Why this sub Rs 20,000 smartphone deserves your attention.

It’s one of the best cams in its segment (Rs 15K-20K): A 23MP primary shooter sounds formidable. But even the ‘non-geeks’ know that Megapixels don’t always translate into great pictures. This cam gets a serious boost from Sony’s IMX318 Exmor RS lens. It snaps images in a flash and our results in lowlight were quite impressive. A few of the images were a tad ‘noisy’ but overall the cam does a commendable job in most lighting scenarios.

Unedited image clicked in lowlight at Sly Granny, Bengaluru

It’s got the looks: crafted in aircraft grade aluminium with clean lines. This phone actually feels good in your hands. The minimalist UI (we also like that there’s very little bloatware) complements the phone’s design language. And yet the ‘Mini’ suffix for a device with a 5.2-inch screen (1080 x 1920 pixels/424 PPI) doesn’t quite ring right.

Unedited shot clicked at Va Pho Chennai in lowlight

It’s well kitted: and powered by a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (Octa-core, 64 bit) 2.0Ghz processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There’s 64GB of internal storage (extendable up to 200GB). The device was blazing fast in our tests.

Edited food shot clicked in lowlight at the 601, The Park, Chennai

The battery is seriously robust: a 3000 mAh under the hood with Nubia’s proprietary ‘NeoPower’ technology deliver a solid battery performance. You won’t need to look for a charging port at 5 pm at work.

If you’re in the market for a sub Rs 20,000 smartphone, LTE’s Nubia Z11 MiniS definitely merits consideration. It ticks two key boxes that matter for most consumers – Battery and Camera, and backs it up with a solid hardware package for a compelling price tag of Rs 16,999/-


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