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Model ZTE Nubia Z11
Band 2G: 1800, 1900, 850, 900 MHz
3G:800, 1900, 2100, 850, 900 MHz
4G LTE:1800, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2600 MHz
Sim Card Dual Sim Card,Dual Standby(Nano SIM + Nano SIM)
Service Provide Unlocked
Style Bar
OS Android 6.0
CPU/GPU CPU: Snapdragon 820 Quad Core 2.15GHz
GPU: Adreno 530 624MHz
Display Size 5.5 Inch
Type IPS, capacitive touch screen
Resolution 1080 x 1920 px
FM Radio Yes, earphone needed
Speaker Box Speaker
Earphone Port 3.5mm
Card Extend Support TF Card up to 200G
Data transfer USB/Bluetooth
Mobile internet WAP/WiFi
Camera/Picture Resolution Dual Cameras,8.0MP front camera,16.0MP back camera
Language Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Dutch, Czech, Danish, English, French, Finnish, Filipino, Greek, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Slovenscina, Spanish, Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Bahasa Melayu, Chinese
Phonebook 500
Message SMS/MMS
Input Handwrite/Keypad
WIFI IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes,V4.1
Sensors Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor
Multi-Touch Yes
Net Weight(Including battery)
Charger INPUT :100-240V, OUTPUT: 3.7V-2A
Battery capacity No-removable Li-ion 3000mAh battery
Standby Time About 2~3 days
Other Feature 4G,3G,Fingerprint ID,GPS,Gyroscope, MP3, MP4, calculator, ES file management, stopwatch, calendar, alarm clock, Google play,Miracast,E-mail, G-mail, Touch ID, etc
Package Contents 1x Cell phone
1x Charger1 x Earphone1 x Type-C converte1 x Data Cable
1x User Manual

What’s in the box

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nubia Z11 is packed in a black rectangular black box with a red inner lining, the nubia logo on the lid and some information about the specific model on the back. We have the international version of the smartphone, but we do believe that all markets get one and the same set of accessories with it. Actually, there’s quite a generous bundle for you inside the box.

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The device is located in the top level compartment. Below it you will see a fast charger with an output power of 5V/3A; 9V/2A; or 12V/1.5A, a USB to Type-C cable, and a USB 2.0 to Type-C converter. Nubia Z11 Review. To make things even sweeter, nubia has thrown in a pair of Nubian rhythm tone Pro Headphones with the brand’s colors (black and red), placed in a round plastic box. Of course, there are also a SIM tray pin, a warranty card and user manual, all neatly packaged in an envelope.

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  • Slim metal unibody with a bezel-free screen
  • USB Type-C for fast charging and data transfer
  • A speedy fingerprint sensor located on the rear

There’s no denying that the Nubia Z11 is a pretty phone, but like so many other modern smartphones there’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about the design. Nubia Z11 Review. The volume and power keys are exactly where we have come to expect them, positioned on the top third of the right edge. Both keys are fairly simplistic, and not overly tactile, but they are at least responsive.

One of the most striking features of the Z11 is the lack of bezels down either side of the 5.5-inch display, which makes this large phone feel a little smaller and easier to hold one handed, whilst also looking rather dashing to boot. Nubia Z11 Review. Unfortunately there’s no one-handed mode like you’ll find in the Huawei P9, so you’ll likely still be using two hands most of the time.

Round the back, a fingerprint scanner falls nicely under your forefinger for very speedy unlocking – Just like the Nexus 6P. We would prefer a front mounted reader, as it allows you to unlock the phone when it’s sitting on a desk. With a rear-mounted scanner you will always have to pick the phone up to see beyond the lock screen; that said, it’s very quick and never failed to recognise our digits.

It’s a minor compliant, but one which is more annoying here as the Z11 features navigation buttons below the display, so there’s no obvious reason that a scanner couldn’t have been baked in.

A circular home key is flanked by two hidden capacitive navigation buttons that light up on contact, and can be customized to your desired preference – the stock functions are back and multi-tasking.

On the bottom edge, a USB-C connector is flanked by twin speaker grilles which look suspiciously similar to those found on the Apple iPhone 7 – not that this is necessarily a bad thing (though there’s only a single speaker onboard). Nubia Z11 Review. Unlike the latest Apple handset, the top edge is home to a 3.5mm audio jack and an infrared transmitter (though oddly no apps are bundled to make use of it).


nubia Z11 is equipped with the best chipset for mobile devices in the market. Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 is 64-bit system-on-chip built after the 14nm process. Its architecture is based on four custom Kryo CPU cores, two of which are clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two – at 1.6GHz. An Adreno 530 GPU clocked at 624MHz handles the graphics. We have already reviewed four other devices based on this SoC and we can make some basic comparisons in terms of benchmark results. According to its AnTuTu score of 131119 nubia Z11 is almost on par with ZTE Axon (130536), slightly outperforming it, and yields only to OnePlus 3 (144140) and LeEco Le Max 2 (137549). It is actually the UX sub-score in AnTuTu, that leads to a slightly lower result of the nubia Z11. In all the rest, it is as good as the top devices. According to Basemark X, however, nubia Z11 tops all of the above mentioned smartphones. Its PCMark Work performance score of 6786 is very high and yields only to LeEco Le Max 2’s one – 6918. Actually, the device simply flies and handles graphics very well. Nubia Z11 Review. Playing games will be a sheer pleasure, especially if you throw in the fact that you’ll watch them on a bezelless display.

We are reviewing an international standard version of nubia Z11 with 4GB of single-channel, LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 800MHz and 64GB of eMMC 4.5 internal memory clocked at 200MHz that can be expanded up to 128GB. The domestic (Chinese) model has two variants – 4 or 6GB of dual-channel, LPDDR4 RAM clocked at 1866MHz and 64 or 128GB of eMMC5.1 storage that can be expanded up to 200GB. 4GB of RAM are more than enough to allow a handful of apps to remain running in the background without even noticing them. The storage can be expanded up to 128GB (international version) or 200GB (Chinese version), if you’re willing to give up the second nano-SIM card slot and use it with a microSD card. Nubia Z11 Review. There’s quite a bunch of sensors on board the smartphone, including a proximity, light, Hall and fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, etc. The fingerprint sensor can unlock the device in 0.1 seconds and can be used for taking photos when the camera app is open. Nubia Z11 Review. It may also be used for authorizing mobile payments, designed to open a specific app and also launch the Super Screenshot function. The sensor works in a flash – probably one of the fastest ones we’ve seen as unlocking speed cannot be simply detected.

Battery life

  • Battery life compares well with similar sized phones
  • Outperforms the much more expensive iPhone 7
  • There are no power saving modes

When you compare the size of the Nubia Z11’s battery to other similarly-sized smartphones, it is just about on par with other phones in this price range – such as the Sony Xperia XZ (which has a 2900mAh cell), or – our favorite comparison – the OnePlus 3 (which also has a 3000mAh battery).

After running our in-house battery benchmark (an HD video at full brightness for 90 minutes), the Z11 dropped 20% of its battery life to finish up with a respectable 80% remaining.

Whilst the battery life is not awful compared to some of the other flagships, it’s not the best money can buy – the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a QHD screen with identical proportions, but a larger 3600mAh battery, and dropped only 14% during the test.

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 7 (which is a fair bit more expensive) only has a paltry 1,960mAh battery, and lost 23% of its charge in our HD video test.

There are no special battery saving options in the settings menu, so what you see is what you get with the Z11. Nubia Z11 Review. Auto brightness and the ease of adjusting brightness using the Edge Gestures makes it reasonably straightforward to keep on top of screen drain, but the only other battery saving measures come from the chipset itself, rather than any special software tricks.

Whilst battery life won’t keep up with some of the other flagships, the Z11 put in a respectable showing in our battery test, and happily sailed through a day’s regular usage without getting dangerously close to running out of steam.


The camera department of nubia Z11 is serviced by a special software suite called NeoVision 6.0. It features a DTI (Deep Trench Isolation) pixel isolation technology, LTM local color technology and 3D noise reduction technology, allowing users to capture sharp photographs with accurate colors even under low light conditions. The Anti-shake image stabilization technology is there for taking photographs with long exposures without the use of a tripod. Finally, there’s a Real-time filter technology for special effects when using both cameras either for taking photos, making videos or video calls. The camera app has a special function that levels the photo in two directions, 9 pre-set filters, several toggles (for HDR, grid, shutter sound, etc.) and additional settings such as the video quality of the rear and front camera. Nubia Z11 Review. The PRO mode allows you to adjust the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus mode (macro, portrait, large objects, panorama). Of course there are time-laps, slo-mo, video and pano modes.

Primary camera

nubia Z11 sports a real flagship camera sensor for its primary shooter. It utilizes a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 Exmor RS backside-illuminated image sensor with a 1/2.8″ size. It is aided by a dual-LED flash, optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), and phase-detection autofocus. Quality photos are not possible without quality optics. nubia has opted for a 6-element, high-transparency organic glass lens with motor drive and an f/2.0 aperture. It is coupled with a blue filter glass and has a sapphire crystal glass cover for protection. Nubia Z11 Review. The output images are with a resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. The shooter can make 4K videos and FHD videos @ 60fps. Other smartphones, which we have reviewed and that have the same sensor are the OnePlus 3 and Xiaomi Mi 5.

Secondary camera

The selfie camera on the front of the device is equipped with an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated image sensor with a 1.4μm pixel size. We think this is the Sony IMX179 Exmor R with a 1/3.2″ size. It is combined with a 5-element, 80° wide-angle lens with an f/2.4 aperture and blue filter glass. For improving the selfies it uses the Super Powerful Skin Retouching 2.0 beautification software. The beauty mode can be switched on even in real-time video conversations. The images from the front camera are with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and the videos are FHD @ 30fps. Nubia Z11 Review. The front camera of nubia Z11 is one of the best we’ve seen. Actually, the whole camera department is impressive.


nubia Z11 will also cater to the needs of audiophiles. The manufacturer has provided an advanced audio setup (compared to the one of an average smartphone), that includes a built-in Asahi Kasei AK4376 audio chip coupled with HiFi + sound, Dolby Atmos technology, and SmartPA loudspeakers using an advanced technology. The manufacturer has made its own music app and has integrated in it the Dolby Atmos sound enhancement, though it is also available as a separate setting in the Sound options. Nubia Z11 Review. There are various profiles of audio enhancements such as movie, music, and so on. When you choose one profile to be active you may also switch on additional effects for it.


nubia Z11 has a bezelless, 5.5-inch display by JDI with an IPS panel that covers 96% of the NTSC colors space and has an FHD resolution (1080 x 1920) with a pixel density of 403 ppi. Nubia Z11 Review. Its peak brightness is 500 cd/m². The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a 2.5D curved top glass layer. In order to achieve the bezelless design of the display, nubia has employed a traditional screen structure coupled with a refractive top glass layer. At the base is the backlight layer, followed by a polarizer, TFT glass, CF (color filter) glass, another polarizing layer, the touch panel and the 2.5D curved color glass. Nubia Z11 Review. The actual border is not seen as it reaches only to the TFT glass layer, while the curved top glass provides visibility down to the first polarizing layer at an angle, thus making the border invisible. This is what nubia calls aRC 2.0 refractive glass technology. It makes the display unit lighter and thinner than general, which ultimately leads to a lighter and thinner overall handset. It also helps the device to have a staggering 81% screen-to-body ratio. The screen employs yet another advanced technology. Dubbed FiT 2.0, it enables users to navigate through the smartphone by using interactive edge gestures. This function has to be enabled from the Settings menu as it is switched off by default and will be described in detail in the OS, UI and software section of this review. Nubia Z11 Review. There are also additional options that help you adjust the screen to your liking, including color temperature and saturation settings.

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With a peak brightness of 532.558 cd/sq.m. our review unit complies with what is set as an official specification. The black values are typical for the type of display and the unit actually has a very good static contrast ratio of around 1240:1. Nubia Z11 Review. It is almost the same at all brightness levels as the black values decrease nearly proportionally with the white ones. The temperature of the white point has an average of 8000K, which means that the screen colors look colder than average. Nubia Z11 Review. The fact that the display panel supports a wider color gamut (96% of the NTSC one as per the specifications) is seen from the CIE diagram. The blue range experiences slight deviations, but the red, and especially the green areas show higher deviation from the sRGB color space. Nubia Z11 Review. The IPS panel of the screen has a classic stripe pixel structure and provides excellent viewing angles with only a slight loss in brightness, when the display is viewed from aside.

Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 532.558 cd/m2 0.429 cd/m2 1241 8594 K
75 % 287.423 cd/m2 0.232 cd/m2 1239 8280 K
50 % 125.272 cd/m2 0.101 cd/m2 1240 8040 K
25 % 32.617 cd/m2 0.026 cd/m2 1255 7883 K
0 % 5.391 cd/m2 0.004 cd/m2 1348 7835 K


nubia Z11 will also cater to the needs of audiophiles. The manufacturer has provided an advanced audio setup (compared to the one of an average smartphone), that includes a built-in Asahi Kasei AK4376 audio chip coupled with HiFi + sound, Dolby Atmos technology, and SmartPA loudspeakers using an advanced technology. The manufacturer has made its own music app and has integrated in it the Dolby Atmos sound enhancement, though it is also available as a separate setting in the Sound options. Nubia Z11 Review. There are various profiles of audio enhancements such as movie, music, and so on. When you choose one profile to be active you may also switch on additional effects for it.

For the audio measurements of all devices we use the RightMark Audio Analyzer software and the TASCAM US-2×2 audio interface. nubia Z11 does provide better sound than an average smartphone – both in terms of results from the test and in terms of the sound coming out from the speaker. Nubia Z11 Review. The test showed excellent results for the frequency response and IMD + Noise, while the THD + Noise is rated as good (usually standard devices score average on this). The rest of the parameters are assessed as very good and the overall result is the same. Nubia Z11 Review. Regarding the speaker, even without the Dolby Atmos on, even for a single one, it sounds better than average devices and this can be detected without a trained ear, too.

Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB -0.01, -0.10 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -93.9 Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A) 93.8 Very good
THD, % 0.0031 Very Good
THD + Noise, dB (A) -84.8 Good
IMD + Noise, % 0.0065 Excellent
Stereo crosstalk, dB -83.2 Very good
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.015 Very good
General performance Very good


OS, UI and software

nubia Z11 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with nubia 4.0 on top. This is a deeply customized user interface that should enrich the user experience with various functions and features, and should also make one-handed operation with the device easier. You have a lock screen that should be swiped up by default in order to unlock the device and a camera app shortcut on it. Nubia Z11 Review. You can choose from the Settings whether notifications should appear on it or not. The home screen has a docked row of apps and serves as the main access point to all apps installed on the device as they appear on screens successive to the home one. Nubia Z11 Review. One major benefit of the UI is the Split Screen function. All you have to do is swipe up the display, in whichever application you are, and you’ll enter this mode. It allows you to multitask more effectively by actually having two desktops, both with access to all apps. Thus you can watch video in one screen and browse the web or write a message on the other, for example. The split screen feature can duplicate the same software in different screens including instant message applications like QQ and Wechat, so you can log in to multiple accounts at once. The Widgets menu is customized, too. It can be accessed either by tapping on the left button from the navigation bar or by long pressing on an empty space on the home screen. It includes a Settings icon that is a shortcut to the Settings menu, Wallpaper, Widgets and Arrange icons function. When activated, the latter allows you to move one or more icons from one screen to another. Nubia Z11 Review. The Notifications menu also looks different. By swiping once from the top of the display you get four icons to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile data and Location, the brightness level setting, and the list with notifications. You need to swipe again to get the full list of Quick Settings. When there are no notifications a single swipe is enough to access the Quick Settings. You can re-design the way they appear from the corresponding menu in the main Settings. The Volume menu is changed and shows different options depending on the apps you’re in. If you’re in the Music app, you’ll get the media volume setting after pressing the Volume button. If you’re somewhere in the Settings or the desktops, the Volume button will open the System volume. Nubia Z11 Review. Pressing and holding the power button opens the Power off menu. Besides looking different, it only contains shortcuts to power off and reboot, no airplane mode and screenshot functions here. Nubia Z11 Review. Pressing and holding the back button opens the list of recent apps, while pressing and holding the home button opens the Ok, Google voice search.

The Settings menu is overhauled in appearance and structure, and includes new functions provided only by nubia 4.0. The major sets of options appear on a screen and a half. The first set includes the connectivity options, including Wi-Fi with advanced options, Bluetooth, SIM card, and other wireless options such as NFC. You also can choose from two WLAN antenna modes – single and dual antenna. The Display set of options allows you choose a wallpaper – for the lock screen, home screen, or one and the same for both. Nubia Z11 Review. You can also choose from two desktop layouts – 4×5 and 5×5. Of course, you can manage the brightness level but also the color saturation and color temperature. From this section, you can manage the behaviour of the breathing light, too. Nubia Z11 Review. The Notification Center lets you change the layout of the Quick Settings menu, show/hide the net speed data, show/hide notification icons, show/hide notifications on the lock screen. Though looking different, the Sound settings are very standard. There are no pre-set sound profiles and under this section you can access the Dolby Sound settings. This enhancement is switched on by default.

The Edge gestures is an interesting feature of nubia Z11’s software. You can switch on and off 5 different combinations of touching and sliding on one or two edges of the screen. Nubia Z11 Review. For example, you can increase/decrease the screen brightness by sliding with your fingers down and up along the two vertical edges; holding the edge and sliding inward lets you choose between desktops; double clicking one edge leads you backwards; and so on. Nubia Z11 Review. Under Features you can activate and deactivate the Split Screen function, manage the phone’s behaviour if you’ll be using a smart cover as well as switch the places of the menu and back buttons from the navigation bar. You can also switch on and off various touch gestures and smart sensor functions – for example, you can lock the screen simply by waving your palm over it, you can also flip the device to mute it, etc. Dual Instance is a feature, which lets you login simultaneously with two different IDs in one and the same app. And finally, under Features you can manage the Super Screenshot function. Fingerprint identification is a whole separate set of options. You can set up to 5 fingerprint IDs and set them to lock and open various apps. You can also use the fingerprint sensor as a camera shutter for taking photos, for opening the Super Screenshot function, for unlocking the device or simply waking up the screen. The Security settings are placed in the following section and have the standard options.

The Other system settings is where you’ll find Location, Language and input (with TouchPal keyboard), Date & time, Battery, Memory, Storage, Other accounts, Backup and reset, Accessibility. The Location section has several flexible features, which let you benefit from this function, yet manage your battery life smarter. Nubia Z11 Review. The rest of the options are standard, including the Accessibility one. It has been enriched with a toggle for making a screenshot by pressing the volume and power button, magnetic sensor calibration, Schedule power on & off and a toggle for Reducing the dynamic effect of the UI. Nubia Z11 Review. During our test period we have not been able to check for updates as the device couldn’t establish a connection with the corresponding servers.

In nubia 4.0 there is no app tray. All apps are listed in successive screens accessible directly from the home one by swiping. The device is free of app clutter though you do get some pre-installed functions. Nubia Z11 Review. All Google apps are placed in one folder, containing OK, Google voice search, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Drive, PlayMusic, Hangouts, and Photos. There’s a second folder named Tools, which contains a Sound recorder, Backup, Calculator, Flashlight, System update, and Edge gestures. Nubia Z11 Review. The latter equals the one present in the Settings menu. You get the standard apps like Dialer, Contacts, Messenger (with very expanded settings), Calendar, default Browser, Email, Gallery, Music, Camera, Video and Voice search. There’s a Screen projection app as well. Nubia Z11 Review. It equals the cast screen/wireless display function and lets you transfer content from the smartphone to a desktop monitor TV as well as receive content from another device.

TimeManager stands for the Clock app and has actually divided its functions in four three sub-interfaces for world clock, alarms, stopwatch, and timer. Nubia Z11 Review. Actually, there are some apps that double several functions of the device. For example, among the list of apps you’ll see one that’s named Lock Screen, which does just that and you can use it instead of the power button for instant locking. There’s also an Accelerate icon and when you press it, it accelerates the device – this means that it closes all background running apps and frees RAM. The model’s User Manual is placed as an app as well. Under NotePad you’ll get a tool for making notes. Under MyLife you get a file manager. The Super Screenshot is also placed as an app here. It lets you make a screenshot of a whole webpage for example or make a recording of your interaction with the screen (you can also choose the type of video quality). Nubia Z11 Review. Once you decide on the type of screenshot you can choose its form and additional effect. The TouchPal keyboard is also positioned as a separate app in this list, though it is also accessible from the Language and input menu under Settings > Other system settings.

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