Nubia Z17 mini: Premium design

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Chinese handset manufacturer Nubia, backed by ZTE, on June 6 launched the Nubia Z17 mini smartphone, its first experiment with dual rear cameras. Priced at Rs 19,999, this dual-SIM smartphone is available exclusively on Amazon India.

Apart from interesting camera features, the Nubia Z17 mini also boasts a premium design philosophy, powerful innards and sleek metallic build.

Business Standard took the smartphone for a spin to see how it compares with other dual-rear-camera smartphones, and too gauge if it is a value proposition in its price segment. Here are our observations:


The black-gold themed Nubia Z17 mini looks good, and an accented use of red on the home button and around the camera rim at the rear adds to the aesthetics. This metal-clad smartphone looks premium and seems a delight to carry.

At the front, the smartphone sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080p) screen, covered with curved Gorilla Glass to protect against unwanted accidental scratches and drops. The screen is extended to the edges, so the bezels are limited.

At the back of the device, the smartphone sports in the middle a fingerprint sensor that is accented with a golden rim, which gives it a premium look. There are dual cameras placed horizontally at the top-left, and an LED flashlight.

The hybrid dual-SIM-cum-microSD card slot on the left side of the device is ejectable through a pin. Volume rockers and power on/off buttons are placed on the right. Even as there is nothing unusual in the overall design, the Nubia Z17 mini’s careful rendition gives the handset a premium feel.

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