In 2016, it’s pretty difficult to walk into a shop and buy a new phone that isn’t good enough for daily use. What was formerly a gulf in quality between low-end handsets and the high-end is now a mere leap. After all, is there much the Galaxy S7 Edge does appreciatively different or better than the Moto G?

Indeed, more and more these days it’s about deciding which particular feature you really care about. Want waterproof? Expandable memory? Removable battery? 4K screen? There’s a smartphone with that feature out there for you, but what if you just want an excellent camera without paying the world for it?

11 months ago Nubia took to the stage to announce the Z9 and Z9 Mini, a pair of handsome, well made smartphones which brought good cameras and mid range specifications to Chinese, Latin and European market. Now they’re back with a similar proposition, a direct sequel to the Z9 that skips the 10 and goes straight to 11. Say ‘hello’ to the Z11 Mini.

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The Z11 Mini keeps what so many of us loved about the Z9 in tack. You’ll get the same glass and metal construction in a super thin body (8mm) with tiny bezels and a 5″ 1080p display, but that’s not all.

Inside, you’ll find more standard mid-range smartphone specifications. There’s 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion port, USB C port, a round fingerprint reader on the rear of the device and a Snapdragon 617 processor running a custom version for Android 5.1. Put simply, the Z11 Mini will do pretty much everything you need it to do with enough zip to not annoy. Oh, and it’s got a small 2,800mAh battery, but ZTE say that the Snapdragon 617 processor is efficient enough to ensure two days of usage.

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The real selling point, however, is the camera unit. On the rear we find a 16MP f/2.0 shooter. Or, more specifically, a Sony IMX298. If that sounds familiar, it’s the same camera that the Huawei Mate 8, Oppo R9 Plus, Vivo Xplay5 and Xiaomi Mi 5 have fitted and produces some stunning photographs in a variety of lighting conditions.

Pairing that is a 8MP front facing camera with large 1.4um pixels and a dedicated flash, for those of you who can’t resist a good (or bad) selfie. In addition, there’s a whole litany of shooting modes including some incredibly technical and granular options that you’ll likely never touch.

The phone is available in either white, gold or black, with a range of textured back plates available for improved protection. Nubia are remaining quiet about which countries will be seeing the Z11 Mini, but we know that it’ll cost around £160 when it does land later this month.

Interested? Check out our Chinese smartphone buying guide.

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