Dual lens cameras are mainly reserved for high-end smartphones right now, but Chinese phone maker ZTE decided to bring this setup into its own budget-friendly phone.
The company, under its sub-brand Nubia, just announced the Nubia Z17 Mini, featuring a dual lens camera setup, the first for a mid-range smartphone in the market right now.
Those rear dual cameras work just like the Leica-engineered dual cameras on the Huawei P10; one RGB sensor and one monochrome to capture depth and create that soft background effect. But while the P10’s dual cameras are uneven in terms of megapixels, the Nubia phone rocks twin 13-megapixel f/2.2 sensors.
The nubia Z17 Mini’s front camera is also pretty impressive. It uses a larger 16-megapixel camera and f/2.0 aperture. So technically speaking, the selfie camera on the Z17 Mini should take better quality images than the rear-facing ones.
But since this is a mid-range phone, don’t expect the specs inside to be equally impressive. The Z17 Mini ships in two configurations, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM for the lower-spec model, and a Snapdragon 653 chip with 6GB of RAM for the other. Both will have 64GB of expandable storage.
This Android-powered phone has a 5.2-inch display running at Full-HD 1080p resolution.
Also this phone probably won’t make it to our shores anytime soon, as ZTE is eyeing Europe and India for the Nubia Z17 Mini. Your best bet is to get them straight from China, where they are sold for 1,699 Yuan (B$345) for the 4GB RAM variant and 1,999 Yuan (B$406) for the 6GB.
So if you must have a dual lens camera setup on your phone but are on a really tight budget, the Nubia Z17 Mini may be your only option for now.