Well folks, it’s finally here. ZTE has taken the wraps off of the long-awaited Nubia Z11, the sequel to last year’s Z9 and the latest phone to offer a bezel-less display. The new phone joins the Z11 Mini and Z11 Max, which are already available.
Apart from the sleek look, the phone boasts the specs you would expect from a 2016 flagship device. Unfortunately, however, it seems as though the device will only be available in China at this time.
Under the hood, the Z11 includes a Snapdragon 820 processor and a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging. The rear-facing camera is 16MP with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and an f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing camera is 8MP with an f/2.4 aperture and wide-angle lens.
When it comes to storage and RAM, there are a few variations to choose from. One of the versions is 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, however if you want to really kick things up a notch you can also get the device with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Of course, if storage is your main concern you can always expand it thanks to the microSD card slot.
There is one thing that sets this phone apart from some other flagships in a bad way — the display. While the phone has an edge-to-edge display that’s 5.5-inches in size, it unfortunately has a 1080p resolution, which is most certainly not flagship quality. Most flagship devices these days boast a quad HD display, and we would have liked to see a quad HD resolution on this phone.
Of course, design is also important, and this is a very sleek phone indeed. It offers a minimalist look with a small camera sensor and a fingerprint sensor on the back. It obviously takes some design cues from the iPhone, but ultimately looks great, so we’re not complaining (although Apple might). As far as dimensions go, the phone is 7.5mm thick, which is quite thin.
The low-end model will cost $376, or if you instead opt for the extra RAM and storage you’ll need to shell out $526, however as mentioned you’ll only be able to get the device in China. Oh, one more thing. There will also be a limited edition of the phone signed by football star Cristiano Ronaldo. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability for that model, but it’s sure to cost more than the others.
Updated on 06-28-2016 by Christian de Looper: Added official announcement info.
Updated on 06-21-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in new leaks regarding the Z11’s design.
Updated on 12-01-2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added in leaked renders showing a dual-camera setup on the back of the Nubia Z11.
Updated on 11-30-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that ZTE might launch the Z11 in the U.S. and China at the same time.