A new “S” version of the nubia Z40 Pro has been announced by nubia. With the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU (upgrading from the original 8), as well as a better battery and charging mechanism, the phone is a significant step forward. However, let’s go back to the beginning and look at the standard edition.
This device is powered by the 8+ Gen 1 processor, which is combined with LPDDR5 RAM (8, 12 or even 18 GB) and UFS 3.1. (128, 256, 512GB or a top of the line 1TB option). Chipset temperatures are maintained under control with an improved vapour chamber, graphene sheeting, and a thermal paste containing synthetic diamonds, all of which are improvements over the non-S phone (which have a really high thermal conductivity).
The battery is the next step. In addition to the 80W charger, the basic model still has a 5,000mAh battery. A 120W charger, on the other hand, is included with the alternative model. Charge time from 0 to 100% is 19 minutes with the smaller 4,600mAh battery.
The remainder of the features are carried over from the Z40 Pro. Bezels on the phone’s 6.67-inch AMOLED screen are barely 0.58 millimetres thick. This is a 1,080 x 2,400px panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 480Hz touch sampling rate. The DCI-P3 panel offers a peak brightness of 1,000 nits and a DCI-P3 coverage of 100%.
ZTE was able to reduce the thickness of the phone by 0.05mm for the 5,000mAh model, bringing the final thickness down to 8.05mm. Instead of removing functionality, the stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra were reorganised inside.
Cameras, too, are getting more and more sophisticated. The wide-angle main camera trend that characterises the majority of recent smartphones is absent from this model, as was the case with its predecessors. A nice general camera, but not so great for photographing people.
Nubia Z40S Pro includes a 35mm camera with a specialised 50mm portrait mode. The sensor (1/1.7″) is the same as previously, but the lens (f/1.6) is brighter and has optical image stabilisation (OIS). This camera is capable of recording 120fps 4K video.
The 50MP module includes a 116° (14mm) wide-angle lens and can focus as close as 2cm away (less than an inch) while recording 8K macro films. Other options include using the 125mm periscope lens with OIS and 8MP sensor.
On the rear of the camera is a flash with six LEDs and a flicker sensor that assists while photographing in low light. Skin tones are precisely preserved because to the camera’s people-centric approach to picture processing.
Magic Green and Night Sea are two colour options for the phone. Lastly, there’s the “Spirit Cage”-themed special edition, which includes a variety of themed extras. Pre-installed stuff, like as ringtones and wallpapers, is included here as well.
What about the price? With a 5,000mAh battery and 80W charging, the nubia Z40S Pro starts at CNY 3,400 ($500/€490/40,000). 8/256GB, 12/256GB, and 12/512GB are also available.
The 120W model starts at CNY 4,300 ($635/€620/51,000) for a 12/256GB device. CNY 6,700 buys a tonne of RAM and storage, giving you 18 GB of RAM. Lastly, the “Spirit Cage” model (120W, 12/256GB) costs CNY 4,700 ($ 700/€680/55,500).
If you’re interested in pre-ordering any of the three models, you may find them on JD, for instance. July 26 is the day of the first actual sales (Tuesday)
A trio of nubia NeoCharge 3.0-branded ZTE GaN chargers is also on the way. The first one costs CNY 148 or CNY 158 for the “Transparent Edition” and features two USB-C and one USB-A connections with a maximum power of 65W. The third charger has a total output of 100W, divided across three USB-C connectors and one USB-A port. CNY 259 will get you this.