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nubia Z11 mini S

In China it has already been presented for several weeks, while in Italy we got to officially preview it during the first event in Italy of nubia.

We are talking about the newest nubia Z11 mini S, a smartphone with a very competitive hardware compartment, fully optimized software, a renewed camera and a fascinating design.

But how will it behave in everyday use? Let's find out together in our full review

nubia Z11 Mini S, the review of GizChina

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Design and materials

Il nubia Z11 Mini S owns one unibody body entirely made of metal, except for the plastic bands of the antennas that cross horizontally the upper and lower part of the back cover.

The smartphone is characterized by a design very stylish and by an excellent milling of aluminum in the coffee coloring, which makes the aesthetics of the smartphone very pleasant.

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La construction it is cared for down to the smallest detail and is very compact, in fact, thanks to the size of 146.1 x 72.1 x 7.6 millimeters and a weight of 158 grams, the device is a lot manageable in one-handed use.

From the front, at the top, we find the 5.2-inch display, the brightness and proximity sensor and the front camera, while at the bottom there is the iconic nubia's home button (which also acts as a notification LED), flanked by two other back-lit soft touch keys. The latter can perform the functions of back / multitasking and menus, but can be safely reversed each other through the settings.

Sul right profile there are the volume rocker and the power button, unlike that left where is located Dual Nano SIM / microSD slot.

Above we find the mini-jack input and the microphone useful for the reduction of environmental noise, while in the bottom the USB Type-C input, the speaker and the main microphone are positioned.

Finally, on the back cover the plastic bands for the antennas, the rear camera, the fingerprint reader and the company logo are positioned.

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Il of nubia Z11 mini S it is a unit of matrix IPS da 5.2 inches diagonal with resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) e PPI 424.

Glass is used to protect the cake Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which also presents one curvature of type 2.5D, useful to further soften the elegant lines of the smartphone.

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The panel is very bright and excellent quality, so as to seem almost one AMOLED. It enjoys an excellent white balance and moreover, the reproduction of the color range is very faithful, thanks to the vivid colors.

However, if you are not satisfied with the display tones, you will be able to change the various parameters within the settings.

Very good maximum brightness e minima, as well as the operation of the automatic brightness sensor. The touch screen manages to be faithful, responsive and can detect up to 10 touches.

Despite the nubia Z11 mini S it is not borderless, it will be possible to exploit all of them gestures associated with the edges of the smartphone just like the top of the range nubia Z11.

Hardware and Performance

Compared to his younger brother, or the nubia Z11 mini, this new smartphone of nubia house presents a renewed hardware compartment e boosted.

In fact, there is a chipset on board Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, including a CPU octa-core with architecture a 64 bit and maximum clock frequency of 2.0 GHz.

Furthermore, there is a GPU Adreno 506, 4 GB di RAM LPDDR3 e 64 GB di XMMUM eMMC internal memory, expandable via Micro SD.

Since our sample is a pre-production device, they are present 3 GB di RAM rather than 4.

Overall nubia Z11 mini S è very fluid, reactive and free from lag or various impurities. The applications are opened instantly and the management of multitasking apps does not present problems at the time of the swtich.

All this is thanks to the very powerful processor and poco energy-intensive, also combined with the good work done in optimizing the software.

The GPU behaves well even in the phases of Gaming more intense and complex as for example during the execution of elaborate games like Asphalt 8 o Real Racing 3. The frame rate is constant and we have not found any critical fluidity.

No problem as for the web browsing, either with the default browser or with Chrome, or for the video playback with support for files in 4K.


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Photographic quality

Il photo gallery is one of the strengths of the nubia Z11 mini SIn fact, on board there is a new Sony sensor that differs from that mounted on the other devices of the nubia line-up.

We are talking about Sony IMX318, or a sensor from 22.5 mega-pixels with 6 lenses elements, opening f / 2.0, autofocus PDAF, digital type stabilizer ICE CREAM e LED flash.

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The Chinese manufacturer has done a great job on the software side, with a very fast focusing and an equally rapid shutter speed.

As you can see, the shots are made very good, both in conditions of good light and not. The color reproduction is faithful and the level of detail is high, and you can see this especially in the macros.

As for the latter, one can see a good one bokeh effect which gives a more professional look to the photographs.

In night both the shutter speed and the focus remain good, although the quality drops slightly. We find then LED flash that, despite being single, he behaves very well illuminating homogeneously.

Returning to talk about the software, theinterface It's really very complete and we find many shooting modes, which are inserted within the section "Family Camera". In addition to these, the manual or mode is present "Pro" el 'HDR.

La front camera instead it is a sensor Sony IMX258 da 13 mega-pixels, which returns well-defined and balanced selfies in colors.

Video recording test

Videos can be recorded in 4K a 30 fps and 1080p a 30 / 60 fps with ICE CREAM, As well as in Slow-Motion in HD a 120 fps and in mode Time-Lapse.

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La quality general of the video is very good, albeit slightly sinning in stabilization. A note must be made for the focus, because it can be really very fast.

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Audio quality

The sound reproduced by the lower speaker is good both as a volume and as a frequency range. We are not talking about a full-bodied audio like that of the nubia Z11, but manages to be still enjoyable.

In headset the situation improves, as the frequencies are well reproduced and the quality improves further.

Also good audio in capsule auricolare and in speakerphone, in fact, we did not find particular problems with our interlocutor.


Il nubia Z11 mini S presents full support to Italian networks thanks to the presence of the 20 band.

La reception and connection to the data network are really excellent, better than many top of the range currently on the market. In fact, I have sailed most of the time almost exclusively in 4G.

In this regard, there is support dual Nano SIM 4G stand-by with Volta and possibility of hot switching of the 4G network between the 2 SIMs by means of the special quick toggle.

Besides all this, on board we find the  Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n /ac Dual Band from the excellent reception and the Bluetooth 4.1. Navigation satellite is guaranteed by GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS sensors, with a always responsive signal fix and a good precision thanks also to the compass integrated.

Il fingerprint reader touch is fast and accurate. It can also be used to capture photographs, to make screenshots and to block applications. Furthermore, you can store up to 5 fingerprints.

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The software of the nubia Z11 mini S is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, managed by the proprietary interface NubiaUI 4.0, which is well optimized and enriched by many functions.

As already mentioned previously, several are available gestures along i edges of the display For example:

  • simultaneous slide on the edges to adjust the brightness of the display or the volume of multimedia contents;
  • slide on an edge to start certain apps and / or switch between open apps in the background;
  • repeated slide on an edge to clean the RAM memory;
  • double tap on the top of the edges to go back.

As if this were not enough, it is also present split screen, which can be set by making a slide from bottom to top starting from the base of the display.

Overall, the software is well optimized, fluid, stable and free from bugs or malfunctions. There ROM è completely translated into Italian, even if a couple of little words are still in English.

Thanks to the excellent management of the operating system, i consumption they were definitely reduced. In fact, it will be possible to obtain an excellent autonomy.


As for the battery, the nubia Z11 mini S is equipped with a unit from 3000 mAh that manages to provide some excellent results.

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Unfortunately there is no screen showing the hours of active display, but I can confirm that I have arrived at will be with one more 30% of residual battery after use medium / heavy. So with a bland use it will be possible to carry out also 1 day and a half of autonomy.

Complete charging takes place in approx 1 45 hours and minutes.


In conclusion this nubia Z11 mini S it's a smartphone a lot balanced e complete, managing to offer excellent performance in a compact construction.

Il design is very elegant and cared, but the thing that amazes is certainly its responsiveness due to the excellent hardware compartment assisted by a software well optimized in everyday use, even when the device is subjected to more stressful operations.

As we could see within the review, the photo gallery manages to get excellent results, as well as the connectivity.

Overall I can not find fault with this again nubia Z11 mini S and I have to admit that he managed to convince me fully. We do not yet know precisely when it will be marketed and at what price, but we have been told that it could be inserted into the Italian market starting from January February, at a price that is around the 330 €.

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