Nubia Z17 Mini: Dual Camera for Exquisite Photos

Z17 Mini is another great smartphone from Nubia, this time designed for photographers and self-made Instagram stars. Let’s see what you can expect from Z17 and consider its features.

Display & Performance

Despite its name, it’s not a “mini” phone. It has 5.2 inches screen, which is the same size as newest Xiaomi Mi6 and can display in Full HD 1920 x 1080 px resolution. It is protected by 2.5D curved glass and has glossy chamfered edges.

Z17 Mini is based on 64-bit octacore Qualcomm 652 CPU and has 4 GB RAM, which means excellent performance for multimedia, website browsing, gaming and any other jobs, even in multitasking. It runs on system based on Android 6.0 which isn’t newest iteration of this OS, however it performs very well and will give you access to most apps, which is especially good since you have 64 GB internal memory and can expand it through SD card up 200 GB. Good overall performance is improved even more by fast and fluid NubiaUI that has a lot of useful functions like split screen, Super Screenshot and incoming calls suspension.

nubia z17 performance


This is where Z17 Mini really shines. It was designed as a photography smartphone and it can capture high quality pictures, with rich colours and great details. Dual camera is still not a common feature in most phones, especially in the middle-price niche and it consists of two 13.0 MP rear cameras. One camera is a standard RGB camera, while at the same time the other one captures only monochrome photography.  Pictures from two lenses are automatically merged and processed and final results are much crispier details and enhanced field of depth. This allows for hardware bokeh, which is photography effect that produces very clear portrait with blurred background. Blur level can be adjusted in camera settings in 16 degrees. You can do software bokeh on normal photography by applying filters to standard image, however final effect will be nowhere near as good, as the one taken from dual camera. If you always wanted to do artistic photography, just shot it with Z17 Mini – it’s very easy!

Photos can be further enhanced by using Beauty Mode functions or by Time Shuttle Camera mode that basically does a series of snapshots and merges it into one picture. Another cool feature that is possible only in dual camera smartphones is refocusing and blur adjusting after the photo is taken. Lens is protected by sapphire glass, which is hard scratch resistant coating, used also in iPhones. 16.0 MP front camera is also extraordinarily good and can make very nice selfies, though it has only Screen Fill Light instead of normal flash, so pictures made in low light won’t be as good as those taken through rear camera.

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Design & Battery

Non-removable 2950 mAh battery isn’t the strongest that you can find nowadays in a phones, however paired with power-efficient Qualcomm processor and Nubias Neo Power Technology it can withstand up to 2 days normal use, so it’s pretty much standard for a large screen smartphones.

When it comes to overall look, Nubia designers made very good job copying best solutions from various manufacturers. Apart from 2.5D glass you will find here rounded edges and metal unibody cover, which is sandblasted with extreme fine zircon sand, giving it nice gloss. It’s also very slim phone – just 7,45 mm thickness makes it a premium looking device.

nubia z17 mini design

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Feature Specs
Display 5.2 inch FHD 2.5D Arc screen,
CPU Snapdragon 652 ( MSM 8976 ) Octa-core 4 x A72 + 4 x A53 1.8GHz, 64-bit
GPU Adreno 510
Rear Camera 13.0MP + 13.0MP with AF and flashlight
Front Camera 16.0MP
Bluetooth 4.2
Navigation GPS, Beidou, GLONASS
Sensor Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor
SIM Cards Dual SIM dual standby, Nano SIM + Nano SIM cards
Battery Capacity 2950 mAh
Weight 155 g
Size 14.67 x 7.25 x 0.75 cm


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  • Excellent rear dual camera and very good front camera
  • Good overall performance for any task
  • Great finish and 2.5D glass gives it premium look
  • Similar capabilities to top tier smartphone brands for half of their price

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  • No front camera flash – harder to make good selfies in low light
  • Battery could be a bit better


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