Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone 2018?

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

Today, we have Nubia Z18 MINI in our review which was officially launched in late April.

Also, it has not even been released 1 year after the Z17 MINI – is thus almost the successor of the successor and this time even offers a dual camera and of course all LTE frequencies including the band 20.

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $415.97

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $415.97

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $333.85

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $333.85

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Whether the update of the upgrade is worth its money, you will learn in the review. First, let’s find out the main specs of Nubia Z18 MINI.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Specifications

Nubia Z18 MINI: Specs
Display: 5.7 inches with 1920 x 2160 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz
GPU: Adreno 512
RAM: 6GB
Internal memory: 64/128GB
Cameras: 24.0MP + 5.0MP main and 8MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS
Battery: 3450mAh (5V/2A) (Quick Charge 3.0)
OS: Android 8.0
Connections: USB Type-C and TF card slot
Weight: 153 grams
Dimensions: 148.0 x 70.6 x 7.6mm
Price: $415

Nubia Z18 MINI: Unboxing and Packaging

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The Nubia Z18 MINI continues the tradition of a noble packaging of its predecessor.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The cardboard is again in matte white with the well-known mix lettering on the top.

As with its predecessor, the Z18 MINI comes with a USB Type C cable, a Chinese power supply, the SIM Eject tool and a plastic case.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Design and Appearance

Compared to its predecessor, it even managed to get the Nubia Z18 MINI in our analisis even more compact. The dimensions are now 148.0 x 70.6 x 7.6mm with a weight of 153 grams.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The front side almost completely occupies the display glass, at the top and at the sides there is a minimal – barely visible edge which at the same time again houses the lens of the front camera.

Here Nubia remains true to its line of the Z series and does not obscure any ugly Notch, like many other manufacturers and impressively shows that it works without it.

The Nubia Z18 MINI again has a full glass back and a metal frame on the sides. Despite the large display area, this ensures sufficient stability and feel, despite the rather heavyweight.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The glass has the disadvantage that the back side is slightly slipperier and might splinter in a fall.

On the right side of the device are the volume control and power buttons. The buttons themselves are also made of metal have a very good pressure point and do not wobble.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

On the left side is the dual SIM card slot for two Nano SIMs. On the bottom, there is the USB 3.0 Type-C connector, the hole for the microphone, the mono speaker, and 3.5mm audio jack.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The lenses of the dual camera of the Nubia Z18 MINI are placed below each other and next to the lenses is the LED flash.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The camera is covered with a red rim but stands out somewhat from the case. Too bad that you can not do it in the Z series plan with the housing.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

In the middle is the fingerprint sensor, which is exactly at the right height. The Z18 MINI supports but now also alternatively the Face-Unlock feature.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Display

Of course, the Nubia Z18 MINI again has a terrific display-margin ratio, more precisely, it is 80.2 percent. And the display of the device is for me still just nice to look at.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The display has an IPS-LCD panel with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (424ppi). Like all current flagships, the Z18 MINI in our test has an 18: 9 format.

The display is, as usual from Nubia, crystal clear and razor sharp. I could not detect any pixel errors or a blur.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The illumination is also at the highest level. Capacitive keys are not there anymore and you have to be satisfied with pure on-screen buttons.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

Of course, something of the grandiose display-edge ratio is lost. If you want, you can hide the buttons automatically and display them again by swiping.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Hardware and Performance

An update has also missed the Nubia Z18 MINI in the processor because here works only the current Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core with 4x 2.2GHz GHz Kryo 260 and 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 cores.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The graphics unit is the Adreno 512 GPU. This is not compared to the predecessor with SD835 in the AnTuTu benchmark already a jump from about 140,000.

Performance is full and the Z18 MINI does nothing to stutter or stutter. Paired with the fast internal UFS 2.1 memory and 6GB LPDDR4 RAM you are probably well equipped for several years.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

Even demanding games like PUBG MOBILE, Asphalt Extreme, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Real Racing 3 or GTA San Andreas run smoothly on highest resolution and without any jerks.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Network and Voice Quality

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The voice quality of the Nubia Z18 MINI in the review is excellent during a phone call – I and my interlocutors were always able to understand me very well in the test. Like the predecessor, the Mi Mix 2s supports all LTE networks with us.

Network standards:
2G: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/B20

Nubia Z18 MINI: Connectivity

Connectivity does not have to be compromised with the Z18 MINI and supports everything the hardware market currently offers, such as dual-band WLAN module with MU-MIMO and the WiFi standards 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

This theoretically transfers up to 1.5 gigabits per second are possible. There are also Micracast, DLNA, and Wifi-Direct.

Even with Bluetooth, there is the current 5.0 standard and an NFC chip is of course also installed.

The transmission speed and range were always very high in my test and without problems. The GPS module works perfectly with GPS + GLONASS, AGPS, Beidou and the GPS fix is done after about 1 second.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Camera

The biggest change of the Nubia Z18 MINI in the analisis is with the camera. So there is now a 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture + a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.4.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The sensor is responsible for the main shots and the second sensor serves as a telephoto lens.

The PDAF Auto Focus works very fast and reliable when focusing. Even with macro shots, many details can still be seen, which is still not every smartphone camera of the upper class creates.

The Z18 MINI also relies on an optical image stabilizer with 4 axes instead of an electronic image stabilizer.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

Something I have to reprimand Nubia, however, for the front camera, because that is not really the flagship worthy. The unspecified sensor resolves with 8 megapixels and has a f/2.0 aperture.

As usual with the Z series, the lens is back on the bottom and the device is turned upside down to take a selfie.

The pictures are blurry, slightly noisy and slightly over-exposed. Thus, all the dynamics and brilliance flutes here.

Maybe the decision for the lens has been made because of space problems on the bottom but is not acceptable for such a device. Who makes little or no selfies, should probably cope with it.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Battery

The Nubia Z18 MINI, like its predecessor, has a battery capacity of 3450mAh and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

The charger delivers constant 2A/5V but has only Chinese connections and needs as always an adapter from CN to EU.

You still have to wait for the next standard Quick Charge 4.0, which is not dramatic either, because the Z18 MINI also charges very fast with QC3.0.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

As with its predecessor, it is about 50 percent in just over 25 minutes and fully charged again in about 1.30 hours. Also new is that for the first time you can charge the Z18 MINI wirelessly (QI / Wireless Charging), the recharge time increases accordingly.

According to the synthetic PCMark battery benchmark, the Z18 MINI achieved just under 7 hours of display on-time and Geekbench 4 just over 6 hours of battery life.

Overall, quite acceptable times but not groundbreaking. In reality, depending on the application and benefits, it will take you about 5-6 hours.

Although it is no longer a runner, most users should bring loose over the day and leave up to 1.5 days with a load.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Conclusions and Reviews

As the owner of the predecessor, which was just introduced 1 year ago, one wonders, of course, rightly, which is why with the Nubia Z18 MINI so quickly brought out an improved version.

Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone with Low Price 2018

I can not fully understand that on the part of Nubia either, but the new version has its improvements, whether this is crucial for you, you have to decide for yourself.

The differences in performance with the Snapdragon 660 processor compared to the 652’s should only be marginal.

Otherwise, you get with the Nubia Z18 MINI a good update in our review, nothing more and nothing less.

The battery life is better than many other devices here, although it is not among the best. Compared to other flagship but the price-performance ratio is still very good and especially if you are keen on the camera upgrade worth a purchase then.

Nubia Z18 MINI: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

At the moment, you can already buy new phone Nubia Z18 MINI at a good and attractive price for only $415.97. This is a good price for an awesome true phone with the new Snapdragon 660 processor in 2018.

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $415.97

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $415.97

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $333.85

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nubia Z18 MINI 4G Phablet International Version

Price: $333.85

5.7 inch with 2160 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3450mAh, Android 8.0, Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

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Nubia Z18 MINI Review: What is it Attractive in Phone 2018? was last modified: April 28th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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