nubia Z60 Ultra review – tests


An Ultra like no other, this one aims to offer an alternative to the regular camera phone with a setup that defies the norm. It’s unusual in a few other respects too, plus it has a more than reasonable base price. Let’s see if the nubia Z60 Ultra was worth the wait.

nubia Z60 Ultra review

ZTE, the parent company behind the phone, is no stranger to strange camera choices, and we’ve seen that a handful of models with 35mm equivalent main units under both the Axon and Nubia brands. However, this is probably the most advanced configuration of the lot, with large sensors all around and sensibly chosen focal lengths that make the 35mm module stand out without giving you the feeling that anything is missing.

Another way it stands out: The Z60 Ultra is also among the largest smartphones that don’t bend in half. Its 246 gram weight may sound like a lot, but at least it has a 6,000mAh battery that shows – the largest capacity on a phone that isn’t a power bank first and a phone second. It should also charge quickly enough with its 80W adapter, although we have to admit the lack of wireless charging left us a little disappointed.

Also somewhat unusual is the Z60 Ultra’s front camera. Being the under-screen type, it’s mainly aimed at people who don’t use front-facing cameras – it won’t deliver great images, but at least it stays out of the way.

Returning to regular components, this Ultra has the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 inside – so powerful enough, but also just as powerful as the next high-end phone in 2024. Stereo speakers are also included, as well as an under-screen fingerprint reader – OLED displays are suitable in that way. Speaking of which, the 6.8-inch panel may be a little behind the curve in a few areas, but we’ve learned that we can’t have everything.

Nubia Z60 Ultra Specifications at a Glance:

  • Body: 164.0 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 246g; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5 m for 30 minutes).
  • Display: 6.80″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 120 Hz, HDR10+, 1500 nits (peak), 1116x2480px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 400ppi.
  • Chip set: Qualcomm SM8650-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520); Adreno 750.
  • Memory: 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB 16 GB RAM, 1 TB 16 GB RAM, 1 TB 24 GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
  • Operating system/software: Android 14, MyOS 14.
  • Reversing camera: Standard (main): 50 MP, f/1.6, 35mm, 1/1.49″, 1.0 µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultrawide: 50 MP, f/1.8, 18mm, 100˚, 1/1.55″, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 64 MP, f/3.3, 85mm, 1/2.0″, PDAF, OIS, 3.3x optical zoom (vs. 26mm camera).
  • Front camera: Broad (head): 12 MP, under display.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro EIS, HDR10, 10-bit video; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 6000mAh; 80W wired, PD3.0, QC4.
  • Connectivity: 5G; Double SIM card; WiFi 7; BT 5.4, aptX HD, aptX adaptive; NFC; Infrared port.
  • Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); Stereo speakers.

Unboxing Nubia Z60 Ultra

The nubia Z60 Ultra comes in a regular sized dark cardboard box with some red accents for a pop of color. The theme continues on the inside with a red USB-C cable with black connectors and a black charger with, you guessed it, a red USB-C connector.

nubia Z60 Ultra review

Also included is a clear plastic snap-on back that also provides limited coverage for the extreme corners. It won’t save the Ultra from most falls, but it does add a bit of protection without compromising the appearance too much.

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