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ZTE finally unveils ultra-compact Nubia Z11 smartphone

Nubia Z11 to incorporate an almost border-less design with flagship specifications
Nubia Z11 to incorporate an almost border-less design with flagship specifications
The 5.5-inch smartphone will have narrow edges, USB Type-C, and a Snapdragon 820 SoC for about 340 Euros.

The Nubia Z11 Mini and Nubia Z11 Max finally have a proper middle ground now that the Nubia Z11 has been made official. Its high 76 percent screen-to-body ratio has resulted in an almost border-free design to make the Nubia Z11 one of the most compact smartphones for its screen size at 151.8 x 72.3 x 7.5 mm (the Sharp Aquos Crystal X is even smaller). It will pack a 3000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. ZTE's NeoPower power-saving measures promise up to 2.17 days of use. The FiT 2.0 technology allows for the narrow margins to be used for gesture controls as well. 

Other core specifications include:

  • 5.5-inch 2.5D FHD display w/ Gorilla Glass 3, 403 PPI
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
  • 4 or 8 GB RAM
  • 64 GB or 128 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD support
  • 16 MP Sony IMX298 f/2.0 camera w/ OIS and Phase Detection auto-focus (PDAF) rear camera + 8 MP front wide-angle (80 degrees) f/2.4 front camera
  • Dual-SIM (second SIM shared with MicroSD)
  • Dual-band WLAN 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC
  • USB Type-C, 3.5 mm audio

An additional feature is the inclusion of an AKM audio processor for Dolby 7.1 and DTS support and an integrated fingerprint sensor on the back. The manufacturer does not detail what speeds the USB port provides.

As is typical of many Chinese smartphones, supported LTE bands on the Nubia Z11 may not be compatible with all major regions. The device supports LTE band 7 while most regions in Europe are compatible with bands 8 and 20.

The 4 GB RAM/64 GB eMMC and 8 GB/128 GB eMMC versions will retail for 2500 Yuan (340 Euros) and 3500 Yuan (360 Euros), respectively.

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Alexander Fagot, 2016-07- 1 (Update: 2016-07- 2)
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