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ZTE Nubia Z18: brilliant 5.99-inch flagship with Snapdragon 845, dual 16MP-24MP primary camera that starts from $400 USD

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Looking to own a flagship smartphone in 2018 without breaking the bank? ZTE Nubia Z18 might be the answer that you are looking for.

But did you know that it has a ‘Mini’ sibling? Here’s to the Nubia Z18 Mini:

  • 5.7-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~424 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 24MP (f/1.7 aperture) + 5MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm)
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3450 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • April 2018 release date
  • 1,799 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 285 for 64GB internal storage and 2,099 Chinese Yuan or ~$330 for 128GB internal storage

The Nubia Z18 Mini is not your typical ‘Mini’ smartphone that is like the rest. Featuring a large 5.7-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen with Fullview display, great mid-range performance with 6GB RAM, great dual 24MP+5MP primary camera, large battery capacity and the latest OS makes for a great combination. To top it all off, the price is very affordable.

With that in mind, let’s do a check on the Nubia Z18 for now:

  • 5.99-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio and ~403 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.65 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor, Adreno 630 graphics and 6GB/8GB RAM
  • Dual 24MP primary camera with f/1.6 aperture, OIS and dual pixel PDAF + 16MP with f/1.6 aperture, AF, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR and panorama
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and HDR
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3450 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 2018 release date
  • 2,799 Chinese Yuan or ~400 USD for the 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variant, 3,299 Chinese Yuan or ~$470 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant

There’s a huge price difference between the two, but the Nubia Z18 does bring with it some notable advantages.

Starting with the obvious, it now packs a larger 5.99-inch screen with the same LTPS IPS technology on it.

But the most crucial part of it, is how the Nubia Z18 is not a high-end flagship; thanks to its Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with the Kryo octa-core processor, high-end Adreno 630 graphics and with a choice to go all the way up to 8GB of memory.

Thirdly, the dual 24MP+16MP primary camera is simply amazing. Coupled with the Optical Image Stabilization, dual-LED dual-tone flash and everything else thrown in; makes the Nubia Z18 a formidable point-and-shoot camera.

Perhaps a couple of small dents on its armor, is the fact that it only comes with a 3450 mAh battery capacity; and no option for storage expansion.

Conclusion:

ZTE Nubia Z18 is an affordable flagship smartphone, there’s no denying that fact. Blessed with deliciously great looks, a great 5.99-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen, top-of-the-line performance and an amazing dual 24MP+16MP primary camera.

The ZTE Nubia Z18 had just been released for 2,799 Chinese Yuan or ~400 USD for the 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage option or 3,299 Chinese Yuan or ~$470 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage option. There are 3 choices available on colors, namely Black, Red and Stary Night.

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