Nubia is pretty new to the Android world, but its parent company should be a familiar face: Nubia was spun off as an independent brand back in 2015 but continues to maintain a close relationship with ZTE. Since then, the Chinese company has launched a few phones ranging from its flagship device Nubia Z11 to more affordable phones like the N1 Lite. And now, Nubia is adding a few more to its portfolio, namely the Nubia M2, Nubia M2 Lite, and the Nubia N2, all headed for the Chinese market.
Nubia M2, the high-end of the three
First is the Nubia M2, which boasts the best specs out of the three. But it’s by no means a flagship-status device. Boasting a dual-lens set-up that resembles that of the iPhone 7 Plus, the Nubia M2 has one 13-megapixel RGB sensor and another 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, protected by sapphire glass. On the front is a 16-megapixel selfie-shooter.
Also on the front is a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen with a physical home button that works as a fingerprint sensor. The phone is powered by a mid-range octacore Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4GB of RAM, and although the battery is not user removable, the 3,630mAh capacity should last you through the day. Unfortunately, the phone will ship with Android Marshmallow out of the box. Other features include a TAS2555 audio chip for Hi-Fi sound and Dolby Sound support as well as NeoPower fast-charging technology through a USB Type-C port.
The 64GB will be 2,699 Yuan (around $390) and 128GB will be 2,999 Yuan (around $430).
Nubia M2 Lite, without the dual-lens camera
The Nubia M2 Lite, as the name suggests, is a “lighter” version of the regular M2. It doesn’t have a dual-lens set-up but instead features one single-lens 13-megapixel sensor. The front camera stays the same at 16 megapixels though.
The phone has a 5.5-inch IPS display of HD resolution and is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P10 octacore processor. There are two configurations available, as is usually the case with Chinese OEMs: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage or 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. There is a 3,000mAh battery as well as a microSD slot. Curiously, however, the Nubia M2 Lite is said to run Android Nougat out of the box whereas its higher-end sibling will run Marshmallow.
Curiously, however, the Nubia M2 Lite is said to run Android Nougat out of the box whereas its higher-end sibling will run Marshmallow.
The M2 Lite will be on sale for 1,799 Yuan or around $260.
Nubia N2, featuring the same 5,000mAh battery
The Nubia N2 is a slight upgrade from last year’s Nubia N1 in terms of specs.
The Nubia N2 is a slight upgrade from last year’s Nubia N1 in terms of specs. The screen size and resolution stay the same, but this time around, it’s an AMOLED panel. The rear camera is the same sensor found on the Nubia N1, but the front-facing camera is now a 16-megapixel shooter.
It’s powered by an unspecified MediaTek octacore chipset (though my guess would be this is the same Helio P10 processor found on the N1), coupled with 4GB of RAM. But of course, just like last year’s model, the biggest differentiating factor is its humongous 5,000mAh battery, which apparently can give you a whopping 60 hours of talk time.
The N2 will be priced at 1,999 Yuan or around $290.
These devices will come in either Black or Gold and will ship starting April 8th. Unfortunately, it looks like the company has no plans to introduce them in markets other than China at the moment.
Unfortunately, it looks like the company has no plans to introduce them in markets other than China at the moment.