ZTE Nubia Z17 mini Review, Full Phone Specifications, Current Price, and Conclusion

ZTE Nubia Z17 mini 

Introduction: –

Hello, Guys! Welcome back, Today, I’m going to take a look at ZTE Nubia Z17 Mini review. Nubia may be relatively a brand relatively less known in India but it is a big brand in China. And Nubia has been quietly introducing Mobiles in India. The Z17 mini brings in style performance and imaging capabilities to the table price 19,999 rupees and 274 dollars. Let’s get started-

Design: –

nubia z17 mini design

With mobile designs becoming uninspiring these days only a handful of mobile stand out in the crowd. The Z17 Mini is one such mobile. It has a very comfortable form factor. The Z17 mini has a 5.2-inch display, 155 grams in light and just 7.5 mm thin. It is very comfortable to hold and handle. The metal body with diamond cut edges and the curved corners around the edge looks elegant. I like the black variant more than the gold. The black Z17 mini has gold accents and red rims on the camera. The mobile is a style statement for sure at the bottom you would find the USB-C port with speaker and mic.

The top has the 3.5mm headphone jack and noise-cancelling mic. The right side has the power and volume button. The left has the hybrid SIM slot, the front has the 2.5D curved display glass protected by corning gorilla glass of an unspecified version. The home button at the centre as a breathing light effect and it acts as a notification light as well. I personally love the breathing home-light effect. The back and many keys are mildly backlit with a dot and their orientation can be reversed. The backlighting is weak and almost invisible but you get used to the location of the buttons over the time. A very sensible design and ergonomic mobile. The Z17 mini is impressive from all angles.

Display: –

Nubia Z17 mini display

The Z17 mini has a 5.2-inch IPS LCD panel with full HD 1080p support. The display is bright indoors and as good viewing angles. The colours are natural but the contrast levels are just average. The proximity sensor is kind of slow to respond and change. The brightness under direct sunlight legibility is a bit difficult. The 2.5D curved glass around the edges gives the display a premium feel.

Camera: –

nubia z17 mini camera

If you are using the Mobile indoors most of the time then you’ll find The Z17 Mini’s display pleasing camera is a key highlight on this Z17 mini. It has a 13-megapixel Dual Camera arrangement at the back. One 13-megapixel sensor shoots RGB colour information while the other is for black and white. It is capable of shooting 4K videos and 1080p videos at 60 frames per second. The lenses are protected by the sapphire glass for scratch resistance. The front camera is a 16-megapixel sensor with F/2.0 lens. It is capable of shooting 1080p videos.

The camera UI is inspired from iOS but it has a lot of functions. The Nubia calls with the Neovision 6.0 UI has portrait multiplex shots portraits with bokeh in the background. The manual or the Pro-Mode can be used to get full control over a shot. The camera family has about 16 more to get a creativity on the goal. The multi-exposure can click creative picture for exposing and controlling the exposure of multiple frames in one shot. The light draw is for like painting the electronic aperture is like the portrait mode but it not only controls the aperture. It also controls other parameters like shutter speed.

It is basically Pro-Mode fused into portrait mode. You get some creative modes like the clone time-lapse, Slo-Mo videos, Panoramic shots, Monochrome shots. With all these modes you can keep churning out creative photos without a much effort but a basic knowledge of photography with help you get a nice chart. The quality of photos are good on the Z17 mini focusing is fast but accuracy is a good. The colours are bright and natural, exposure is perfect it’s like sharpness and details to match my expectation. The low light shots capture details but have a bit of noise. The Dual camera setup is not doing anything special here. The black and white mode lacks the contrast but in this price range, this is the best camera with a dual sensor arrangement.

Performance: –

nubia z17 mini performance

This standard edition of Nubia Z17 Mini that is available in India. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with Adreno 510 GPU. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage memory is expandable with the Hybrid SIM slot. The speakers are loud enough. It has all the usual set of sensors including Gyro, Magnetometer. It also has NFC. The fingerprint sensor is at the back and it is fast and accurate. While some claim that the processor is old I would say that it is implemented well on the Z17 mini.

The mobile handles the UI apps and games with grace. There is no lag in the UI frames drops in high-end games or videos. The graphics rendering quality is also decent. The Mobile does heat up to 68 degrees on continuous usage of gaming or camera. Nevertheless, the mobile has an impressive performance and would meet all your needs.

Software: –

The Nubia Z17 mini runs on Android 6.0 with Nubia UI. The user experience from the Nubia UI is pretty good. The UI is fast and feels like a light. It has a whole bunch of useful features, scattered and buried at multiple places. The edge feature is one of the innovative features that could redefine gesture based navigation and Android mobiles. When enabled this feature lets you navigate back and forth between application clear or open application adjust screen brightness etc. it does not have any bloatware. The Nubia UI is nimble and sensible.

Battery: –

The Z17 mini is powered by 2950 mAh battery sealed in the body. Snapdragon 652 is not known for its power efficiency. Z17 mini has a 5.2-inch display, 1080p resolution and it the mobile gives me about 2-3 hours of screen on time. On continuous video loop test the mobile lasted for about 6 hours from 90% to 20% on my typical usage the mobile lasted for about a day. It does not support fast charging but it gets fully charged in about 2 hours.

Conclusion: –

So, the Z17 mini is priced at Rupees 20,000 or 270 dollars. At this price, you get stylish mobile with premium build quality, creative camera features, stable and sensible UI and a performance beast. The Z17 mini is one of the best economically designed mobile. The Dual camera setup doesn’t convince on the need for a dual camera setup on this mobile. But at the end of the discussion, it gives you some amazing shots.

If you are into photography and allow to export the art of imaging. You will find the Nubia Z17 mini to be a treasure chest of creativity. If you are a serious mobile gamer, this mobile can satisfy you with its performance and if you would like to show off the mobile as a style statement the Nubia Z17 mini would be a head-turner for sure.

Indian Buyers Buy Now Price
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SPECs: –




  • Technology-  GSM/LTE/HSPA
  • SIM-  Dual SIM (Nano)
  • Launch-  2017, April
  • Dimensions-  146.7 x 72.5 x 7.5-mm
  • Weight-  155g
  • Type-  LTPS IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920p (424 PPI)
  • Size-  5.2-inch
  • Protection- Corning Gorilla Glass
  • nubia UI 4.0
  • Rear-  Dual 13-MP, F/2.2, PDAF, Dual-LED flash
  • Front-  16-MP, F/2.0, 1080p
  • Features-  1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 micron pixel size, geo-tagging, touch-focus, face detection, HDR
  • Video-  2160p@30fps
  • OS-  Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Chip-  Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
  • CPU-  Octa-Core Cortex-A53
  • GPU-  Adreno 510
  • Internal-  64GB/4GB RAM, 64GB/6GB RAM
  • External-  up tp 256GB (microSD)
  • Sensors-  Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • WLAN- Wi-Fi  802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi direct, Hotspot
  • USB-  Type-C 1.0 reversible
  • Bluetooth, GPS, NFC & Radio available
  • Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack available
  • DTS sound
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Li-Ion 2950 mAh