Nubia is way different from before in many perspectives this year. In the past Nubia launched Mini and Max smartphones together, this year Nubia launches them respectively in 2 conferences. This is a new norm nowadays when smartphone makers want the conferences to get more spotlight.
And this year Nubia changes Max smartphone so that the Max smartphone is not a bigger Mini any more. Now we are going to revie ZTE Nubia Z11 Max.
Design & Appearance
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max actually looks no big difference from many smartphones, there are probably 20 smartphones similar to ZTE Nubia Z11 Max, featuring glass panel and metal cover. This is not casual in fact, the low cost and the market demand drives smartphones more and more similar to each other in functionality and appearance. Only the red home button can still mark Nubia.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max has size of 159.15*82.25*7.40 mm and weighs 185 grams. So it is a phablet. ZTE Nubia Z11 Max touches very confortable and delivers amazing handheld experiences.
To avoid blocking signal, ZTE Nubia Z11 Max adopts plastic material on the top and bottom which looks noticeably different from the metal chasiss.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max looks also different from Nubia Z11 Mini for the cameras and the fingerprint sensor on the back, though both feature the same IMX298 sensor from Sony.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max features USB Type-C interface, dual sim card dual standby, TF sim card slot, same as Nubia Z11 Mini.
Screen & Display
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max features a 6.0 inches screen of 1080p of Super AMOLED. Though big, ZTE Nubia Z11 Max has been improved to adapt to this, such as single hand operation mode and split view etc.
The split view is made specially for ZTE Nubia Z11 Max , different from those others, because ZTE Nubia Z11 Max supports full screen split view, meaning the UI can be splited into two, and runs independently. As of now, this split view feature is compatible with many 3rd party Apps,and is easy to use.
And it is recommended for some users to use two hands to operate ZTE Nubia Z11 Max due to bigness.
Hardware & Software
To make ZTE Nubia Z11 Max better than Z11 Mini and worse than Z11 – the Nubia future flagship smartphone, ZTE Nubia Z11 Max picks Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 CPU. ZTE Nubia Z11 Max features 4GB Ram and 64GB Rom, much higher improvement in hardware over Z11 Mini.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max runs smoothly and fluidly in the few day test, no panic, and no heatup when gaming. Even when in split view, video chating, text chating and surfing at the same time do not cause panic.
One interesting thing is launching the same App in two splited views is doable now.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max runs V3.9.9 based on Android 5.1.1, a pity to not on Android 6.0, disappointing some usrs.
What is still comforting is the UI is very perfect now.
Bigness is downside and upside at the same time. ZTE Nubia Z11 Max houses a super big battery of 4000 mAh, so that it can work for 18 to 19 hours. When it is in heavy use, it still can work for 16 hours uninterruptedly.
The long battery is not only contributed by big battery, but also by NeoPower 2.0 Power Management System. The NeoPower 2.0 shuts down those auto-start Apps and Services.
In a 5 hour battery life test, ZTE Nubia Z11 Max still remains 40% power, which is outstanding from the similar smartphones.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max supports fast charging technology of QC3.0 so that it takes only 118 minutes to fully charge the big 4000 mAh battery, less by 60 minutes than common charger .
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max features 16MP camera, and runs a photography system NeoVision 5.9 instead of the NeoVision 5.8 on Z11 Mini. NeoVision 5.9 enables real time filters and video editing. ZTE Nubia Z11 Max also functions as a very good selfie smartphone due to the awesome front camera.
Here are a few photos taken by ZTE Nubia Z11 Max, showing the photography performance of ZTE Nubia Z11 Max.
I can see the noticeable differences brought by ZTE Nubia Z11 Max. ZTE Nubia Z11 Max fits the mid range for massive consumers thanks to big screen, metal chasiss and long battery life.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Max impresses me as a big but complete product for solid build quality, big screen, long battery life and awesome photography capability.
Anyway, I still look more forward to Nubia Z11 to come yearend 2016.