Sep 7, 2018

ZTE nubia Z18 to be sold in China this month

The Chinese tech giant ZTE has taken the wraps off the nubia Z18. It is currently a China exclusive smartphone.

ZTE has recently unveiled its nubia Z18 flagship smartphone in China, adopting a tiny waterdrop notch and a horizontal dual-camera setup. It's available in Red and Black colorways, plus a limited-edition Vincent van Gogh Starry Night variant.

The nubia Z18 has very thin bezels, similar to what you would see on the Galaxy Note9, giving it a 91.8% screen-to-body ratio. In terms of power, this smartphone is driven by the top-of-the-line octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, with the option of pairing it with 6GB or 8GB of RAM plus 64GB or 128GB of storage, but the drawback is that the storage is non-expandable.

This phone supports a dual SIM card setup, perfect for international travel. It runs on nubia UI 6.1, which is a skinned version of Android 8.1 Oreo, and will most likely see 2 major updates, so expect Android 9.0 Pie for this device soon.

The display is a 5.99-inch edge-to-edge IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080x2160 and 96% color saturation and a color range of 96% NTSC color gamut, making it capable of displaying vivid and sharp images. The dual cameras have a 16 and a 24-megapixel sensor with OIS support, with both capable of shooting in low-light conditions thanks to its f/1.6 aperture. Providing additional lighting for photos if needed are its dual-flash LEDs. The selfie camera is powered by an 8-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, also making it possible to shoot in low-light conditions.

The nubia Z18 comes with a Quick Charge 4.0-supported 3,450mAh battery, which ZTE claims will give users a whole one to two days of battery life on a single charge before needing to charge it again. Helping keep the battery life efficient is the nubia NeoPower 3.0 firmware which shuts down processes in the background.

The connectivity options are diverse: dual-band Wi-Fi with AC protocol support, Bluetooth 5.0, and 4G LTE. The phone is also lightweight, weighing at just 172 grams, making it easy to carry around.

The nubia Z18 will be available this month in China, with prices starting at CNY 2,799 (around PHP 22,000) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration, and CNY 3,299 (around PHP 26,000) for the 8GB + 128GB storage configuration. There's no official word yet about the availability in the Philippines, so be sure to stay tuned here to for more details.

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