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2 GB Nubia Z11 Mini 5" 1080p 4G LTE Dual SIM Unlocked GSM Android Smartphone (NX529J) + clear case $141AC@Newegg

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Looks like it would be a great deal if it had a slightly better processor (Snapdragon 617, since OP didn't mention it). Still not a bad deal, but by no means slick, considering it's priced similarly to a regular price Moto G4.
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I believe the Moto G4 has an SD617 as well. However, this has 3GB of RAM (vs 2GB for the G4) and a 5" form factor (vs 5.5") with a 1080p screen.

I'm just not so sure about Nubia. But for $141, its not bad.
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This phone has only LTE 1, 3, 7 bands which are none of tmobile or AT&T LTE bands (4, 2, 17, etc. ).
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Quote from camucz
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This phone has only LTE 1, 3, 7 bands which are none of tmobile or AT&T LTE bands (4, 2, 17, etc. ).
Actually, this is the US version of the (ZTE) Nubia Z11 Mini. Nubia released two phones in the US with US bands, the Z11 mini and N1 Lite, with the Z11 Mini being the better of the two phones.

Bands supported by the US version of the Z11 Mini are:
2G Band B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
3G Band B2 / B4 / B5
4G Band B2 / B4 / B5 / B12 / B17

US Website: http://www.nubia.com/us/phones/Z11mini/
US Support: http://www.nubia.com/us/support.p...hone&pid=9

The hardware and size (if you like small phones) is solid (better than Blu's stuff in my opinion if you want a cheap unlocked spare phone with US 4G band support). What's not great are the security updates and Android version. The U.S. version is still on Nubia UI 4.0 (based on Marshmallow 6.0.1). It's last ROM is version 1.15 (January 2017). In contrast, the Chinese ROM is on V2.07 (January 2018), and India on V2.06 (November 2017). Not sure if these come with the back-ported Nubia UI 5.0 (which was promised) or not. I believe V2.x ROMs are still Android 6.0. You can (with a lot of heavy lifting), jump to a 3rd-party ROM (an unofficial XenonHD 7.1.2 port seems to be popular), but 3rd party ROMs do not (as far I know) support things like DTS or VoLTE. You can also flash a foreign ROM, but then you have to also flash back off the proper US radio and region settings, and possibly Google Apps support as well depending on the region.

So consider this as perhaps a better spec'ed alternative to something like the old (and quite popular) Honor 5X (which is still running on Marshmallow, with the January 1, 2017 security patch). The Honor 5X has the advantage of full "official" LineageOS support and a couple of other ROMs too. All 3rd party ROMs for the Nubia are "unofficial". That said, with an extra GB of RAM, double the built-in memory, DTS support, Sony camera sensors, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB-C the Nubia Z11 mini is relatively future proof from a hardware perspective. It's just a bit of mess on the software side. Still for $140 after coupon, it looks like a decent phone as long as you are fine with either Marshmallow, or a bit of hacking.

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So, I just pulled the trigger on this deal (as I am in need of a temporary/backup phone).

The coupon actually knocks $25 off of $159.99 (through Friday, 1/25). That made the phone just $134.99 with free case and free shipping.

Not bad for a spare phone (I only wish the OS and UI were better). Hopefully this gets me through until these hardware features and Oreo finally start trickling down to mid-range and budget phones. I looked at multiple Nougat budget devices with US 4G bands (Blu, Doogee, even the old Axon 7 Mini), but nothing out there had specs like the Z11 mini (802.11ac, VoLTE, DTS, etc.) in this price range (and size). Hopefully the QC is good on my copy.

Thanks for posting the deal.
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I would like to know how's the camera compare to honor 6x or 7x?
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I would like to know how's the camera compare to honor 6x or 7x?
Until I get mine, I can only say from online samples that, in good light, I personally like the rendering better from the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini over the Honor phones. That said, the Honor phones appear to do better in low light and a more broader variety of conditions based on early reviews. So, over all, I would give the slight edge to the Honor 6x and 7x, but the 16mp on the Z11 mini does seem alright.

I looked at the two Honor phones as my next back up phone (since I'm on an Honor 5x and like it), but they just had too many compromises in other areas. Nice size, nice screens, nice cameras, but single-band 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi? Micro-USB I can still kind of forgive (it's still easier to find a micro cable when you need one), but not the slow Wi-Fi. My 5x feels faster on 4G than on Wi-Fi.

My Honor 5x has been a reliable workhorse, but I just did not see the 6x or 7x as much of an upgrade. The 6x was pretty much the same as the 5x with two main updates, the jump to 3GB/32GB and dual cameras. The 7x just moves to the new 18:9 screen and grows in size a little because if it. So, again, I just did not see enough upgrades in the 6x/7x series to go there. If they just pushed to at least 5GHz 802.11n and added USB-C, I would have probably gone that route. Additionally, it's increasingly annoying how the rest of the world gets 4GB/64GB versions and the U.S. gets 3GB/32GB on the same models... perhaps that's to force buyers into the mid-tier phones.

So, for $135 I'm moving sideways (in terms of OS version) in order to get 802.11ac dual-band, VoLTE calling, a better camera than the Honor 5x, USB-C, DTS audio, all in a much, much smaller package. I did (after a while) really learn to like EMUI on the Honor (which apparently was made better on the 8, 6x, and 7x when the app drawer was added with Android 7 -- unfortunately, the Honor 5x never got that update). So, I should be just fine on Nubia UI (which also lacks an app drawer).

Still the Nubia is a 2+ year old phone. It's stuck on Android 6.0.1 (with no updates in the US version since January of last year), so the Honors do win some points for OS and updates.
  • $135: Nubia Z11 mini - Marshmallow; with no more updates?.
  • $180: Honor 6x - Nougat; no more updates (beside security?)
  • $200: Honor 7x - Nougat; with announced update Oreo "soon" (Spring 2018)
  • $250: Moto G5 Plus (4GB) - Nougat; Oreo announced (and pushing "soon")
The Moto G5 Plus 4GB/64GB version (strangely it's either 2GB or 4GB with that one; there is no 3GB middle ground) is still probably the best budget phone whenever it pops on sale for $225 from time to time (at its current $250 it's still decent). It's camera is decent (middle of the road, much like the other 3 mentioned in this thread). It's also stuck on micro-USB.

The Moto G6 is rumored to drop at MWC in a month, but early reports have Moto dropping down the SD 4xx series (likely to differentiate it from X4 which uses the current SD630). That is kind of a bummer for budget shoppers. The Nokia 6 (2018 edition) meanwhile, upgrades from the under-powered SD430 to a SD630. If it retains the original's $230 price point, that is probably a budget snapper worth a looking at in 2018.

Options are slim right now for a budget phone (sub $250) with a solid snapper and features. Hopefully 2018 will bring more options as the year progresses. With MWC around the corner we should see new things and bargains on the older models.
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