NEW DELHI: India is among the many most price-sensitive smartphone markets globally. The fee performs an vital position within the model’s gross sales numbers within the nation. That is one motive that smartphone model Nubia, which for now has restricted choices within the entry-level section, continues to be struggling to achieve a foothold in India. In previous few months, the corporate, which is a sub-brand of Chinese language tech agency ZTE, has launched some mid-range and upper-mid vary smartphones. One among these the Nubia M2 Lite smartphone.
Launched lately, the smartphone is Nubia’s one other shot within the highly-competitive lower-mid section. Given the value tag of Rs 13,999, the handset rivals choices from Motorola and different Chinese language manufacturers akin to Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.
On the smartphone’s launch the handset maker mentioned that the M2 Lite is youth-oriented due to its mixture of magnificence and efficiency. Though the Nubia M2 Lite specs and options look convincing on paper, we gave it a attempt in actual life by testing it for over every week. And here is what we give it some thought.
Design and show
We obtained the Black-Gold color variant of the Nubia M2 Lite, which is an uncommon mixture however does not look awkward. Previously too we have now come throughout smartphones in the identical color since Apple launched Jet Black variant of its iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The smartphone’s display screen bezels are Jet Black and so are the perimeters and the again. The again panel has a cultured floor (not shiny) with a crimson digicam rim and ‘Nubia’ emblem on the centre in uninteresting Gold, all of which appears elegant. What provides to the tenacious design are the dual-diamond reduce borders with shining gold rims working throughout the perimeters.
One disadvantage, nonetheless, is that the polished black steel floor sadly attracts fingerprint smudges, which does not get off simply. However the color itself is so deep that one will nonetheless handle to reside with it. And since there is a 2.5D Glass coating within the entrance, anticipate just a few minor scratches to indicate up inside days for those who’re not utilizing a canopy or a display screen guard.
That mentioned, the M2 Lite is just not actually heavy and must be straightforward to function with one hand, a lot of the occasions. We cannot give it a excessive rating relating to sturdiness because the entrance and sides look liable to scratches and lightweight drop marks.
To provide you an general essence of its Nubia M2 Lite’s design, the smartphone has a front-facing digicam together with ambient mild sensors and proximity sensors positioned on the left facet of the speaker grille above the show. There are two backlit capacitive dwelling buttons under the display screen for multi-tasking and going one web page again. The House button (non-pressable) embeds a fingerprint scanner as properly. The amount rockers will be discovered on the left facet, whereas the hybrid SIM card slot and energy buttons are on the fitting. Under, yow will discover a micro-USB port, mono speaker and a 3.5mm headphone port.
The show of Nubia M2 Lite is certainly one of its sturdy factors. The colors are actually saturated (generally over saturated) and offer you a good degree of vibrancy whether or not you’re viewing a film on it or taking pictures a video or a picture. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) TFT show with pixels per inch of 267ppi, which does not actually sound spectacular however is while you use it in actual life, no less than within the given value level.
You even have an inbuilt choice within the M2 Lite from the place you may choose the vibrancy degree of the display screen. You may select between three choices — Glow, Normal and Mushy. Glow makes the display screen extra saturated with popping colors. There is a chance of fixing the Hue and general tone of the display screen as properly from contained in the Settings app. A draw back of a saturated show is that it will not present you actual colors whereas capturing a picture.
The colors are roughly correct for those who have a look at the show from varied angles and the readability underneath direct daylight can be respectable. What we might’ve appreciated was the inclusion of a Blue Mild filter, which will be present in some handsets that fall across the similar price ticket. Nonetheless, the general show efficiency will get a thumbs up from us.
Efficiency and digicam
Speaking concerning the efficiency, the Nubia M2 Lite is able to dealing with all the fundamental day-to-day operations and in some instances able to dealing with them fairly properly. What powers the system is an octa-core MediaTek MT6750, which launched in first half of final yr. Nonetheless, the glitches present up while you push the boundaries of it is processing energy, which incorporates multitasking with apps that continually require web connectivity or heavy, graphic-intensive video games. The 4GB RAM too helps take some load off from the processor when dealing with power-consuming functions. The graphics is dealt with by the Mali T860 MP2 GPU.
However heavy apps which might be downloaded are usually not the one motive why the stuttering comes into play. There are a handful of pre-installed apps as properly akin to Kika Keyboard, Information Republic and Google Chrome, Play Music, Play TV, Maps, Gmail, Pictures, Duo and Drive. Apart from this, the handset additionally has its personal related apps akin to Notes, E mail, Calendar and Browser. Out of those, luckily you may uninstall Kika Keyboard app and the Information Republic, which is able to avoid wasting house.
The Nubia M2 Lite runs Nubia UI model 4.zero, which is constructed over the Android 6.zero Marshmallow. Do not anticipate to get Android 7.zero Nougat as there is no such thing as a affirmation from the Chinese language tech agency. We’d’ve appreciated if the handset got here with Android N out of the field, now that Google has already launched Android O. This might’ve given Motorola handsets in the identical value factors a run for his or her cash. So with ‘Marshmallow’ you’ll not solely be lacking out on some important options however your handset will even be liable to sure bugs that had been fastened with Android N.
The Nubia UI v4.zero particularly appears heavy, specifically when options like cut up display screen, Twin occasion and Edge options are activated. For many who are usually not conscious, the Twin Occasion software function allows you to create a clone of some apps and entry a special account in it. A number of the apps supported are Twitter, Fb Messenger, Fb and WhatsApp. This might show to be very helpful at occasions.
What in all probability impressed us had been the Edge Options which might be baked contained in the UI. Utilizing these, you may transfer a web page again, clear apps working the background, management display screen brightness by merely swiping on the sting of the show. These will be activated underneath the ‘Settings’ web page.
The Nubia M2 Lite’s fingerprint sensor was actually fast and labored each time with out fail. Setting it up is a cake stroll. On the storage entrance, the handset comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, of which customers really get round 24GB for apps and storing different content material. There is a slot for a microSD card so the restricted inbuilt house should not be a fear.
The MediaTek processor with 4GB RAM and Mali GPU had been sadly not in a position to ship respectable ends in Antutu and GeekBench benchmarks. In AnTuTu the Nubia M2 Lite obtained a low 40829 rating, whereas in GeekBench it obtained 601 and 2446 in single core and multicore departments respectively.
Nubia ever for the reason that launch of its M2 Lite has been advertising it because the ‘Fashionable Selfie’ smartphone all over the place. And the digicam certainly matched our degree of expectation. The smartphone’s 13MP rear digicam with CMOS sensor and f/2.2 aperture is fast to seize photographs however understandably takes just a few milliseconds extra to seize HDR pictures.
The general digicam interface and expertise is nothing eye-popping per say nevertheless it would possibly get your appreciation when you see the outcomes. The pictures clicked are sharp, saturated and have much less noise whereas taking pictures in low-light eventualities. The UI actually has an uncanny resemblance with that of an iPhone’s however luckily in some instances the variations present up, reminding you realize that there does exists some uniqueness contained in the system.
You may entry the Digital camera Household mode, Professional mode, Photograph, Video document and Fairly mode by swiping from left to proper and vice model on the display screen. These choices are positioned on one facet of the show together with the shutter button, one-touch entry to the gallery and filters. On the opposite facet of the show are choices to modify to selfie mode, set timer, allow/disable inbuilt LED flash, allow/disable HDR mode and entry the settings choices from the place you may tweak the side ratio, geo-tag, face detection, shutter sound, video-capturing decision and extra. The choices are fairly nifty and straightforward to entry proper from the digicam dwelling display screen.
Apart from sporting the corporate’s home-grown NeoVision 6.zero digicam know-how, the M2 Lite’s digicam Settings choices additionally contains the power to toggle the Clever noise discount, Dynamic zoom, Snapshot, nubia water mark and Snapshot mirror.
The front-facing digicam proved to be barely higher than the front-facing cameras featured in competing handsets. The selfie pictures taken in low or synthetic lights weren’t as disappointing as we anticipated. The 16MP CMOS sensor with 5P Lens, f/2.zero aperture, 79.8-degree huge angle and pores and skin retouching 2.zero tech does a advantageous job in capturing the topic with sufficient mild and with as a lot sharpness as potential. The color copy too was convincing and at par with some respectable mid-rangers on the market. In low mild the handset even tries to fill further mild by rising the display screen’s brightness and utilizing the front-facing flash on the similar time.
After the show and the digicam, the battery division completes the triangle of plus factors within the Nubia M2 Lite. The handset on a single cost can run for round 12 hours. That is nonetheless on mild utilization, which incorporates streaming music for few hours, staying related to the Wi-Fi and dealing on couple of apps. Mid and heavy customers would possibly inevitably find yourself trying to find the charger by the top of the day.
If you would like, you can too save the smartphone’s 3000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery by activating the Energy Saving Modes – Sensible power-saving mode and Low energy mode. The previous balances the and software program energy consumption, extending the operation time whereas the latter turns off the sound and degrades the frequency on the search community, saving an excessive amount of battery. There are additionally choices to toggle the CPU energy saver, Display powersaver, Community activate/off and the vibration suggestions on contact for low energy consumption. What’s considerable is the inclusion of quick charging help.
The Nubia M2 Lite efficiently makes itself stand out on digicam and the show fronts. These two components can tilt the steadiness in its favour within the finances smartphone market. The handset’s battery backup is respectable and light-average customers ought to have the ability to pull it off for round 12 hours straight earlier than plugging it again.
Nubia M2 Lite
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Though the processor will get a combined response from us, it is Edge options do turn out to be useful and may very well be actually very helpful at occasions. As for the design, we appreciated the corporate’s efforts to make the M2 Lite look premium. However frankly talking, the design may go both methods relying on the patron’s style.
All in all, priced at Rs 13,999 we predict the M2 Lite does a advantageous job in bringing the Nubia model into highlight. The corporate has been launching finances smartphones within the nation from fairly a while however we predict it’s but to get it is justifiable share of recognition. Providing smartphones that go in direct competitors with the Moto G sequence or the Xiaomi Redmi sequence, will certainly assist the model. And launching feature-rich units at aggressive value tags can certainly make them surpass its rivals in future.