MWC – Hands on with the Nubia Z11

This one was actually launched at IFA last year but still takes pride of place on the Nubia stand. First there’s a “Standard Edition” which comes in either silver or grey. This has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It costs €499. Then you have the rather bling-tastic “Black Gold Edition” below with uprated specs (6GB RAM and 64GB storage) and gold highlights for €599 RRP.

Most of us “normal people” will be getting the standard one (available via their store), so I took a look at that one first. The specs on this flagship are very good indeed. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit CPU with Areno 530GPU, and has a fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and you can whack in a microSD card (up to 200GB) for more storage.

It’s powered currently by Android 6.0 and has a 5.5″ “Borderless” 2.5D curved screen (1080×1920) at around 403 ppi. WiFi, NFC, Fast Charging, GPS and an 8 megapixel front camera are included too. It also has a double antenna to reduce power consumption and increase speed. It’s equipped with Dual 4G LTE, dual SIM dual standby and VoLTE.

The key feature here is that rear 16 megapixel Sony camera, which Nubia staff are keen to show off. They have a large model village here on the stand and it’s designed to test the camera to its fullest pixel density). The “NeoVision 6.0 camera system” has an electronic aperture which basically stabilises the image and delivers “SLR quality” to your shots. The tech details of this include “IMX298 with 6P drive motor lens, F2.0 aperture, Blue glass IR filter and 0.1s fast focus”. Basically, when you put all that together it means that the images are really sharp and you I was able to take a panoramic shot without really having to concentrate on keeping it level. The OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer), the clever nubia HIS (Hand-Held Image Stabilization) and EIS (Technology and Electronic Image Stabilizer) combined to make photography a really pleasurable experience. You can also take long exposure shots without using a tripod

Perhaps the best way to show this off is via video again, so I asked a Nubia rep to show us the camera..

The aviation aluminium frame made the phone feel solid and light. I was properly impressed with this one. A company to keep an eye on, definitely.

More shots below..

Nubia have also shown off their Z11 mini S, which has a 23 megapixel camera and “bezel-less” display.