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Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition is almost here

Huawei Ascend

Huawei is expected to announce that its latest smartphone will be bringing a super strong sapphire screen, soon.

The Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition should not only sport the second strongest material on the planet protecting its screen but should also come with 4G LTE.

The phone will be available soon in China with details expected to be announced shortly.

We’re almost used to seeing smashed front screens on phones now despite Corning’s Gorilla Glass strength. Sapphire glass is often used on the small lens over a phone’s rear camera. This is why it’s so rare to find a scratch on the lens that would ruin photos.

Other manufacturers are expected to start using sapphire glass too including Apple on its new iPhone 6. The use of this strong glass also comes at a time when smartwatches are beginning to enter the mainstream – also needing sapphire protection.

Huawei recently announced its Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition smartphone which came with Arsenal football club markings as well as special Arsenal wallpapers.

If this new P7 has the same specs as previous editions we can expect it to come packinga 5-inch, 1080p screen. Inside should be a quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 processor backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage plus microSD to 64GB. The rear should boast a 13-megapixel autofocus camera with LED while the front will have an impressive 8-megapixels for high-resolution selfies.

Huawei Ascend

 

Asus ZenFone Zoom Review

Innovation tends to reach a saturation point after a while, which bogs down pretty much ever facet of technology. What do you do when those eureka moments start drying up and you find yourself looking for something new to wow your audience with? Putting a fresh spin on old technology seems like one way to go about it. Smartphone cameras with optical zoom have been around ever since Nokia launched the N90, way back when. This didn’t exactly catch on since no one likes carrying a bulky camera in their pockets, which is what these phones essentially were.

Samsung has toyed with this idea a bit, with its last attempt being the Galaxy K Zoom over two years ago. The 10X optical zoom was the highlight of this phone but it was still more of a digital camera than a smartphone.

Asus has never known to shy away from experimenting with hybrid devices and its latest incarnation is the ZenFone Zoom. This is its attempt at a smartphone with optical zoom and thankfully, it hasn’t compromised (too much) on it being a smartphone. Can the ZenFone Zoom breathe new life into this non-starter of a segment? Let’s find out.

Look and feel
The ZenFone Zoom is priced at a premium and it’s certainly dressed for the part. The unibody aluminium frame looks good and also gives the phone a good grip. The rounded sides make it very comfortable to hold too. There are chamfered edges and chrome accents thoughtfully distributed around the edges and the camera section on the back, all lending to the phone’s good looks.

The 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display is surrounded by very thick bezels, which dampens its cool quotient a bit. The capacitive navigation buttons are not backlit but thankfully, the notification LED was not left out.

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There’s a standard Micro-USB 2.0 port at the bottom along with a lanyard loop to its left. On the right side, we have the two-step camera shutter button and a dedicated button for video recording. Pressing either one for a few seconds will fire up the camera app. The volume and power buttons are placed further up and have good tactile feedback.

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The back cover is removable and gets a real leather treatment, although it’s easy to mistake it for faux leather. There’s a massive disc in the middle where the camera assembly is – this is where Asus has managed to fit in the zoom lens in a sideways fashion, as we’d explained in our earlier report. This means there’s no protruding lens like Samsung’s offerings and it makes the ZenFone Zoom a bit less conspicuous when you’re trying to capture some candid moments.

Asus has provided for a single Micro-SIM and expandable storage via a microSD card. The battery is non-removable. The ZenFone Zoom comes in a fairly compact box with a lanyard, data cable, charger, and in-ear headset. The quality of components is very good, just as you’d expect at this price level.

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Overall, the phone stands out from the crowd due to its camera-esque back side. But other than that, it could pass of as just another ZenFone. The build quality and finish of the phone are very good and we have to hand it to Asus for managing to squeeze an optical zoom lens into a body that’s just 11.9mm at its thickest point.

Specifications and software

Asus is probably the only major smartphone maker that’s so consistent with using Intel SoCs. The ZenFone Zoom is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 and comes with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. We appreciate the generous amount of storage, and just in case it isn’t enough, you can expand it by another 128GB with a microSD card. Other specs include Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB OTG, FM radio, GPS and GLONASS.

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The phone ships with a pretty dated version of Android Lollipop, considering now that Marshmallow is out in the wild. There’s ZenUI 2.0 running on top of Android 5.0 and like we’ve seen in past offerings from Asus, you get a tonne of tweaks and Asus apps pre-installed.

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Productivity apps include Splendid, for adjusting the colour temperature and toggling the blue light filter; AudioWizard, which lets you fine tune sound profiles for movie, music, gaming, or voice calls; Auto-start manager, which gives you control over which apps run on boot; Mobile Manager, to get rid of junk files and free up system resources; Power Saver for setting your power profile depending on your usage type; and Do it Later, a task manager that can sync with Google Tasks. There are some pre-installed third party apps as well, which can be uninstalled if not needed.

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The default Android apps are also overhauled, like the Gallery app can show you photos and videos from cloud services as well. PhotoCollage and MiniMovie are Asus apps integrated into the gallery which let you customise and package your photos and videos for sharing. You can also customise the interface with themes, animations and icon packs.

As functional as the interface is, ZenUI is starting to show its age as it now feels a bit cluttered. It still functions very smoothly but with after using lighter skins from other manufacturers, ZenUI can be overwhelming, especially for a beginner.

Performance
In terms of performance, the ZenFone Zoom is like any other high-end Android phone. Apps run without a hitch and so do demanding games such as Asphalt 8. The phone tends to run a bit warm when gaming, and this also makes a dent in the battery life. 4G works well on Band 40, as we didn’t face any issue during our time using it. We did get a software update which added a new feature called Quick Find, which can be accessed by swiping downwards from the home screen. It isn’t a universal search tool since you can’t access files from your phone, but more of a quick way to search the Web and launch frequently used apps.

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The Zoom fares decently in benchmarks too, although it’s still far behind other phones with today’s top-tier hardware. We got scores of 63,352 in AnTuTu and 21,170 in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. Despite the heavy skin and pre-loaded apps, you still have about 2.2GB free RAM on average.

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Even though the phone can’t record videos in 4K, it can play them with ease. The default video player is pretty barebones but the music player is slightly more functional. You can sort songs by folders, change the theme of the player, and tweak the audio with Asus’s AudioWizard enhancement. The bundled headset is of good quality and provides decent ambient noise isolation.

Camera
We now come to the highlight of the phone, and that’s the camera. At its heart is a 13-megapixel sensor with a 10-element lens made by Hoya. The lens arrangement is done in such a way that you get 3X optical zoom without the need for the lens to extend outwards. Add to this laser autofocus and Optical Image Stabilisation and you have a solid recipe for some good pictures.

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Landscapes and macros look detailed on the phone’s screen in daylight. Colours are punchy, although they tend to get a bit oversaturated with the optimisation set to Auto. Even at 3X zoom, the lens stays steady for blur-free shots. At maximum optical zoom level, objects in focus lose a bit of sharpness but this is only noticeable when you zoom in all the way.

Indoor shots under artificial lighting are good too with little to no noise. Low-light shots aren’t the best as the level of detail dips. The focusing speed is still pretty quick although there’s a delay when zooming in as the picture in the viewfinder takes a second to catch up to the zoom level. The front 5-megapixel camera is decent for selfies under good lighting.

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Asus’s camera app is well designed, with a tonne of shooting modes and a quick toggle switch for manual mode placed just above the software shutter button. The physical buttons work just as well too. Video recording maxes out at 1080p and the quality is pretty good with a steady framerate. There’s an option for slow-motion video as well. Sadly, 4K video recording is not available. The dual-LED flash is also decently powerful but only for short distances. A xenon flash would have complemented the phone nicely.

Optical zoom is indispensable at times, but after a point, you wish you had more room to play with as 3X starts to feel a bit restrictive. Anything more would have compromised the size of the phone and perhaps this is the technological limit for optical zoom without a protruding lens.

Battery life
The 3000mAh battery lasted for 6 hours and 58 minutes in our video loop test, which is below average. Upon regular use with mixed usage of 4G and lots of shooting, we found that the ZenFone Zoom lasted us about 18-20 hours before needing a recharge. Thankfully, the phone supports fast charging and will get you up to 40 percent capacity in half an hour.

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Verdict
The Asus ZenFone Zoom comes at a premium for the sole reason that it’s the only smartphone in the market at the moment with optical zoom. At Rs. 37,999, it competes with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 range and the new Nexus 6P, both of which have excellent cameras. In terms of innovation, the ZenFone Zoom clearly has an edge over the others, but if you look purely at image quality, it doesn’t quite surpass them. The relatively low-resolution display, the older version of Android, weak battery life, and lack of 4K recording are also factors that work against the ZenFone Zoom.

The phone might be a weak contender at its high launch price but it won’t seem so bad when it drops to more reasonable levels. Asus has done a commendable job with the design and build of this phone. Optical zoom on smartphones requires many compromises and that’s one of the reasons that it never really caught on.

It’s a very innovative idea, no doubt, but we feel that having a larger sensor capable of producing better image quality is a better substitute, as you can simply crop and enlarge the image with little loss in quality. The ZenFone Zoom is not Asus’s current flagship; it seems to be more of a one-off attempt to inject something fresh into the company’s lineup before the next generation arrives.


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Motorola Moto G 2015 edition

Motorola Moto G 2015

Following on from Motorola’s bulletins of the new Moto X and Moto G handsets 2014 (and the Moto 360 smartwatch), the expectation has been that Motorola would be releasing an update to the Moto G 2014 version to address the need for 4G in a number of territories.

Watching on the Moto G 2d adaptation handset not too long ago right here on Forbes, I labelled it as being ‘the quantity one smartphone‘:

I’m not pronouncing that the Moto G is the superb smartphone – too many persons have their possess favourite function, so that’s anvirtually impossible target to hit. Neither am I announcing that the Moto G will win in every single round of ‘specification top Trumps’ on the grounds that there are naturally phones with hardware numbers which can be greater than the Moto G.

As an all-round handset, because the handset that is going to be rated as ‘above average’ and ‘exceeds expectations’ in almost each discipline, I cannot seem earlier the Moto G in the present crop of smartphones.

That’s why I’m calling it the quantity one smartphone for 2014.

Optimistically the number one smartphone is set to get a bit bit higher, with the inclusion of 4G and an up to date processor.

At the same time Motorola has but to announce the handset, online benchmarking outcome from Geekbench exhibit a handset called ‘Motorola TBD’ within the record with requirements that will match with an update to the 2014 Moto G. peculiarly this TBD handset has a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 1 GB of RAM. Between them these supply a Geekbench score of 148, marginally larger than the first generation Moto G which clocks in with a ranking of 1142. It’s also worth nothing that the Snapdragon 410 is a sixty four-bit process.

In phrases of running approach, the handset reviews Android four.four.4, even though the expectation would be for the handset to ship, or to be upgraded over the air to Android 5.zero (Lollipop) after launch.

the first Moto G was released round seven months after the primary Moto X handset (and picked up a slight specs upgrade three months after that). If Motorola were to comply with that identical plan, then this variation of the Moto G wouldn’t be expected except late March 2015.

That feels somewhat too far away for me, and it misses a number of predominant events that would force awareness and adoption, akin to chinese language New yr.

on the grounds that benchmarks are appearing now, I’d expect the handset to exhibit up sooner as an alternative than later.

it might additionally signify the primary Lenovo backed handset from Motorola Mobility, and the chinese language enterprise will want to make a big have an impact on with its first handset.

The Moto G household is videoporteiros Motorola’s biggest selling smartphone, identifying up critical acclaim and public acceptance. If the brand new handsets can accumulate earnings to match the first handsets, with a view to furnish a transparent assertion of intent on the future direction of Motorola in the palms of Lenovo.

 

Motorola Moto G 2015

 

Oppo R7 Lite Review

Oppo R7 Lite Review

It’s been a couple of years since Oppo entered the Indian market and since then, the company has managed to capture the attention of buyers with unique smartphones, right from the swivelling camera on the Oppo N1 to India’s first Quad-HD display on the Oppo Find 7. Its most recent launch is the brand new Oppo R7 Lite, a mid-range offering priced at Rs.18,000.

This is a tough segment to compete in, as we have the recently launched OnePlus X, the Gionee Elife S7 (Review | Pictures) from earlier in the year, and the crowd favourite Motorola Moto X Play (Review) – all hovering around the same price point. The R7 Lite is the smaller sibling of the Oppo R7 Plus and our initial impressions of both the phones were on the positive side. Let’s find out if our initial thoughts hold true once we’ve put it through the grind.

Look and feel
The build and finish of the R7 Lite is quite impressive thanks to quality materials used in the construction. The body is made up of a single piece of aluminium that has undergone multiple polishing processes to give it a satin finish. The buttons feel equally premium and have good tactile feedback. Oppo has managed to keep the thickness of the phone down to 6.3mm and it is fairly light too at 143g.

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The display gets a 2.5D arc treatment which means the edges are curved a bit for a smoother feel. In the front, we have a 5-inch HD Amoled display (720×1280) that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The resolution is a bit low when you consider that most offerings in this price bracket now sport full-HD displays. Despite this, the pixel density is sufficiently high so you don’t get any annoying jaggedness in text and icons. Colour reproduction and sunlight legibility are also quite good.

The volume rocker and power buttons are placed on opposite sides. The SIM and microSD card tray sits on the right while the headphone socket and Micro-USB port take their place on the top and bottom respectively. You get a notification LED hidden in the upper left corner. The capacitive buttons at the bottom are sadly not backlit.

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Around the back, we have a 13-megapixel primary shooter, a single LED flash and the speaker at the bottom. To avoid sound getting muffled when the phone is placed on a flat surface, Oppo has added a tiny nub at the bottom which raises it slightly.

The Oppo R7 Lite is very pocketable, which makes single-handed use possible most of the time. It’s incredibly slim and feels very durable despite its dainty looks. The aluminium sides can be slippery but this can be circumvented with the bundled silicon case. It’s a slim cover which is barely noticeable and doesn’t ruin the look of the phone. Also in the box are a charger, a data cable, a SIM ejector tool, manuals, and a headset. The phone is available in gold and silver but there’s no option for a black front facia.

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Specifications and software
The core specifications are very much in line with the Moto X Play. You get an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD card support of up to 128GB, and 4G LTE support. You also get Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG and GPS. There’s no NFC or FM radio. The R7 Lite uses a hybrid Dual-SIM system so you can either have two SIM cards or one SIM and a microSD card.

The Oppo R7 Lite runs Colour OS 2.1 which is a heavily modified skin for Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Not much has changed, visually at least, since we first saw it running on the Oppo N1. There are ton of possible customisations, from transition effects to themes. The notifications shade also gets a new look, and in addition to the usual toggle switches, there’s ‘Eye protection’ to reduce blue light output.

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The stock launcher has a single-layered design so all apps are laid out across multiple screens. Thankfully, Oppo pre-groups all Google apps so the result is not a huge mess. Other apps include Weather, File Manager, Kingsoft Office Suite, and System Update.

Oppo also bundles some of its own apps. O-Cloud lets you back up your contacts and SMSes to the cloud. Security Center consolidates multiple functions such as freeing up memory, data monitoring, blocking contacts, setting privacy permissions for apps, battery saving modes and a do-not-disturb feature. The Settings app contains additional controls for gestures and motion-based shortcuts.

Overall, Colour OS is one of our preferred custom Android solutions. There isn’t a lot of bloatware and most of the pre-installed apps are actually useful.

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Performance
The Oppo R7 Lite is speedy at routine tasks. We didn’t notice any stutter or slow-downs in the animations or when switching between apps. The phone easily handled heavy games such as Dead Trigger 2. Even with rigorous use, the phone would get only slightly warm, and this was with the silicon cover on. Call quality was also good and the R7 Lite easily latched on to 4G networks whenever possible.

We got a score of 34,263 in AnTuTu and 8,735 in 3DMark Ice Storm. GFXbench also returned a satisfying 20fps. Overall, these are pretty decent numbers for this price segment.

The phone also handles media files very well, including our high-bitrate full-HD video file. Colours are rich and vibrant thanks to the Amoled panel. The sound from the rear speaker isn’t great when watching movies or listening to music but is adequate for incoming alerts. The bundled headset isn’t that good either, as the sound is quite weak and the earphones aren’t very comfortable to wear.

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The combination of the camera app and the 13-megapixel sensor makes taking photos great fun. The interface is clean and all the options are neatly hidden away under a single menu button. Focusing speed is good under favourable lighting but it slows down a bit in low light. The phone is also very quick in capturing and saving pictures with minimal shutter lag. Burst mode works well. Our one little niggle is that some of the text and sub-menus don’t change orientation when shooting in landscape mode, which is a little distracting when you’re trying to frame a shot and are forced to turn the phone around again. oppo_r7_lite_cover_sample4_ndtv.jpgShot using Ultra HD mode (Click to see full-size image)
Oppo offers a useful variety of shooting modes which can be really fun to experiment with. Slow Shutter helps you with long exposure shots – you can keep the shutter open for up to 16 seconds. Ultra HD mode lets you output either a 24-megapixel or a 50-megapixel image. Images captured in this mode are smoother than those taken in standard mode, which is handy if you wish to crop portions of them later on. Edges around objects are less harsh without losing much detail which makes it good for landscapes. We recommend shooting at the 24-megapixel setting as the file size isn’t too bloated and there isn’t any noticeable quality difference between this and the higher resolution. There’s another mode which lets you save in RAW format. oppo_r7_lite_cover_sample3_ndtv.jpgShot using Super Macro mode (Click to see full-size image)
Super Macro is yet another useful mode for close up of small objects. Expert Mode gives you manual controls for shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, focus and white balance. Unfortunately, the values of the sliders don’t rotate to landscape mode so you’ll have to use this in portrait.

Video recording maxes out at 1080p and while the quality is good, there’s isn’t any form of electronic stabilisation so even minor movements makes the video very shaky. For video, you only get Time-lapse and Slow-mo. The slow motion video resolution is restricted to 480p.

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Landscapes shots unde natural light are good, especially with Ultra HD mode. The same goes for macro shots, as the camera manages to capture good detail and colours are fairly accurate. However, there’s noticeable noise in pictures taken in low light. Indoor shots under artificial lighting are also not the best as there’s noticeable graininess. The front-facing 8-megapixel camera supports autofocus and captures decent details.

The Oppo R7 Lite manages to deliver very good battery life despite its seemingly low-capacity 2320mAh battery. We got 11 hours and 57 minutes in our video loop test, which is good. With regular use, we easily managed to go up to day and half with a bit of gaming, a few calls, and 4G usage.

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Verdict
The Oppo R7 Lite turned out to be quite a firecracker in a slim package. The aluminium build and overall finish are superb, the display produces rich and vibrant colours, overall system performance is speedy, and it has good battery life as well. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s slim and lightweight. Things which could use some improvement are the camera app and low-light performance. It wouldn’t have hurt to throw in NFC and FM radio. Finally, you have to remember that this is a hybrid Dual-SIM phone, which means a microSD card cannot be used if you insert the second SIM.

Between the Oppo R7 Lite and the Gionee Elife S7, this phone comes across as a better all-rounder. Choosing between the R7 Lite and the Motorola Moto X Play is a little more tricky, because the latter promises timely software updates, a higher resolution display and slightly better all-round performance. However, the Oppo has its slimmer metal body.

The R7 Lite’s display resolution might be inferior to that of the Moto X Play and most other phones in this price segment, but you’ll barely be able to tell the difference in the real world. In this regard, the R7 Lite makes a very good alternative to the Moto X Play.


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Oppo R7 Lite

Oppo R7 Lite

R 18000 4.0

  • Review
  • Key Specs
  • News
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Beautiful design, sturdy build
  • Good battery life
  • Strong overall performance
  • Feature-rich camera app
  • Bad
  • Hybrid Dual-SIM
  • Noisy low-light images
  • No NFC or FM radio

Read detailed Oppo R7 Lite review

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.5GHz

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

2320mAh See full Oppo R7 Lite specifications

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Nubia Z9 Mini

ZTE is among the highest 5 smartphone makers in China. the corporate entered Asian country last year with powerful devices priced sharply to require on the competition. However, it did not rise to abundant prominence because of powerful competition from brands like Xiaomi, Asus, and Motorola. we tend to reviewed one amongst its phones, the ZTE V5 (Review | Pictures), and despite packing powerful hardware, we tend to found that its middling package control it back.

Therefore, we expectit’sa wisecall for the corporate to refocus on a additional premium brand: geographical region. one amongst the smartphones during thisvarycould be a scaled down version of the flagship geographical region Z9 (which comes in 3 variants: Classic, Elite and Exclusive). This mid-range smartphone is termed the geographical region Z9 mini and it’sa very powerful camera. ZTE has additionallyclean up its automaton skin and has put inthe newest version, Nubia UI 2.8, on the Z9 mini. Let’s decide if ZTE is eminent in cleanup up its act.
The geographical area Z9 minidoes not do somethingforceful with the quality candybar stylehowevercontinues to be a strikingly handsome smartphone. it’s notspecifically slim at eight.2mm or light-weight at 147g. However, it feels concerningthe proper size for a phone with a 5-inch screen. Our solely gripe with the planning of the Z9 mini is that it feels alittle uncomfortable to carryas a result of the metal trim running round the edges is raised and creates a ridge, which canpenetrate your palms.

The geographical area Z9 mini is predominately black however has little doses of red wet around to differentiate it from the herd. as an example, the rear camera is encircled by a red ring and therefore the3electrical phenomenon buttons below the showsquare measure backlit in red. higher than the showyou’llnoticealittle slit for the earphone and a front-facing camera. the ability button and therefore the volume rocker sit on the properfringe of the phone. The SIM card receptacle is on the left edge.Located on the lowestsquare measure the Micro-USB port, speaker and mike. The 3.5mm audio port and one moremike lie on the highest. initiallylookit’sjust like the rear is formed of glass howeveressentiallyit’sa particularlyshiny and reflective sheet of plastic which will be removed. Removing the rear cowl reveals the microSD card slot, however the battery is in-built and can’tget replaced.Specifications and computer code ZTE determinedto travel with a one.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm flower 615 SoC that includes Adreno 405 graphics for the geographical area Z9 mini. The phone additionally has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of cupboard space. this may be swollen by up to 128GB employing a microSD card. in addition, the Micro-USB port will act as a number for USB devices.The geographical area Z9 miniincorporates a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX234 detectorand therefore the front camera will shoot 8-megapixel pictures. The phone accepts 2 Nano-SIM cards, one in allwhich mighthook up with 4G networks even on the 2300MHz band thatis employed by Airtel. differentpropertychoicesembody Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth four.0. The battery incorporates a rated capability of 2900mAh.

The 5-inch IPS alphanumeric display screen incorporates a resolution of 1080×1920, thatinterprets to a particularly high element density of 441ppi. The screen is crisp, adequately bright and not overtly saturated. it’sadditionally protected by Corning’s great ape Glass three. However, since it’sterribly reflective the daylight legibility takes a beating. The viewing angles square measure fine although.The phone runs humanoidfive.0.2 (Lollipop) with the geographical area UI two.8 skin on high of it. it’s a praisestyle and default apps have spherical icons. there’s no app drawer and every one apps square measure lined informedthe house screens. the primary home screen is full of shortcuts to specific camera modes and you can not move the other app there. There square measurebit gestures and sensible sensing functions, Associate in Nursing example} you’ll double-tap to unlock the phone and flip it over to mute an incoming decision. there’sadditionallya really laggy split-screen mode that does notadd up on a phone of this size.

The geographical area UI two.8 skin has diluted animations. However, it does not feel polished. The camera app crashed whenwe tend to switched to the high frame rate video mode. Also, there square measure places within the menu with serious grammatical errors. Such problems highlight that the computer code developers haven’t paid attention to little details.

Camera
The geographical area Z9 mini has one in allthe foremost feature-rich camera apps we’ve used with ample manual controls for the creative person. the professional mode permits users to fiddle with ISO, white balance, focus, and therefore the likes. One may use shutter priority and increased depth-of-field detection. The selfie camera incorporates a beauty mode and smile-to-capture perform.

Nubia Z9 Mini

Nubia Z9 Mini

Auto-white balance in low lightweight was fully off howeverthe final performance was pretty good. The camera works in such the simplest way that it pumps up the noise levels however maintains the small print. we tend tolike this to having the small print softened. The 8-megapixel front camera is absolutelysensible for selfies and therefore the details it captures will certainly not cross you. The 1080p video captured by the first camera was average and not a patch on the still image performance of the camera. Overall, we expect the geographical area Z9 mini has in a veryll|one amongst|one in every of} the higher cameras in a smartphone underneath Rs. 20,000.

The geographical area Z9 Mini’s camera performance left U.S.A. pleasantly shocked. we mightadvocate this phone to anyone probing foran excellent camera in an exceedingly smartphone that pricesbut Rs. 20,000. Do bear in mind that the ZTE still must work on a number of kinks within thecomputer codewhichdecision quality isn’t up to the mark either. If you’re willing to appear past those problems, this phone ought to serve you well. Hopefully AN over-the-air update can fix these problemspresently.

We additionallyliked the camera within the Micromax Canvas Selfie (Review | Pictures). All aforesaid and done, we tend tosquare measure glad that phone corporationssquare measure realising that individualsprobing for phones underneath Rs. 20,000 desire a competent camera and square measureathletics to outdo one another.