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Nubia Z18 With Waterdrop-Shaped Display Notch, Dual Cameras Launched


ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia has expanded its portfolio by launching the new Nubia Z18 smartphone in China. This smartphone comes months after the Nubia Z18 Mini, which was launched in April this year. It adopts the new trend of a waterdrop-shaped display notch, a horizontally stacked dual camera setup, and has been launched in varied colour options. There’s no word on its availability in international markets as of now. This comes after Nubia unveiled its Alpha wearable smartphone at IFA 2018, where it also confirmed that the Red Magic Gaming smartphone is coming to India as well.

Nubia Z18 price, availability
Coming back to the newly launched Nubia Z18, the smartphone is priced at CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 29,300) for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, and CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,600) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model. The smartphone will be available in China from September 11 in Deep Dark Night and Nebula Red colour options. Alternatively, there’s also a Van Gogh Starry Night Collector’s Edition launched alongside for a CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs.37,700) price tag. The Nubia Z18 will be available on the company website, Jingdong Mall, Suning Easy to buy, and Tianmao Mall.

Nubia Z18 specifications
As for specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) Nubia Z18 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (based on Nubia UI 6.1). It sports a 5.99-inch (1080×2160 pixels) display with 96 percent colour saturation and 96 percent NTSC colour gamut. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM options. Internal storage is at 64GB and 128GB options, with no option to expand further storage.

As for optics, the dual camera setup has one 16-megapixel sensor and another 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.6 aperture on both lenses. It comes with dual-LED flash support, AI scene recognition, 960fps slow payback, anti-shake technology, PDAF, and NeoVision 8.0. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and it comes with self-portrait beauty feature.

The Nubia Z18 packs a 3,450mAh battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and 4G LTE. The smartphone measures at 148.58×72.54×8.55mm, and it weighs 172 grams. Sensors on board include light sensing, acceleration, compass, gyroscope, and fingerprint sensor (rear).

ZTE Nubia Z18


Release date September 2018
Launched in India No
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 148.58 x 72.00 x 8.55
Weight (g) 172.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3450
Removable battery No
Colours Deep Dark Night, Nebula Red


Screen size (inches) 5.99
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 428


Processor 1.2GHz octa-core
Processor make Snapdragon 845
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No


Rear camera 16-megapixel (f/1.6) + 24-megapixel (f/1.6)
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Dual LED
Front camera 8-megapixel (f/2.0)


Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo
Skin Nubia UI 6.0


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
SIM Type Nano-SIM


Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes