We took a quick look at what the Chinese brand Nubia had out at MWC 2018 and got a couple of shots of the Z17S. It had some interesting hardware choices and was certainly an item of experimentation that we like to see.
Well, it turns out that it wouldn’t take long to get an update to the series. We now have the Z18 mini, one of the rare phones to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor. The device also features a 24-megapixel main camera with a 5-megapixel assisting sensor for low-light and bokeh prowess. And, like any other manufacturer these days, there’s AI in the photo processing — a dedicated imaging chip helps things out.
You can check out the other specs above, but they seem to meld together very nicely, especially at the price given.
The phone also features a headphone jack connected to a Texas Instruments TAS2555 amplifier for some audio lovin’ as well as Bluetooth 5. There’s USB-C and a fingerprint sensor, but no facial recognition feature that everyone’s making a big deal about these days in the wake of the iPhone X’s Face ID (which we can honestly give or take).
The Z18 Mini comes in violet, pink, cyan, black and white. Allotted pre-sale units sold out today and first shipments take place on April 19. The 64GB model costs ¥1,799 ($284) and the 128GB version ¥2,099 ($335). The violet “Limited Provence Edition” costs ¥2,199 ($351).