ZTE s sub-brand Nubia has launched its new flagship smartphone Z18 in its home country of China. Packed with top-of-the-line hardware and featuring a premium design, the Z18 is available in two configurations and a third special edition.
Powering Nubia Z18 is Qualcomm s flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6/8GB of RAM and 64/128GB of RAM. There is, however, no memory card slot. The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch FullHD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The side-bezels are non-existent, while there are minimal bezels on the top and bottom. The smartphone also has a circular, Essential Phone-style notch, which is fairly unobtrusive.
For imaging, the Z18 features a dual-camera system at the back. It s comprised of a 24-megapixel (f/1.6) module and a 16-megapixel (f/1.6) module, complete with OIS, dual-pixel PDAF, and two-tone dual-LED flash. There s also an 8-megapixel (f/2.0) front-facing shooter for handling selfies and video calls. The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, with Nubia 6.0 UI overlay baked on top.
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As expected from a 2018 flagship, Nubia Z18 has all modern connectivity options, but sadly no 3.5mm audio port. However, there is support for DTS-HD sound. Backing up the whole package is a sizeable 3,450mAh battery, with Quick Charge 4.0 support.
The two configurations (available in either Red or Black color) of ZTE Nubia Z18 6GB RAM/64GB storage and 8GB RAM/128GB storage are priced about 350 Euros and 415 Euros, respectively. Apart from these, there s a third van Gogh special edition that costs 450 Euros. The special edition comes with a back panel adorned with the colors and style of Vincent van Gogh s famous Starry Night oil on canvas.
There s no word when (or if) the Z18 will be launched outside of China.