* Bright, saturated display
* Impressive camera
* Decent battery performance
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.
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
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.
Performance and camera
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|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.