ZTE sub-brand Nubia on Monday updated its M-Series smartphone portfolio with the launch of an another mid-ranged smartphone, dubbed as the “Nubia M2 Play”. The Nubia M2 Play is a new member of company’s M-series that we have seen the recently launched M2 Lite with dual camera setup and now the M2 Play can be considered as a toned down version of the M2 Lite. However, the pricing details and the availability of the Nubia M2 Play has not been revealed by the company yet but looking at the specifications we can expect this smartphone’s price will fall in the mid-range budget.
Design wise, the new Nubia M2 Play is very identical to its younger sibling M2 Lite with respect to design. The Nubia M2 Play sports a sleek metal unibody design with metal frame all around, giving it a simple and classy look. The volume rockers are placed on the left-hand edge, while the power/lock button is situated on the right-hand edge of the smartphone. The rear panel of the phone houses a 13MP primary camera with a LED flash module, while the top front panel features a 5MP selfie camera and an earpiece. A 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the very top edge of the device, while the speaker grilles are seen at the very bottom edge of the handset along with a microUSB charging port sitting in the middle. The Nubia M2 Play features capacitive navigation buttons along with company’s traditional red circle physical Home Button, located just below the display panel. In addition, the smartphone also comes equipped with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, that is housed underneath the physical Home Button of the device.
In terms of specifications, the Nubia M2 Play sports a 5.5-inch semi-HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 720 × 1280 pixels and a 2.5D curved glass coating on top. The device is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core (Cortex-A53) processor coupled with Adreno 505 image processor. In terms of memory, the Nubia M2 Play is backed by a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. On the software front, the phone runs company’s proprietary nubia 5.0 custom UI skin, based on Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.
In terms of optics, the Nubia M2 Play features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, Sony CMOS sensor with hybrid autofocus and LED flash. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with an f/2.4 aperture, 84-degree wide-angle lens for capturing selfies and making video calls. In terms of connectivity, the Nubia M2 Play is a dual-SIM smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM. Connectivity options on the smartphone also include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS/A-GPS, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port for charging and data transfer. On the battery front, the smartphone packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery. Sensors on the smartphone include a Proximity sensor, Fingerprint sensor, G-sensor and Ambient-light sensor.