screen swipe the capacitive buttons to the right or left and the one handed 4.5 inch screen will appear on the side you swiped to. Presto!

    • Guest
      May 17, 2016

      Hi TheOracle, thank you for your comment. I know about the one handed mode in the MIUI system. The fact is that I am also concerned by the weight and the size of the phone so I need to get a new jacket with huge pockets in order to take the phone outside (I hate to put phone in trousers pockets). I am scared to move from a BlackBerry 8900 (small and compact) to a 5.5″ phone directly, that’s the reason why I am trying to find the right phone for me. Redmi 3 Pro is also cheaper. Thanks.

    • TheOracle
      May 17, 2016

      If you don’t restrict yourself to Xiaomi only you’ll have a much larger selection of good phones. Moving up to a 5.5″ phone may seem a big jump but once you do it you’ll never go back to a smaller one. I had the same problem and it’s the norm for me now.

    • Guest
      May 17, 2016

      You are right, if I do not restrict myself to Xiaomi only I will definitely have a much larger selection of good phones. I am interested by Xiaomi devices mainly because of the community behind each device. I do not have any background about android so I do prefer to secure my investment. There are a bunch of smartphones out there but it also depends on my budget. I do like a lot the Huawei P9 Lite but this one is sold above $300. I take notice of what you wrote above regarding your personal experience with 5.5″ phone in order to make my decision. Thanks a lot for your advices and the time passed to reply me. I do appreciate! Have a great wonderful day!

  8. xi7
    May 15, 2016

    baterry = 7… was generous , maybe 4 or 3.

  9. jimberkas
    May 15, 2016

    so, no app drawer. that’s a bit of a bummer nice phone though

    • Aa
      May 15, 2016

      No big deal. Install Nova Launcher (or any Launcher) and you will get app drawer.

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2016

      There’s thousands of launchers you can use to get an app drawer. But this is where a lot of UI’s are going these days. Personally I am starting to prefer folders to an app drawer.

    • Guest
      May 17, 2016

      Even Samsung and LG start to go in no app drawer.

    • VMortens
      May 17, 2016

      Samsung? Where – looking at S6, A5(6) and S7 and the drawer simply is there …

    • Guest
      May 17, 2016

      Samsung there is an option to remove app drawer if I am not mistaken as I saw on hand on video while ago.

      but the rumor that android N might drop app drawer may make no app drawer become mainstream.

  10. balcobomber25
    May 15, 2016

    Not a bad little phone, I don’t think I could go back to using a 5 incher though. I picked up a Mi4 the other day and it felt so tiny. 5.2 is probably the lowest I could go for in a phone these days.

    • Minusplusdivide
      May 16, 2016

      I think I might wait for 5.5 inch Z11 Max and see which one I would get.

  11. Guest
    May 15, 2016

    wait … its actually HARD to take BAD pics with this ?!

    omg , why no 10/10 on the cam then , Andi ?!

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2016

      Basing it just on his pictures I would give it an 8, they are very good but not on the level of the Galaxy S7, Huawei P9, or LG G5.

    • Airyl
      May 16, 2016

      Honestly the P9’s camera is nothing to yell about, especially when compared to the other flagships.

    • xi7
      May 16, 2016

      based on nothing apparently 9/10 camera, 7 would be ideal.

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2016

      I used one this weekend, its an incredible camera. But it’s also a camera where you have to get the settings just right. Most reviews don’t do it justice because most reviewers aren’t good at taking pictures. The S7 and G5 are much better as a point and shoot camera.

    • Guest
      May 16, 2016

      LOL, stop speaking out your ass balco, the S7, P9 and G5 are nothing compared to the Nubia camera. They’re maybe better than the Z11 mini but definitely not better than the Z9 or Z9 Max. If you don’t believe me follow this link.

      http://en.nubia.com/nubia_gallery/html/gallery.html

      My Z9 Max arrives today, couldn’t wait for the Z11 or Z11 Max. If you watch Nubia’s release conferences you’ll see how much time they dedicate to just explaining the features of the camera, they even gave out tripods last year for the Z9 invitations. The Nubia line is purely for camera enthusiasts and photographers who want very close to DSLR like photos.

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2016

      Nubia has some very good cameras but the Z9 is nowhere close to the any of today’s flagships.

      Using company provided pictures is the worst way to prove your point. Most companies hire professional photographers to take those photos and most heavily touch them up. Some don’t even use the reference phone to take those photos. Even some of the crappy brands will have awesome company provided photos.

    • Inti Energia
      May 16, 2016

      Oscar, please tone down your offensive rhetoric. Balco is one of the main reasons we follow this site and there is no space for gratuitous insults here. He is simply stating his opinion and those of us who value his contributions know that he is speaking from quite another place than that which you have suggested. As for you, however…

    • Guest
      May 17, 2016

      LMAO, Really? Balco stated his opinion and I stated mine. I agree with a lot of what balco says but not on this occasion. If that somehow hurts you then don’t read my comments.

    • Guest
      May 17, 2016

      I know what you mean but its quite evident that you’ve never used a Nubia. They’re particularly proud of their camera capabilities so much so that their boot animation has photographs taken by Nubia users. Each photo has a caption which states the user who submitted it. Having used the Z9 Max for the past couple of hours I can truly say that the camera on this phone is better than the S7, P9 and G5. The Z9 has an IMX234, I believe that was used by the G4 but I’m sure you know that its not about the megapixels but the lense etc. that make a camera reach those heights. What features of the latest flagships take them to a level above the Nubia? Some of these “flagships” don’t even come with manual control! If it wasn’t for developers spending hours implementing these things how can this “flagship” boast a camera better than that of phones with an equally similar camera with manual control?

    • balcobomber25
      May 17, 2016

      I owned a Z7, I used a Z5 and Z9 as well as about a dozen other ZTE phones. I have plenty of experience with Nubia, probably more than most people here do including yourself. They used to be one of my favorite brands. They make very good cameras, like I said in a previous comment. Also I can’t think of a single flagship camera app that doesn’t have manual controls.

  12. Luke Xu
    May 15, 2016

    Does this have nfc?

    • May 16, 2016

      Nope

      • Luke Xu
        May 16, 2016

        Had the z9 mini. Amazing phone with good camera and good battery life but lacking nfc. Keen to see z11 release.

  13. Xalis
    May 16, 2016

    I miss my Z7 Mini with the custom ROM from Cuoco92, the camera on Nubia phones is always amazing, too bad their battery life is always shit.

  14. balcobomber25
    May 16, 2016

    Not a bad little phone, I don’t think I could go back to using a 5 incher though. I picked up a Mi4 the other day and it felt so tiny. 5.2 is probably the lowest I could go for in a phone these days.

    • Guest
      May 17, 2016

      I think I might wait for 5.5 inch Z11 Max and see which one I would get.

  15. mf1gt3r
    May 16, 2016

    Finally, I get to see a Nubia review from Gizchina. Camera on Nubias are generally very impressive. You can fault with battery life(Z11), audio (Z9) even ROM (Z7) but never camera.

    • James
      May 16, 2016

      What was wrong with the Z9 audio? I have the max as my daily driver and have never heard a better phone with my AKG Q701 headphones. It doesn’t have aptx for Bluetooth, but not many phones do.

  16. Lkasdxu
    May 16, 2016

    Does this have nfc?

    • Andi Sykes
      May 16, 2016

      Nope

    • Lkasdxu
      May 16, 2016

      Had the z9 mini. Amazing phone with good camera and good battery life but lacking nfc. Keen to see z11 release.

  17. Guest
    May 16, 2016

    I miss my Z7 Mini with the custom ROM from Cuoco92, the camera on Nubia phones is always amazing, too bad their battery life is always shit.

  18. erictheking87
    May 16, 2016

    In terms of audio hardware – does it have a DAC/amp?

  19. Ivo001
    May 16, 2016

    Buy this phone or a LeEco Le 2 (pro?) or a redmi note 3 or maybe the Vernee Apollo Lite?

    • Markoff
      May 17, 2016

      redmi note 3 is by far the best if you don’t mind not so special camera

      nobody ever heard about vernee, good luck with future software updates and developer community

  20. Nolan
    May 16, 2016

    43k on AnTuTu 6 is basically a disaster.
    Will not buy.

    In fact, any phone with an AnTuTu 6 score below 120,000 isn’t worth buying.

    • James
      May 16, 2016

      Ha ha ha haaa haaaaa haaaaaaa! You’re funny!

      • Panther
        May 16, 2016

        No, nothing funny about it. 43k on AnTuTu is a terrible score indeed.
        Although that 120k maybe too much to ask for from the 617.

        • balcobomber25
          May 16, 2016

          I think hes laughing more at Antutu or the people who think those scores actually mean something….

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2016

      What is the real world difference between a phone that scores 110,000, 115,000, 118,000 and 120,000?

  21. mf1gt3r
    May 16, 2016

    Finally, I get to see a Nubia review from Gizchina. Camera on Nubias are generally very impressive. You can fault with battery life(Z11), audio (Z9) even ROM (Z7) but never camera.

    • James
      May 16, 2016

      What was wrong with the Z9 audio? I have the max as my daily driver and have never heard a better phone with my AKG Q701 headphones. It doesn’t have aptx for Bluetooth, but not many phones do.

  22. erictheking87
    May 16, 2016

    In terms of audio hardware – does it have a DAC/amp?

  23. Ivo001
    May 16, 2016

    Buy this phone or a LeEco Le 2 (pro?) or a redmi note 3 or maybe the Vernee Apollo Lite?

    • Markoff
      May 17, 2016

      redmi note 3 is by far the best if you don’t mind not so special camera

      nobody ever heard about vernee, good luck with future software updates and developer community

  24. Guest
    May 16, 2016

    43k on AnTuTu 6 is basically a disaster.
    Will not buy.

    In fact, any phone with an AnTuTu 6 score below 120,000 isn’t worth buying.

    • James
      May 16, 2016

      Ha ha ha haaa haaaaa haaaaaaa! You’re funny!

    • Guest
      May 16, 2016

      No, nothing funny about it. 43k on AnTuTu is a terrible score indeed.
      Although that 120k maybe too much to ask for from the 617.

    • balcobomber25
      May 17, 2016

      I think hes laughing more at Antutu or the people who think those scores actually mean something….

    • balcobomber25
      May 17, 2016

      What is the real world difference between a phone that scores 110,000, 115,000, 118,000 and 120,000?

      There is none those numbers are meaningless. Phones on Antutu that score 65,000 can perform equally to those that score 100,000. And on the flip side two phones that score 100,000 can perform completely differently.

  25. slartiblart
    May 16, 2016

    Sweet camera – battery life does seem like a deal breaker.

  26. Musaioso
    May 16, 2016

    I don’t get it why people are comparing this phone’s camera to Galaxy S7, G5 etc!! Isn’t it totally wrong? U pay 230-250 dollars for this phone and expect its camera to be at sub 600-700 dollar phones? I think you are way wrong brother. 🙂

    Anyway, I am just a crazy fan of ZTE since I used their Redbull V5. Stunning Display, Camera on a budget phone. That 720p display was just gorgeous. And the Halo home key just steals your gaze. So always follow them. Was Impressed with the Z9 mini and Z9 (too heavy though). Now z11 mmini looks promising. Specially the camera! Hoping to get one if I can manage the money! ^_^

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2016

      The S7 and G5 are the current industry benchmarks, they are among the best available. Comparisons will always be made to them regardless of price, it’s just the way this works.

  27. slartiblart
    May 16, 2016

    Sweet camera – battery life does seem like a deal breaker.

  28. Musaioso
    May 16, 2016

    I don’t get it why people are comparing this phone’s camera to Galaxy S7, G5 etc!! Isn’t it totally wrong? U pay 230-250 dollars for this phone and expect its camera to be at sub 600-700 dollar phones? I think you are way wrong brother. 🙂

    Anyway, I am just a crazy fan of ZTE since I used their Redbull V5. Stunning Display, Camera on a budget phone. That 720p display was just gorgeous. And the Halo home key just steals your gaze. So always follow them. Was Impressed with the Z9 mini and Z9 (too heavy though). Now z11 mmini looks promising. Specially the camera! Hoping to get one if I can manage the money! ^_^

    • balcobomber25
      May 17, 2016

      The S7 and G5 are the current industry benchmarks, they are among the best available. Comparisons will always be made to them regardless of price, it’s just the way this works.

  29. Minusplusdivide
    May 16, 2016

    Is quick charge available on this phone?

    I think I might find my this year unicorn.

  30. Guest
    May 17, 2016

    Is quick charge available on this phone?

    I think I might find my this year unicorn.

  31. Steven Fox
    May 17, 2016

    Should have gone with the SD650 at that price, but it`s a camera centered phone, and it does what it does best.
    After seeing those photos, I can`t argue that it`s a good purchase.

  32. Avinash kumar
    May 17, 2016

    @Gizchina:disqus How would you campare this to the z9 mini . is it the same lens setup ?

  33. Steven Fox
    May 17, 2016

    Should have gone with the SD650 at that price, but it`s a camera centered phone, and it does what it does best.
    After seeing those photos, I can`t argue that it`s a good purchase.

  34. VMortens
    May 17, 2016

    Reminds me a lot of a Galaxy A5(2016) unit I recently use as a daily driver. This is a mid-ranger too, yet it does have OIS and even bigger aperture (1.9). Camera is really excellent. Battery is only 2900mAh, but behaves like it was 3600! Incredible. Only thing missing is notification LED, but I managed to get over, using soft solutions available in the PlayStore. Even the TouchWiz is thinner and smoother now, yet still I’d probably prefer the Nubia UI.

    Let’s hope Z11’s price will drop pretty fast, as Chinese phones should be noticably cheaper to compete with the mainstream (especially when they lack in specs).

  35. Avinash kumar
    May 17, 2016

    @Gizchina:disqus How would you campare this to the z9 mini . is it the same lens setup ?

  36. VMortens
    May 17, 2016

    Reminds me a lot of a Galaxy A5(2016) unit I recently use as a daily driver. This is a mid-ranger too, yet it does have OIS and even bigger aperture (1.9). Camera is really excellent. Battery is only 2900mAh, but behaves like it was 3600! Incredible. Only thing missing is notification LED, but I managed to get over, using soft solutions available in the PlayStore. Even the TouchWiz is thinner and smoother now, yet still I’d probably prefer the Nubia UI.

    Let’s hope Z11’s price will drop pretty fast, as Chinese phones should be noticably cheaper to compete with the mainstream (especially when they lack in specs).

  37. deeeeeezy
    May 17, 2016

    A silly question but, where does one order the international version from with the Google support? I looked on aliexpress but only saw the 64gb version which I’m guessing is the China version which doesn’t have play services as standard…unless there’s an international rom somewhere which could be flashed to it. Quite interested in this phone, depending on how the Zuk Z2/OP3/Vernee Apollo(lite) turn out. Thanks

  38. deeeeeezy
    May 17, 2016

    A silly question but, where does one order the international version from with the Google support? I looked on aliexpress but only saw the 64gb version which I’m guessing is the China version which doesn’t have play services as standard…unless there’s an international rom somewhere which could be flashed to it. Quite interested in this phone, depending on how the Zuk Z2/OP3/Vernee Apollo(lite) turn out. Thanks

  39. Andi
    May 23, 2016

    This or the OnePlus X? Any suggestions?

  40. Guest
    May 23, 2016

    This or the OnePlus X? Any suggestions?

  41. Matouš Kostlivý
    June 2, 2016

    Hi Andi, just to the fingerprint sensor. I think you are too harsh at the OnePlus 2. Have you tried Hydrogen OS? Because with this system the fingerprint works like a charm without any flaws. After all like other features of the phone… Oxygen OS is really mediocre at least in comparison to Hydrogen.

  42. Matouš Kostlivý
    June 2, 2016

    Hi Andi, just to the fingerprint sensor. I think you are too harsh at the OnePlus 2. Have you tried Hydrogen OS? Because with this system the fingerprint works like a charm without any flaws. After all like other features of the phone… Oxygen OS is really mediocre at least in comparison to Hydrogen.

  43. Jayson Wayne
    June 11, 2016

    I’m using this phone for 1 week now, and I’m sorry to tell that, but no the battery life isn’t just a small problem! It’s really huge problem!!

    I don’t play any games. I use push mail, Line and KakaoTalk. In addition, I watch no more than 1hour video on Youtube.
    The 4G is on all day long.

    ==> Unfortunately it’s just impossible to use the phone a complete day without a charge. So that’s the reason why the Nubia Z11 Mini is an epic fail.

    And a S617 for a 2016 smartphone is just awful for a brand like Nubia. The S650 or S652 or any SoC of 2016 would have been better for the battery life and for the performances.

    The only great point of this phone is the camera which takes incredible photos!

    Everybody who has this Z11 Mini should try to watch 60min of a HD Youtube video to learn how many % the battery will lost!

    • VMortens
      June 21, 2016

      Really shocking what I’m reading here.
      Samsung’s Galaxy A5(6) has very similar SoC (SD616) and nearly identical battery (2900mAh) yet it’s efficiency is outstanding!
      Something tells us Nubia lacks optimisation biiig time.

  44. Jayson Wayne
    June 11, 2016

    I’m using this phone for 1 week now, and I’m sorry to tell that, but no the battery life isn’t just a small problem! It’s really huge problem!!

    I don’t play any games. I use push mail, Line and KakaoTalk. In addition, I watch no more than 1hour video on Youtube.
    The 4G is on all day long.

    ==> Unfortunately it’s just impossible to use the phone a complete day without a charge. So that’s the reason why the Nubia Z11 Mini is an epic fail.

    And a S617 for a 2016 smartphone is just awful for a brand like Nubia. The S650 or S652 or any SoC of 2016 would have been better for the battery life and for the performances.

    The only great point of this phone is the camera which takes incredible photos!

    Everybody who has this Z11 Mini should try to watch 60min of a HD Youtube video to learn how many % the battery will lost!

    • VMortens
      June 21, 2016

      Really shocking what I’m reading here.
      Samsung’s Galaxy A5(6) has very similar SoC (SD616) and nearly identical battery (2900mAh) yet it’s efficiency is outstanding!
      Something tells us Nubia lacks optimisation biiig time.

  45. Santiago Boscolo
    January 23, 2017

    it’s a pity for the bactery!!! i love use the device all the day so i think i will buy the agm x1 . i think i will spend more but the device is better

  46. Santiago Boscolo
    January 23, 2017

    it’s a pity for the bactery!!! i love use the device all the day so i think i will buy the agm x1 . i think i will spend more but the device is better