If you want your smartphone to stand out, you must deliver on no-nonsense features and the best possible specifications. ZTE’s Nubia Z17 delivers on both, introducing Qualcomm’s latest fast-charging technology and possibly the best set of specs we’ve seen on an Android.
In an unusual move, Qualcomm granted ZTE the right to unveil its Quick Charge 4+ tech, which is a mild upgrade to its predecessor, Quick Charge 4. The newest version lowers the operating temperature, charges 15 percent faster, and is up to 30 percent more efficient — perfect for topping up the Nubia Z17’s 3200mAh battery.
This is made possible by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, which originally came with Quick Charge 4 when it launched last year. On top of the Nubia Z17 being the first to bring the new charging standard to the masses, it’s also just the second to have a generous 8GB of memory. (The yet-to-ship ASUS ZenFone AR is the first.)
That’s impressive for a China-branded phone that didn’t have much hype surrounding it. Other than that, this Android handset settles for more common specifications: a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display, up to 128GB of internal storage, a dual-camera setup at the back, and oh-so-vital water resistance. Its only real drawback is the exclusion of a 3.5mm audio port.
As expected, only residents in China are fortunate enough to get their hands on this. It has excellent bang for one’s buck, retailing for CNY 2,799 ($410) for the variant owning 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage, and CNY 3,999 ($590) for the more capable version using 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage.
The Nubia Z17’s closest competition for that price and feature set is Xiaomi’s Mi 6, which also hasn’t been internationally available since its launch yet.