Nubia is a smartphone company started in 2012 by ZTE which later became independent from ZTE in 2015. Their series of the smartphone have been sensible in maintaining a balance between price and features.
Nubia, like most other Chinese brands, is not for the global market. They are available with select models in select countries like India. They do not have that good customer base outside of China though.
The flagship series of the ZTE’s Nubia is the Z series smartphones. The last in the line is the Z17 and the Z17 mini. The upcoming is the Z19 (they increment by 2 every iteration). Many specs point out the rumored Nubia NX606J will be the Nubia Z19 itself. Here are the rumors and speculations that we have gathered on the Nubia’s flagship in the making.
Months back a device was seen in TENAA from Nubia running on Snapdragon 845. The AnTuTu scores have also been outed. We could know few other specs from the TENAA listing itself. Let us see them in brief.
The TENAA listing shows the device will be one of the earliest to come out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The SD 845 powered device had a name – Nubia NX606J. But going by the flagship chip from Qualcomm the device is speculated to be the upcoming flagship of the company. Nubia Z19 is how it will be released. The device has 6 Gb of RAM and 32 Gb of inbuilt storage. There must definitely be a large storage variant like on the Z17. The higher RAM variant of 8 Gb is also expected. Moreover, the listing also confirmed the device is running on the latest Android Oreo skinned by Nubia’s own skin.
The Nubia NX606J also leaked with its AnTuTu scores in weibo. The AnTuTu score of the Nubia’s flagship device is 271,674 which is on par with the other 845 devices which reconfirms the fact that the phone runs the SD 845. In fact, the benchmark score is marginally better than that of the Samsung Galaxy S9+ which is appreciable for a company like Nubia.
Another leak happened recently revealing the whole design of a Nubia smartphone in the wild. The device is expected to be the Nubia Z19 for two reasons. One it carries the same name tag, Nubia NX606J. Two is no other device is expected in the premium segment from Nubia apart from the gaming phone which definitely has a more functional design than this.
The front of the phone has a notched display. The notch is very much similar to the essential phone that has cut out only for the camera module. The top bezel apart from the notch is very minor but the chin is thicker than expected. Why don’t they even notch the display when they have such huge chin? Why don’t they learn to cover the chin first before they opt for notch?
The back is all glass back, no antenna line is seen like on the metal body phones. The fingerprint reader is on the back right in the middle of while the two cameras are placed horizontally on the top left corner.
Other layouts that the leaks showed are the usual- volume and power buttons to the right, IR blaster and audio jack on the top, SIM tray to the left and speaker-mic combo with USB-C port on the bottom. Sash leaks are the one behind the design update prior to the launch. The lens of cameras, home button and few more place Nubia branding are all accepted in gold or red accents depending on the device color. The phone is said to come in 3 colors as said by cash leaks – black, silver and gold.
Speculations and expectations
Now that we have seen the leaks of the phone we shall run through the whole specs with the leaked specification, market speculation and expectations from the end users. The processor is the flagship from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 845. The RAM must be 6GB and 8GB. The storage is confused to start between 32 GB and 64 GB. But the maximum storage pointed out from various services is expected at 256 GB.
The display is an IPS LCD stretching for 6 inches inclusive of the notch area. The aspect ratio must be 18:9 or 19:9 provided the notch provides a taller display. The resolution is the good old FullHD+, 1080 * 2160 Pixels.
The battery is expected at 3350 mAH which is still a great battery for the Snapdragon 845 which is power efficient 14nm chipset. The phone can last a day based on our thoughts. There is no official word on the camera. The primary shooter must be a 13 MP sensor coupled with a less wide aperture telephoto lens to help in portrait mode shots and also making 2x optical zoom. The front camera again is a 13 MP sensor. No word on the stabilization. Hope there is no optical stabilization, later the Electronic stabilization is expected from the company’s future software update.
The latest Z17 was released in June of 2017. This phone having rumored from the month of February was expected to show itself to the world in MWC 2018. But it was no ready we think and so we expect it to come out in June 2018.
The price is no matter for people living outside China. The Chinese pricing for this in my good guess will be 2500 CNY. The price must start around 2500 CNY and go up to 3100 CNY.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||32/64, 128, 256 GB|
|Camera||13 MP f/2.2 + 13 MP depth sensor|
|13 MP front facing camera with soft flash|
|Operating system||Android 8.1|
|Release Date||Q3, Q4 2018|
Getting your hands on the Nubia is hard on underdeveloped countries. But where the phone is readily available it a steal and can be bought if the camera proves worthy.