Nubia launches Xiaomi Max killer with the Z11 Max


nubia z11 max

Earlier today ZTE spin-off brand Nubia, released their latest Z range phone the Nubia Z11 Max.

The newest Z phone is the Nubia Z11 Max and the newly launched phone clearly has the Xiaomi Max in its sights.

Sporting a big 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display with uber narrow 1.32mm bezels and the obligatory 2.5D curved display. The large panel is designed to give class leading media viewing, but Nubia have also been wise enough to incorporate a split screen function (Split Screen 2.0). There is also an interesting screen recording feature that allows you to add voiceovers for recording game walk throughs, tutorials etc.

nubia z11 max

Like the Z11 Mini, Nubia have worked on the camera hardware and given the Z11 Max a 16 mega-pixel rear camera with respectable F2.0 aperture. This should offer similar (excellent) performance as the Z11 Mini.

Processing comes form an octacore Snapdragon 652 chipset with 4GB RAM, there is 64GB of internal memory plus space for an SD card and dual SIM’s.

Nubia have launched the Silver and Gold versions of the Z11 Max today, but on the 16th June a limited edition Cristiano Ronaldo model will launch on the 16th June in limited numbers.

Hopefully we will get a chance to review this phone also, so keep posted for more Z11 Max news.

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33 Comments

  1. Ricardo Alonso
    June 7, 2016

    What’s the difference between Ronaldo edition and regular one?

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      June 7, 2016

      I believe ronaldo’s is for stupid people which want to pay more because of a football player name printed on it.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        June 8, 2016

        hey there .. im NOT rich and i would LOVE to get a CR7 version of the z11 phone ..
        coz.

        HALA MADRID !

        • Riccardo Benzoni
          June 8, 2016

          yes, you would love it if it would be free , not to pay even more version of regular version 😀

          • Muhammad Yasir
            June 8, 2016

            lol … just saying cos im a madridista 😀

    • MattD
      June 7, 2016

      From what I’ve heard, it should have ronaldo’s autograph printed on the back.
      Not to mention, it’s a dumb thing for stupid rich people, so it step into apple’s ground ?

      • Muhammad Yasir
        June 8, 2016

        but in NOT rich !

        • MattD
          June 8, 2016

          You’re not stupid either, but you probably won’t buy this anyway ?
          The line between “I’d like that” and “I’ll surely pay much more money for a player’s sign” is not so thin. Not to mention, it’s not like cr7 is going to actually autograph the phone, so you can take a motorola and make the same exact thing with moto maker, just saying.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            June 8, 2016

            lol true.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      June 8, 2016

      if ur a Cr7 fan or a madridista ,

      prepare to fork out more money for the CR7 version as it’ll have his custom wallpapers and other content relevant to CR7 in the phone.

  2. AbdulB1
    June 7, 2016

    battery?

    • Öysan Kulbay
      June 7, 2016

      4k

  3. Faress ElFarissi
    June 7, 2016

    Im disappointed of zte phones at all.

  4. James
    June 8, 2016

    It looks really nice and should be a decent performer.

    It seems they have diluted/differentiated the range more this time.

    Last year, the Max had the same processor as the flagship and NFC, which are both missing this time round (I am making the reasonable assumption that the Z11 will have an SD820 SoC).
    That said, unless you’re an avid gamer, I doubt there is much between the 652 and 820 in real world, day-to-day usage.

    Also, it’s a shame that they have moved to a hybrid dualSIM/microSD slot. That means I will probably have to stick with my current handset for now (it seems that phones where you can have your cake and eat it in that respect are drying up pretty quickly).

    I really like the look of the MI Max, I like the look of the Z11 Max more.
    The seperate WCD9335 codec chip (as per Galaxy S7) and amplifier is a big plus for me and the camera will be pretty great too – I’m fairly sure it’s probably as good/better that the MI5 in that department (same sensor, Nubia always seem to do a far better job with the software and implementation than others using the same sensor), so I would be surprised if the MI Max camera performed as well.

    I’m very much looking forward to seeing a full review. I hope they send you one Andi – maybe this could be your new daily driver?

  5. Muhammad Yasir
    June 8, 2016

    such violence
    much kill

  6. Jan ยาน
    June 8, 2016

    GOD DAMNED FUCKING SD65x phablets! Why is NO SINGLE OEM releasing a 6 incher with top-noch specs like SD820???? I’m so tired of waiting for a flagship 6 inch phone. We only get SD610 LeEco Max, Huawei Mate 8 with a boring HiSilicon Kirin 950 and not even 4K recording, the Xiaomi Mi Max with a SD65x and all of them even don’t sport 2K screens. Even my 1.5 year old Mi Note Pro has a 2K screen! I’m so pissed, sorry.

    • Jurica Dragicevic
      June 8, 2016

      also have mi note pro 🙂 and very satisfied with this phone in every single way except battery,but that is not big probl for me…you are right, there is no right competition in smarthones-phablets sector today…

      • Jan ยาน
        June 8, 2016

        Yes, the plus side:
        – Blazing fast
        – Good camera
        – Slick, slim design
        – Cheap

        But what I’m looking for now, that the Mi Note Pro doesn’t provide:
        – Fingerprint
        – NFC
        – Bigger screen (6 inch)
        – Bigger battery (the Note Pro 3052mAh battery is empty faster than a free bottle of vodka in Russia)

        • Jurica Dragicevic
          June 8, 2016

          well,you are right, on next gen mi note i want fingerprint, micro sd, and better battery 🙂 ofc that includes newer gen processor and camera…
          i dont use nfc, and for me 5,7″ is upper limit…
          despite all disadvantages i really like this phone,it’s very clean and simple.

    • balcobomber25
      June 8, 2016

      Is there something specific you need the SD820 for that the SD650 can’t handle?

      • June 8, 2016

        he just wants in to be a flagship. no reason to want it for anything different than the “non-Max” buyers want SD820s…

        I share his frustration that there aren’t any good choices for a 6+” phone with 2K screen and top speed processor. It was very disappointing that LeEco flaked and reneged on making their SD820 based Max Pro.

        • balcobomber25
          June 8, 2016

          I agree 6+ phones should have a 2k screen that is where you really start to notice the difference but you don’t need a SD820 for a 2k screen, the 650 supports it. And the 650 can do just about everything the 820 can.

          • Jan ยาน
            June 8, 2016

            Maybe it can compete for you. But not for me:

            – No Cat 12 LTE (my data plan is unlimited and the network allows LTE+)
            – No USB-3, did you ever transfer a 10gb 4K video over USB2? Good luck

            And why I’m generally pissed is, that there is currently no 6 inch smartphone with:
            – at least 2K screen
            – at least 4000mAh
            – fingerprint
            – dual sim
            – 4k video recording capability

      • Jan ยาน
        June 8, 2016

        Various things where the SD820 has significant advantages. At least I’m not buying a smartphone with even worse specs than my current:

        – 14nm process = less heat, less energy consumption (vs 28nm, even my “old” SD810 is 20nm and thus better!)
        – USB3 = much faster file transfers to my PC (vs USB2)
        – LTE Cat. 12 = faster 4G speed (vs. cat. 7)
        – 136’000 Antutu Points = Faster app start/JIT compilation (vs. 79’600, which is even less than my “old” SD820 with 80’000)

        Sources:
        http://www.androidauthority.com/snapdragon-652-vs-802-whats-difference-686684/
        http://www.phonearena.com/news/Which-chipset-is-ranked-number-one-by-AnTuTu-the-Apple-A9-or-the-Snapdragon-820_id79047

        • balcobomber25
          June 8, 2016

          Antutu tells you how big of a random number a device gets, it tells next to nothing about actual real world performance. And I lost you at SD810 having less heat than something.

          • Jan ยาน
            June 8, 2016

            It’s not a random number, it’s repeatable and empiric. Same device generates same numbers. It’s not a total real world performance but it’s a hint.
            SD810 produces a lot of heat. I never said the opposite. Read my parenthesis again. I was just comparing the process size of the SD650 with the SD810, not the thermal discharge.
            The SD820 has less thermal discharge per V than the 652, it’s more energy efficient.

            • balcobomber25
              June 8, 2016

              It is a random number in the grand scheme things. And it’s actually it’s not always repeatable as the on several phones the numbers will change no matter how many times you run it. The problem with Antutu is you can have two phones with drastically different scores that perform the same in real life, and on the flip side you can have phones with lower scores that outperform phones with higher scores. It tells very little about real world usage. Also with each new iteration Antutu the scores get bigger making older results worthless.

              Here is your exact quote in () “vs 28nm, even my “old” SD810 is 20nm and thus better!”. You imply with this sentence that because the SD810 is built on 20nm it is better and more efficient than the 652. It is not, the SD810 is one of the most inefficient chips ever made and has had severe issues with thermal discharge. Process size isn’t everything the 810 proves that.

  7. balcobomber25
    June 8, 2016

    Looks so much better than the Xiaomi.

    • June 8, 2016

      Only on hardware, not the software. and both are eclipsed by the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra. If you’re willing to go “down” to 5.7″ the Zenfone 3 Deluxe will come in a faster SD823 version as well.

      • balcobomber25
        June 8, 2016

        I have no need for a SD823 and I’ve never been a huge fan of Asus phones.

      • James
        June 8, 2016

        Have to agree with balco. Also disagree with you on the software – my basis for this is that I bought my Dad a Redmi Note 3 Pro, my better half now uses a Redmi Note 2 Prime (previously has Z9 Mini, 2 of, before drowning them) and I run a Z9 Max as my day-to-day. I’ve spent significant time with them all, flashed newer factory firmware on them all and both Katie and I think the Nubia ROM is nicer to use and more polished than the MIUI. But, that is my/our opinion. Granted, older Nubia software has been pretty bad, the Z7 I bought my Dad was a nightmare and the phone packed up anyway (hence the Note 3 Pro!).

  8. zupatami
    June 9, 2016

    It will be killer if MIUI will be falshed =)
    Type “MIUI Tweaks” in play store to find great customization!

  9. Jayson Wayne
    June 11, 2016

    The Z11 Mini with a S617 and 2900mAh battery has a poor battery life! Impossible to stand all the day for a normal user (it means someone who doesn’t play games).

    So the Z11 Maw even though it has 4000mAh will probably have the same issue… a lack of battery life!

    For sure Nubia didn’t do a great job after the awesome Z9!