ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia had launched its flagship smartphone the Z17 in June. The smartphone was one of the cheapest handsets available featuring Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 SoC. At the time of launch, three variants of the Nubia Z17 existed; One with 6GB of RAM coupled with 64GB or 128GB of internal memory while an 8GB RAM variant came solely with the option of 128GB of internal storage. Recently, another variant of the Z17 was spotted on the Chinese certification body TENAA’s website.
The new variant of the Nubia Z17 came with 8GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of internal memory. Rest of the specifications look unchanged. Rest of the specifications remain unchanged though, it features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU.
The ZTE Nubia had launched with a slightly dated looking design, with the 5.5-inch full-HD (1020 x1920) IPS panel based display featuring prominent chin and forehead bezels. Although side bezels were mitigated thanks to the 2.5D curved glass atop the display. The bottom bezel housed a physical home button flanked by capacitive UI touch buttons although the fingerprint scanner was moved to the rear of the handset. The tallness of the smartphone did allow ZTE to pack in a 3200mAh battery unit. On launch, the Z17 was the first smartphone which featured Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology which can go from a flat battery to 50% charge in just 25 minutes. Also, the phone was the first handset from ZTE’s stable to have an IP67 water and dust ingress protection rating.
The Nubia Z17 also featured a dual-camera setup composed of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 23-megapixel sensor. The camera module comes with support for PDAF, a f/1.8 aperture and a dual LED CCT flash. For selfies, the device has a 16-megapixel camera up front with its own dedicated flash. Currently, according to a Weibo source, this new 8GB variant of the ZTE Nubia Z17 will carry a price tag of ¥3,999 (~Rs 37,900).
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