Nubia M2 Lite review: Enough to create a buzz

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Top Features

* Bright, saturated display
* Impressive camera
* Decent battery performance

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Nubia M2 Lite

India is among the most price-sensitive smartphone markets globally. The cost plays an important role in the brand’s sales numbers in the country. This is one reason that smartphone brand Nubia, which for now has limited offerings in the entry-level segment, is still struggling to gain a foothold in India. In past few months, the company, which is a sub-brand of Chinese tech firm ZTE, has launched some mid-range and upper-mid range smartphones. One of these the Nubia M2 Lite smartphone.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Nubia M2 Lite

Launched recently, the smartphone is Nubia’s another shot in the highly-competitive lower-mid segment. Given the price tag of Rs 13,999/$217, the handset rivals offerings from Motorola and other Chinese brands such as Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.

At the smartphone’s launch the handset maker said that the M2 Lite is youth-oriented because of its mix of beauty and performance. Although the Nubia M2 Lite specifications and features look convincing on paper, we gave it a try in real life by testing it for over a week. And here’s what we think about it.

Design and display

We received the Black-Gold colour variant of the Nubia M2 Lite, which is an unusual combination but doesn’t look awkward. In the past too we have come across smartphones in the same colour since Apple launched Jet Black variant of its iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The smartphone’s screen bezels are Jet Black and so are the sides and the back. The back panel has a polished surface (not glossy) with a red camera rim and ‘Nubia’ logo at the centre in dull Gold, all of which looks elegant. What adds to the tenacious design are the dual-diamond cut borders with shining gold rims running across the edges.

One drawback, however, is that the polished black metal surface unfortunately attracts fingerprint smudges, which doesn’t get off easily. But the colour itself is so deep that one will still manage to live with it. And since there’s a 2.5D Glass coating in the front, expect a few minor scratches to show up within days if you’re not using a cover or a screen guard.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Nubia M2 Lite

That said, the M2 Lite is not really heavy and should be easy to operate with one hand, most of the times. We won’t give it a high score when it comes to sturdiness as the front and sides look prone to scratches and light drop marks.

To give you an overall essence of its Nubia M2 Lite’s design, the smartphone has a front-facing camera along with ambient light sensors and proximity sensors placed on the left side of the speaker grille above the display. There are two backlit capacitive home buttons below the screen for multi-tasking and going one page back. The Home button (non-pressable) embeds a fingerprint scanner as well. The volume rockers can be found on the left side, while the hybrid SIM card slot and power buttons are on the right. Below, you can find a micro-USB port, mono speaker and a 3.5mm headphone port.

The display of Nubia M2 Lite is one of its strong points. The colours are really saturated (sometimes over saturated) and give you a decent level of vibrancy whether you are viewing a movie on it or shooting a video or an image. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) TFT display with pixels per inch of 267ppi, which doesn’t really sound impressive but is when you use it in real life, at least in the given price point.

You even have an inbuilt option in the M2 Lite from where you can select the vibrancy level of the screen. You can choose between three options — Glow, Standard and Soft. Glow makes the screen more saturated with popping colours. There’s a possibility of changing the Hue and overall tone of the screen as well from inside the Settings app. A downside of a saturated display is that it won’t show you real colours while capturing an image.

The colours are more or less accurate if you look at the display from various angles and the readability under direct sunlight is also decent. What we would’ve appreciated was the inclusion of a Blue Light filter, which can be found in some handsets that fall around the same price tag. Nonetheless, the overall display performance gets a thumbs up from us.

Performance and camera

Talking about the performance, the Nubia M2 Lite is capable of handling all the basic day-to-day operations and in some cases capable of handling them quite well. What powers the device is an octa-core MediaTek MT6750, which launched in first half of last year. However, the glitches show up when you push the limits of it’s processing power, which includes multitasking with apps that constantly require internet connectivity or heavy, graphic-intensive games. The 4GB RAM too helps take some load off from the processor when handling power-consuming applications. The graphics is handled by the Mali T860 MP2 GPU.

But heavy apps that are downloaded are not the only reason why the stuttering comes into play. There are a handful of pre-installed apps as well such as Kika Keyboard, News Republic and Google Chrome, Play Music, Play TV, Maps, Gmail, Photos, Duo and Drive. Besides this, the handset also has its own similar apps such as Notes, Email, Calendar and Browser. Out of these, fortunately you can uninstall Kika Keyboard app and the News Republic, which will save some space.

The Nubia M2 Lite runs Nubia UI version 4.0, which is built over the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Don’t expect to get Android 7.0 Nougat as there is no confirmation from the Chinese tech firm. We would’ve appreciated if the handset came with Android N out of the box, now that Google has already introduced Android O. This would’ve given Motorola handsets in the same price points a run for their money. So with ‘Marshmallow’ you will not only be missing out on some vital features but your handset will also be prone to certain bugs that were fixed with Android N.

The Nubia UI v4.0 in particular seems heavy, specially when features like split screen, Dual instance and Edge features are activated. For those who are not aware, the Dual Instance application feature enables you to create a clone of some apps and access a different account in it. Some of the apps supported are Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Facebook and WhatsApp. This could prove to be very useful at times.

What probably impressed us were the Edge Features that are baked inside the UI. Using these, you can move a page back, clear apps running the background, control screen brightness by simply swiping on the edge of the display. These can be activated under the ‘Settings’ page.

The Nubia M2 Lite’s fingerprint sensor was really quick and worked every time without fail. Setting it up is a cake walk. On the storage front, the handset comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, of which users actually get around 24GB for apps and storing other content. There’s a slot for a microSD card so the limited inbuilt space shouldn’t be a worry.

The MediaTek processor with 4GB RAM and Mali GPU were unfortunately not able to deliver decent results in Antutu and GeekBench benchmarks. In AnTuTu the Nubia M2 Lite received a low 40829 score, while in GeekBench it received 601 and 2446 in single core and multicore departments respectively.

Nubia ever since the launch of its M2 Lite has been marketing it as the ‘Stylish Selfie’ smartphone everywhere. And the camera indeed matched our level of expectation. The smartphone’s 13MP rear camera with CMOS sensor and f/2.2 aperture is quick to capture images but understandably takes a few milliseconds more to capture HDR shots.

The overall camera interface and experience is nothing eye-popping per say but it might get your appreciation once you see the results. The images clicked are sharp, saturated and have less noise while shooting in low-light scenarios. The UI certainly has an uncanny resemblance with that of an iPhone’s but fortunately in some cases the differences show up, reminding you know that there does exists some uniqueness inside the device.

You can access the Camera Family mode, Pro mode, Photo, Video record and Pretty mode by swiping from left to right and vice version on the screen. These options are placed on one side of the display along with the shutter button, one-touch access to the gallery and filters. On the other side of the display are options to switch to selfie mode, set timer, enable/disable inbuilt LED flash, enable/disable HDR mode and access the settings options from where you can tweak the aspect ratio, geo-tag, face detection, shutter sound, video-capturing resolution and more. The options are pretty nifty and easy to access right from the camera home screen.

Besides sporting the company’s home-grown NeoVision 6.0 camera technology, the M2 Lite’s camera Settings options also includes the ability to toggle the Intelligent noise reduction, Dynamic zoom, Snapshot, nubia water mark and Snapshot mirror.

The front-facing camera proved to be slightly better than the front-facing cameras featured in competing handsets. The selfie shots taken in low or artificial lights were not as disappointing as we expected. The 16MP CMOS sensor with 5P Lens, f/2.0 aperture, 79.8-degree wide angle and skin retouching 2.0 tech does a fine job in capturing the subject with enough light and with as much sharpness as possible. The colour reproduction too was convincing and at par with some respectable mid-rangers out there. In low light the handset even tries to fill extra light by increasing the screen’s brightness and using the front-facing flash at the same time.

After the display and the camera, the battery department completes the triangle of plus points in the Nubia M2 Lite. The handset on a single charge can run for around 12 hours. This is however on light usage, which includes streaming music for few hours, staying connected to the Wi-Fi and working on couple of apps. Mid and heavy users might inevitably end up searching for the charger by the end of the day.

If you want, you can also save the smartphone’s 3000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery by activating the Power Saving Modes – Smart power-saving mode and Low power mode. The former balances the hardware and software power consumption, extending the operation time while the latter turns off the sound and degrades the frequency on the search network, saving a great deal of battery. There are also options to toggle the CPU power saver, Screen powersaver, Network turn on/off and the vibration feedback on touch for low power consumption. What’s appreciable is the inclusion of fast charging support.

Verdict

The Nubia M2 Lite successfully makes itself stand out on camera and the display fronts. These two factors can tilt the balance in its favour in the budget smartphone market. The handset’s battery backup is decent and light-average users should be able to pull it off for around 12 hours straight before plugging it back.

Nubia M2 Lite
VS
Moto G5
Octa core PERFORMANCE Octa core
5.5″ (13.97 cm) DISPLAY 5.0″ (12.7 cm)
32 GB STORAGE 16 GB
13 MP CAMERA 13 MP
3000 mAh BATTERY 2800 mAh
4 GB RAM 3 GB

Although the processor gets a mixed reaction from us, it’s Edge features do come in handy and could be really very useful at times. As for the design, we appreciated the company’s efforts to make the M2 Lite look premium. But frankly speaking, the design could go either ways depending on the consumer’s taste.

All in all, priced at Rs 13,999 we think the M2 Lite does a fine job in bringing the Nubia brand into spotlight. The company has been launching budget smartphones in the country from quite some time but we think it is yet to get it’s fair share of recognition. Offering smartphones that go in direct competition with the Moto G series or the Xiaomi Redmi series, will definitely help the brand. And launching feature-rich devices at aggressive price tags can indeed make them surpass its competitors in future.

SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY
performance Octa core
display 5.5″ (13.97 cm)
storage 32 GB
camera 13 MP
battery 3000 mAh
ram 4 GB
SPECIAL FEATURES
fingerprint sensor position Front
other sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
fingerprint sensor Yes
GENERAL
operating system Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)
sim slots Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
model Nubia M2 Lite
launch date May 9, 2017 (Expected)
custom ui nubia UI 4.0
brand Nubia
sim size SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
fingerprint sensor Yes
MULTIMEDIA
loudspeaker Yes
audio jack 3.5 mm
PERFORMANCE
chipset MediaTek MT6750
graphics Mali-T860 MP2
processor Octa core, 1.5 GHz, Cortex A53
architecture 64 bit
ram 4 GB
DESIGN
build material Case: MetalBack: Metal
thickness 7.5 mm
width 76.7 mm
weight 164 grams
height 155.7 mm
colours Black, Gold
DISPLAY
display type TFT
screen to body ratio 69.67 %
pixel density 267 ppi
screen size 5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
screen resolution HD (720 x 1280 pixels)
touch screen Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
STORAGE
internal memory 32 GB
expandable memory Yes Up to 128 GB
CAMERA
settings Exposure compensation, ISO control
aperture 2.0 F
camera features Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
image resolution 4128 x 3096 Pixels
sensor BSI Sensor
autofocus Yes
shooting modes Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
resolution 16 MP Front Camera
optical image stabilisation No
flash No
video recording 1920×1080 @ 30 fps
BATTERY
user replaceable No
standby time Up to 288 Hours(3G)
talktime Up to 21 Hours(3G)
type Li-Polymer
capacity 3000 mAh
NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
wifi Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
wifi features Mobile Hotspot
bluetooth Yes v4.0
volte Yes
usb connectivity microUSB 2.0
nfc No
network support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gps Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 1 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim size SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
sim 2 4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

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