Nubia continues its on-going effort to bring new phones in India across different price points, and as part of it, the company today announced yet another phone on our soil: the Nubia N2. The N2 was originally unveiled in China a couple of months ago alongside the Nubia M2 and the Nubia M2 Lite (Review). The Nubia N2 is now available for purchase exclusively through Amazon India at the price of Rs 15,999. The device comes in multiple colour variants: Black Gold and Champagne Gold. We used the Nubia N2 ourselves, and based on a limited amount of time we spent with it, here are our initial impressions.
Build & Design
First thing first, the Nubia N2 retains the same old Nubia flavour in terms of looks and offers a home button that has the company’s signature red circle. It doesn’t stand out as much as it would have on the black model though. Nubia has slapped the fingerprint scanner on the home button, which is not clickable. The fingerprint scanner worked flawlessly in our initial impressions. Up front, there are very thick bezels at both the top as well as the bottom, which is common with smartphones available in this price range.
There are rounded edges across the sides due to which the device fits nicely in hand. Although it feels a bit heavy, thanks to a massive 5,000mAh battery packed inside, one-handed usage shouldn’t be troublesome. A 3.5mm headphone jack sits on the top whereas the bottom consists of a USB Type-C port, a primary microphone, and a speaker grill. The right side houses a power button and SIM ejector tray while the left side deals with the volume controller. The phone boasts of a glossy metal unibody design, measuring 7.9 mm in thickness and weighing 180gram.
The Nubia N2 comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel, featuring 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution and 268 pixels packed into every inch. As a result, the phone is expected to be more energy efficient than those relying on LCD panels with full HD resolution. The display has a slightly yellow tint, which is ideal for reading or operating the phone in low light conditions. However, the visibility under direct sunlight is expected to be poor. Since we have not done a thorough testing at the time of writing this, we would like to reserve our opinion about the display performance. The quality of the display is commendable, however, it is somewhat prone to smudges and fingerprints. It could be a result of missing oleophobic coating, though.
As for camera, the Nubia N2 supports a 13-megapixel primary shooter, which is backed by an LED flash and PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) for clear output. In addition, the camera supports Blue Glass IR Filter for compensating colour. We clicked a few indoor pictures in moderate light and the output was acceptable. Similar was the case when we shifted our focus to selfie camera. It comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling, so that you can expect this to offer a justifiable output.
The Nubia N2 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which is disappointing. The phone offers a customised software experience, thanks to the company’s nubia UI 4.0. The UI does not have an app drawer, which is similar to most of the existing custom made Android user interfaces. Although the phone comes with a few third-party apps pre-installed, users can prevent them from eating into their phone’s storage if found unnecessary.
If you have been witnessing a trend lately, a lot of Chinese brands pack in bigger batteries in affordable handsets, and the Nubia N2 is no exception. The main selling point of the Nubia N2 is the 5,000mAh battery, which we are hoping will last two days on a single charge. Whether it stands up to our expectations or not remains to be seen once we put it through an in-depth battery test. For now, we would like to reserve our opinion about the battery performance.
To summarise, the Nubia N2 packs in a 16MP selfie camera that generates considerable output. We couldn’t test the battery performance in our limited time we spent with the device, though. Although Nubia N2 turned out to be quite promising in our initial impressions, we would like to recommend you to wait for our final in-depth review. As mentioned, the phone is retailing in India at Rs 15,999 and it is likely to compete with the likes of similarly priced Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review) and Lenovo P2.