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ZTE Nubia N2 vs Huawei Y7: two sub-$250 smartphones that offer good value


ZTE Nubia N2 and Huawei Y7 are two 5.5-inch smartphones that seem to offer good value for money. Let’s check them out, shall we?

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ZTE Nubia has established few lineups already, namely M, X, Prague and their best-selling Z series. To have a new lineup called the N-series might confuse a lot of people, but here you go then with Nubia N2:

  • 5.5-inch HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~267 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6750 chipset, Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T860MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB maximum
  • DTS sound
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2017 release date
  • $15,999 Indian Rupee or ~$249 USD price tag

For starters, Nubia N2 only sports a High Definition resolution on its 5.5-inch AMOLED screen. We believed that at this price range, any smartphone with a 5.5-inch screen and higher; deserves at least a Full HD resolution. A fingerprint sensor is there to serve all your biometric purposes.

Moving on to its performance, here’s where you would find the Nubia N2 in the mid-range of things with its MT6750 chipset, a conventional octa-core processor, good graphics and a massive 4GB RAM. It runs most apps and games without any hiccups and is also good at multitasking.

Perhaps one of its biggest cheer is on its camera setup. The Nubia N2 comes with a good 13MP primary camera with PDAF and LED flash, and an even greater 16MP selfie camera. Your photos will look good, but your selfies will look even better. 

For those who love listening to songs and watching movies on their smartphone, you will enjoy doing it on the Nubia N2. With DTS sound, it will be music to your ears.

Huge 64GB of internal storage ensures that you can install all your favourite apps and games, and take it with you on your photo-taking adventure. Need more space? Just pop in a microSD card, and you can easily add another 128GB of space.

To top it all, a large 5000 mAh battery is available that can probably last you for up to two days in between charging. Not only that, the fast battery charging feature will ensure you need minimal time to get it up to 100%.

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The Y-series may have been forgotten in Huawei’s stable because it has been almost two years without any updates. Then out of the blue, comes the Y7 with the following specs:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~267 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • July 2017 release date
  • $245 USD price tag

And just like its competitor for today, Y7 also sports a 5.5-inch screen with the same High Definition resolution. A pity for its lack of Full HD on this IPS setup. But at least there’s a metal body and 2.5D curved glass which makes for a great look and feel smartphone.

In term of performance, the Y7 might be able to provide a decent level of performance with its Snapdragon 435 chipset, a decent octa-core processor, decent graphics and with just 2GB RAM. It might struggle to keep up if you are running multitasking and demanding apps and games might just slow it down a bit.

Camera-wise, a good 12MP-8MP camera setup makes for some good camera moments with the Y7. Nothing to shout about, and not too shabby at all.

With just 16GB of internal storage space, and mostly been taken up by internal apps – you will find that it won’t be enough at all. Thankfully, there’s a microSD expansion slot that you can put in an additional 128GB of space.

Moving on to its battery, an impressive 4000 mAh battery allows for at least a full day of usage without any interruption.

If there’s one clear advantage that the Y7 have, is its running the latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system right off the bat. All the latest enhancements, features and functions are in your grasp.

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ZTE Nubia N2 is positioned as a mid-range smartphone and it delivers on its promise, although not everything is fine and dandy with this device. Good hardware, great camera, great storage, great sound and a huge battery is slightly brought down by its High Definition resolution and a dated OS to boot.

ZTE Nubia N2 was released back in June 2017 for approximately $15,999 Indian Rupee or ~$249 USD. You can choose either Black Gold or Champagne Gold colour.

Huawei Y7 is long overdue, although it might not be worth the wait. Great metal body, good looks with its 2.5D curved glass and the latest Nougat OS is countered by its HD resolution, entry-level hardware and just 16GB of internal storage.

Huawei Y7 had just been released last month in July 2017 for approximately $245 USD and is available in Grey/Prestige and Gold/Silver colour.

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