Nubia Z9 Mini, the exclusive worldwide review of!

One of the terminals that most impressed us during 2014, and which we have carefully reviewed for you, is definitely the Nubia Z7 Mini.

Today we offer our exclusive review of his successor, the Nubia Z9 Mini, to assess whether we are faced with an efficient evolution of the previous model.


We thank first of all for sending this sample, available on the store with shipping fromItaly, 24 months of warranty and Italian assistance and above all with Italian languageGoogle Play Store pre-installed.

Nubia Z9 Mini, the review of!

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The full specifications of the Nubia Z9 Mini

The device subject of today's review is a terminal that, on paper, has a good level of hardware equipment. We find, in fact, the processor octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 with architecture a 64-bit, chipset that's on this Nubia Z9 Mini is flanked by one Adreno GPU 405, 2GB RAM, sufficient to push in multitasking, and a good amount of internal storage from 16GB fortunately, allocated in one single partition and that in any case it can be expanded thanks to the presence of the slot for micro SD.

141.3 x 69,8 x 8,2 mm for a total weight, battery from 2900 mAh not removable including, of 147 grams.

Il Nubia Z9 Mini it is also equipped with support dual SIM-dual stand-by (both Nano SIM), with compatibility to networks LTE 4G on both SIMs., between which you can make a hot switch via software.

Support for connectivity is completed by device specifications Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac, the Wi-Fi HotSpot, Bluetooth and GPS.

Nubia Z9 Mini: Design and structure


Il Nubia Z9 Mini is characterized by a design that vaguely recalls theHonor 6, but perhaps even more the series Z3 from Sony.

Although the lines of the terminal are not very original, the double glass (front and back), which we have noticed restrains conspicuously fingerprints, and the perimeter frame made of metal give a touch of quality and elegance to the device.

The handle is quite safe, despite the smooth back cover, above all thanks to the side frame which seems to improve the grip.


On the right side we find the single removable tray for the insertion of the two SIM cards, which, as already mentioned, are both in nano format and with support for 4G LTE connectivity.


On the left side we find both power button on / off and standby and the volume rocker.


At the top the 3,5 mm Jack and the second microphone.


On the lower edge the micro USB slot (MTP, PTP, OTG and for charging the device), the microphone and the system speaker.


In the back, characterized by a removable back cover made of glass and with a nice dot pattern, with the Nubia logo at the center of the body, we find the main camera with sensor Sony da XMUMX mega-pixel, with F / 16 aperture and single LED flash, characterized by the classic nubia red chromed ring.

Nubia Z9 Mini: 5 inch Full HD display


Il Nubia Z9 Mini mounts an IPS panel made by Sharp, with a resolution Full HD 1920 1080 pixels x for a density equal to 441PPI with glass protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The unit mounted on this device features a reproduction of the whole color range very faithful to reality, with the exception of only the black that, in the angled view, highlights the classic color change from IPS.

In general the clarity and brightness of the panel are excellent and also the light sensor seems to be quite reactive.

Nubia Z9 Mini: Software


On the devices of the new series Universal Z9 we find installed a new version of the Nubia UI, the owner ROM of Nubia, which reaches the version 2.8, on which, in reality, we do not find so many news, if not obviously the update to Android Lollipop 5.0 it's a reinterpretation in a more modern way of some parts of the interface.

La Nubia UI 2.8 is characterized by the absence of the app drawer and by the presence of some software features such as,App Profile, also reachable from Homescreen, with which it will be possible to manage the Pocket mode, ie the management of activation and deactivation of the display when we insert and / or extract the device from the pockets, that One-handed, the menu of Energy saving and Desktop mode, between classic and simplified, which will reduce the whole interface to the bone, with very large icons and therefore oriented towards accessibility.

There is also a mode "multiwindows"Called Screen division that allows us to split the screen in two and, therefore, view two different contents at the same time. A great productivity feature, albeit perhaps poco functional on a device with display "alone" 5 inches.

There are also features related to the management of the appropriate book covers, the possibility of reverse the keys forward and backward, The classic touch gesture such as double tap to wake up the device and the smart sensing such as automatic response when we bring the device closer to the ear, etc.

In general the ROM installed on the device it runs very well, even if it seems to be a bit immature from the point of view of stability. In fact, we encountered some small blocking of applications. The user experience is, however, already very good and can only be refined in the next system updates, with which, we hope, the Italian language could be inserted (currently only Chinese and English are present).

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Nubia Z9 Mini: Performance and benchmarks

The hardware specifications of the Nubia Z9 Mini allow the device to achieve excellent results in the benchmark tests. The SoC octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Adreno GPU 405 and 2GB RAM guarantee fluidity and good performance in all areas of use. Below are the results obtained by Nubia Z9 Mini in the various benchmark tests performed.

Both in the execution of the benchmark tests and in the gaming activities, the device, while warming up, does not seem to reach too high temperatures.

Nubia Z9 Mini Antutu Benchmark

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Here are all the other scores obtained from Nubia Z9 Mini in the various benchmark tests:

Nubia Z9 Mini: Real Racing 3 gaming test

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La Adreno GPU 405 of which it is equipped Z9 Mini represents a guarantee in terms of performance in the graphics processing and a proof is the performance of the device in gaming.

Su Real Racing 3in fact, the reproduction of the game elements is at best (including the reflected in the rear-view mirrors) and the fluidity of play is absolutely devoid of lag and uncertainties, even when there are many polygons on the scene to process. Therefore, the gaming profile is certainly promoted.

Nubia Z9 Mini: Telephone part and 4G navigation

No problem in navigation - both in 3G and, when present, in 4G - as well as in the reception of the device, always at a good level.

Nubia Z9 Mini: GPS, bluetooth and WiFi

Like 4G LTE connectivity, too Wireless,  dual band A / b / g / n / ac, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 they work perfectly on this Nubia Z9 Mini.

Nubia Z9 Mini: Camera quality


One of the aspects on which Nubia she focused more during the presentation of the new devices of the series Z9 it is the photographic sector, which also on this Mini It is very respectable.

As already said, let's talk about a rear camera with sensor Sony da XMUMX mega-pixel and with F / 16 aperture and a front 8 mega-pixel.

La front camera allows you to take very good shots in good light conditions, they turn out to be a bit noisy when the brightness level is reduced.

Thanks also to the very complete Camera app, the rear sensor snap is very fast, as well as the focus.

High level of detail in all shooting conditions with good lighting conditions. Excellent macro rendering.

When the light level goes down you notice a little 'photographic noise, but, all in all, the shots are still of a good standard.

Even the Flash LED works well, evenly illuminating the portrait object, even if you notice a slight distortion of the colors, with a tendency to yellowing the photos.

Good, finally, the videos to 1080p, which are characterized by a fairly fast focusing and an equally good stabilization.

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Therefore, the photographic section of the Nubia Z9 Mini is absolutely to be promoted.

Nubia Z9 Mini: video playback

With regard to the video playback, as we have already seen in previous reviews, the Snapdragon 615 does not allow playback of files in 4K with H.264 codec.

No problem, however, with videos in .mkv to 1080p, with which the reproduction is perfect also as regards the audio and without uncertainties in the fast passage from one side to the other of the movie.

Nubia Z9 Mini: Battery


As already mentioned, under the body we find a battery from 2900 mAh, not removable and characterized by a fairly good autonomy, thanks to which you will be able to arrive at dinner time with approx 3 hours and a half of display lit.obviously considered a use with both active SIMs.

However, as we have already seen in previous reviews of devices equipped with Nubia OS, also on this Z9 Mini it will be possible to take advantage of some advanced energy saving modes, grouped in the very complete, and already mentioned, function Power Save, a feature further improved and deepened in this version 2.8 dell 'OS.

Nubia Z9 Mini: Final thoughts

In conclusion, this Nubia Z9 Mini he has struck us and is a candidate to inherit the title of best sellers of its predecessor, in particular thanks to a design that, although not very original, is still very pleasant and well made, a good camera and overall performance absolutely above average.


The device is available for immediate delivery with shipping fromItaly e 24 months of warranty and Italian assistance su, store on which you can take advantage of an exclusive discount thanks to the voucher GIZCHINA.

UPDATE: on Nubia Z9 Mini purchased on from today it is also available Italian language!

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