Smartphone companies are trying to figure out the best way to make a bezel-less, full screen, highest screen to body ratio in a smartphone display. Some of you have seen the smartphones with pop-up cameras like the Oppo Find X, well that’s a thing and it is already on the market competing on all smartphones. With that being said, this phone we will review is the ZTE Nubia Z20, a fullscreen notch-less phone. Is this have a motorized pop-up camera?, No, is this phone have a sliding, rotating camera module? No either. It has a secondary screen on the back, use to take selfies.
Some say that it is over-engineered because of it’s dual-screen and dual side-mounted fingerprint. We can say that it is not over-engineered, it is over-thought. Users might use the secondary camera to only take selfies, that will be the only use of it since most of the time you will be scrolling through the main fullscreen display. And the function of the second fingerprint is when you flip the phone to use the back screen, it still has a fingerprint sensor and is positioned where you are used to opening the phone.
- Php28,800 6GB/128GB
- Php27,300 8GB/128GB
- Php31,000 8GB/512GB.
The ZTE Nubia Z20 is an affordable flagship-level phone, it offers two AMOLED screens, the main screen 6.42 inches FHD+ Curved AMOLED display, the 2nd screen has 5.1 inches 720p AMOLED. The main display has 600 nits max brightness while the back is nearly half, 330 nits. Both screens are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The back is a glass surface prone to fingerprint smudges. On top of the secondary display is a horizontal camera module with a dual flash symmetrical balance design. It is equipped with a triple camera setup,
48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide) PDAF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), 3x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
The main camera can shoot from 4k 60fps up to upscaled 8k Video recording @ 15fps, although it shoots up to 8k it doesn’t have digital stabilization while shooting at 4k.
Still Worth It?
It is powered by Snapdragon 855+ runs in Android 9.0 (Pie) and Nubia UI 7 on top. 6-8GB RAM, 128-512GB Storage in a decent price range. To criticize the battery, 4000mAh with a 27W fast charging, it will not much affect the dual-screen feature because you will not use the 2 screens at the same time. Besides, you might use the 2nd screen for taking selfies only and that’s it. This phone can be called as “affordable flagship killer” of 2019. So the main question is, is it worth the bucks in 2020? For the price you can buy a Huawei P30, it does everything better than the Nubia Z20, but if you like unique features, wow factor, and Always-on display secondary screen, you will like the Z20 a lot. Pros
- Higher Quality Selfies
- Fingerprint convenience
- 4k video recording
- Snapdragon 855+ in a budget
- Not so bright secondary display
- No 3.5mm jack and sdcard slot
The display is impressive, Curve AMOLED is always a different experience. A flagship SoC at a cheap price. The unique functionality of Pressure-sensitive Fingerprint allows you to assign a command. Good battery life and impressive triple camera set-up. This phone is still unique, immersive, head turner, and worth the price even in 2020.
ZTE Nubia Z20 Specs
- Twilight Blue, Diamond Black
- 6.42″ FHD+ Curved AMOLED, 84.7% STB Ratio, 600nits
- 5.1″ 720P AMOLED Secondary Display, 300nits
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front, back)
- 48 MP, f/1.7 (Main) OIS
- 8 MP, f/2.4 3x optical zoom (telephoto)
- 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
- 4320@15fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@1920fps
- Snapdragon 855+
- Adreno 640
- 6GB-8GB RAM, 128GB-512GB Storage
- Android 9.0 (Pie); Nubia UI 7
- Dual fingerprint (side-mounted)
- 4000 mAh
- 27W Fast charging
- UFS 3.0
- USB Type-C