Nubia Z17S – First Impressions

Nubia Z17S

The Nubia Z17S features one of the best looking displays of 2018…

If you’d thought Chinese smartphones had reached their peak…think again! Nubia is known for their beautiful bezel-less phones and the newly released Nubia Z17S is no exception.

The Z17S has a 5.73-inch display, full HD+ resolution, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and comes with a flagship level CPU. What does all this mean? The Z17S has exceptional performance whilst making your old Android phone look like a prop from Space Odyssey 2001.

The Snapdragon 835 will please gamers and power users alike. You can literally load up any app, game or VR title and expect seamless smooth playback.

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Intrigued? I know I am!…Join me as I delve into the details and see what’s under the hood…

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The Good

  • Bezel-less, Edgeless display
  • Powerful Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage
  • Fast charge (Quick charge 4.0) + NFC
  • Dual high-end Sony Cameras


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The Bad

  • No SD card
  • No headphone jack
  • Battery Size


Nubia Z17S Display

Design, Display & Build Quality

The Nubia Z17S is effortlessly stylish with its gold & black glass sandwich design. If you want to turn heads, the Z17S is the phone to do it.

The main feature of this phone is of course…that gigantic bezel-less screen! With a 5.73-inch display (Gorilla Glass Protected) and a 2040 x 1080 resolution the Nubia Z17S is packing an impressive 403 PPI… this is one sexy bezel-less mama!

Nubia has teamed up with Japanese tech leaders NISSHA, to develop a new six layer foil process to implement new technologies within the display itself. The Nubia Z17S is on the bleeding edge!

Screen Tech Specs: 5.73-inch display, 2040 x 1080 resolution, 403 PPI

Colours Available: Black and Gold & Aurora Blue

Nubia Z17S Smartphone Review


Under the hood, the Nubia Z17S has the powerhouse that is… the Snapdragon 835! Which means playing games & having multiple apps open simultaneously is a breeze for this brawny beast.

Coupled with the 835 processor is the Adreno 540 which makes this a gaming dream! Just don’t plan on getting any work done if you’re a fan of VR or 3D titles…

In terms of storage & RAM, there’s 2 different version of the Nubia Z17S depending on your needs. The Black & Gold model has 6GB RAM and 64GB’s of storage whilst the Aurora Blue model has an incredible 8GB RAM and 128GB’s of storage…

Unless your favourite colour is blue? Then you’re going to want to go with the 6GB model as there won’t be much difference performance-wise.

CPU: Snapdragon 835 Processor (MSM8998) 8 cores
GPU: Adreno 540 @ 710MHz
RAM: 6GB / 8GB (LPDDR4X 1866MHz)
Storage: 64GB  / 128GB

Nubia Z17S Camera


If you’re a lover of selfies or can’t stop taking pictures of your food… you’ll love this camera. The dual lens rear camera boasts a high-end Sony lens setup so capturing those trendy Bokeh shots for your Instagram has never been easier!

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Rear Camera:

  • Sony 12MP IMX362 + 23MP IMX318
  • f/1.8 + f/2.0 aperture
  • NeoVision 7.0 Image Processing
  • Sapphire Glass Protection
  • Dual lens


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Front Camera (Selfie time):

  • 5MP + 5MP
  • f/2.2 aperture
  • 80 degrees angle
  • Dual lens


What’s in the box?

Inside your Nubia Z17S box you’ll find: a fast charge plug, USB Type-C cable and a USB type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack converter. The Type-C headphones converter is a nice touch but I recommend you buy a screen protector and case separately to keep that beautiful screen looking flawless!

Nubia Z17S- The Early Verdict

Overall this is a super stylish bezel-less phone which has all the right features you’ve come to expect from a high-end flagship phone.

From the huge amount of RAM and storage available to the powerful CPU and fast charge aspect, this is a serious contender in the edgeless arena…

If you’re looking to upgrade your Android to a bigger screen and more power whilst still having a premium glass sandwich design then the Nubia Z17S would be a great fit for you!

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Nubia Z17S Connectivity

Tech Specs & Connectivity

Looking for the Nubia Z17S Tech Specs? We’ve got you covered in our full details table.

If you’ve got any questions, don’t forget to comment below!

UK Network Coverage? Yes, the Nubia Z17S comes with full UK Support for all carriers.

Nubia Z17S
SmartphoneNubia Z17S
Screen Size5.73 Inches
Pixel Density403
Screen Resolution2040×1080
Screen To Body Ratio81.7%
Screen TechnologyCorning Gorilla Glass, Full Screen LTPS
MaterialGlass sandwich design, metal frame
Colors AvailableBlack or Blue
Storage64GB / 128GB
Processor (CPU)Snapdragon 835 Processor (MSM8998) 8 cores
Graphics (GPU)Adreno 540 @ 710MHz
Android VersionNubia 15.1 System / NeoVision 7.0
IP Rating (Water, dust)NO
Micro-SD Card TrayNO
Notification LED
Finger Print SensorYES rear
USB TypeType C
4G BandsB20 (800MHz) / B8 (900MHz) / B3 (1800MHz) / B1 (2100MHz) / B7 (2600MHz) / B12 (700 MHz) / B19 (800MHz) / B4 (1700MHz) / B5 (850MHz) /  B38 (2600MHz) / B39 (1900MHz) / B40 (2300MHz) / B41 (2500MHz)
3G BandsB1 2100MHz / B8 900MHz /B5  850MHz / B2 1900MHz
2G Bands1800MHz / 1900MHz / 800MHz / 900MHz
SIM SupportDual Nano SIM
WiFi2.4GHz + 5GHz (a / b / g / n / ac )
GPS TechGPS, Glonass, Beidu
Bluetooth Version4.1
SensorsAmbient light, E-compass, Gravity, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Hall Sensor
Battery Size3100mAh
Fast ChargingYES