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.