4 Selling Points of Nubia Z17: Worthy Rival to Xiaomi Mi 6

Yesterday Nubia held a special conference, where the manufacturer unveiled its next-level flagship dubbed as the Nubia Z17. We have already managed to take our hands on its sibling announced a few months back, and now it’s the right time to take a closer look at the original Z17. This is the third borderless smartphone of this company, and it’s assumed not much should be changed in it in comparison to the previous models. That’s why when looking at it we are wondering whether it is the same Nubia Z11 or not. To answer this question and many others let’s take a quick peek at its design elements and key features.

Nubia Z17

Nubia Z17 Specs List

  • CPU: Snapdragon 835
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB RAM (DDR4X)
  • Storage: 64GB / 128GB (UFS 2.1)
  • Screen size: 5.5-inch Full HD LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 403PPI
  • Rear camera: 13MP+12MP with 2x double zoom and full pixel dual-core focus
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3200mAh supporting QC 4+ fast charge
  • Mobile network: dual SIM, entire network
  • OS: Nubia UI 5.0 (based on android 7.0 custom development)
  • Colors: Black Gold, Soft Gold, Black, Blue, Red
  • Dimensions: 152.66 × 72.38 × 7.6mm

    1) All-metal Unibody Design

Though both phones (the Nubia Z17 and Z11) look identical, they differ much when turning to the back. The dimensions are identical to the Z11 as well. But it doesn’t mean the front panel has been left the same. Say, the position of the selfie shooter as well as the proximity sensor is changed a little. Thus we can state the main changes have been made for the rear panel.

Nubia Z17

Unlike the previous models the Nubia Z17 comes with an all-metal unibody. Moreover, it continues the traditions started from the M2 and the main camera modules are located horizontally. In comparison to the Nubia Z17 mini camera, the flash light is moved from left to the right. The fingerprint reader is still on the back.

Nubia Z17

As for antenna ribbons, the one is located on the top and it’s invisible if not looking too attentively. The same is not true for the lower part.

Nubia Z17

The Nubia Z17 joins the club called ‘3.5mm audio hack cancelled handsets’. Thus it wants to compete with top models such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi Mi 6. It’s quite reasonable, as the both devices are powered with a Snapdragon 835 chip like this handset. Well, thanks to the lack of a headphone jack and a few other improvements the Nubia Z17 has become waterproof.

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2) Borderless Screen

Another thing, the Nubia Z17’s selling point is its borderless screen. But unlike its main rivals this phone has a flat front panel that makes it look less attractive.

Nubia Z17

Nubia uses the frame interactive technology starting from the Z9, and we know it allows us to use the edges of the screen to operate on it. Though it differs from the smartphones with curved screens, this technology is still very useful. You only have to slide to open a shortcut bar and select any tool from it.

Nubia Z17

Thanks to ‘edges gestures’ you can implement various functions such as slid down to view the apps running on the background, slide from the edge to clean up the background, bilateral sliding can adjust the brightness, double tap will get you to the previous status and so on.

Nubia Z17

3) Dual-Camera

The next enhancement of the Nubia Z17 that is also its third selling point is the dual-camera on the back. It uses a 23MP and 12MP sensors with model numbers of IMX318 and IMX362, respectively. This camera comes with an f/1.8 aperture, 1.4um single pixel area, full pixel dual-core focus and 2x dual-zoom. Although we have to state this is not the best imaging effect we have ever seen. I mean though the Nubia Z17 sports a dual-camera, its shooting performance still yields the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Huawei P10.

Nubia Z17

4) 8GB RAM

The fourth selling point of the Nubia Z17 is the running memory. Probably, this is the first 8GB RAM handset in the world paired with Snapdragon 835. Though many say memories higher than 6GB are useless, I guess this is not the case.

Nubia Z17

Nubia Z17 releases with three variants:

  • Standard Edition (6GB+64GB) for 2799 Yuan ($441)
  • Higher Edition (6GB+128GB+Black Gold) for 3399 Yuan ($499)
  • Exclusive Edition (8GB+128GB) for 3999 Yuan ($588)

The pre-sales have begun already, but the shipping will start on June 6.


Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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  1. YES, the Nubia Z17 is a worthy rival to the Mi6. As the article stated, among the other high-end specs, it is the world’s first SD835 with an 8GB RAM. Okay there’s the Asus Zenfone AR, etc, with 8GB RAM as well but with the SD821. Then, another word’s first, is the Quick Charge 4.0, in fact it’s not even included in my S8. So in other words, really well done and definitely keep it, because the Z17 is really promising. And it will definitely give a run for the money to all the top flagships (& killers). Such as: S8 duo, XZ Premium, G6, U11, P10 duo, Mi6, etc. And even to the upcomers (flagships/killers) such as: OnePlus 5, and (hopefully) a/the ZTE Axon 8. It will be really tough and extremely interesting to see who/which will finally be the best flagship of all, or/and the best flagship killer, and so the best value for money phone of 2017.

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