ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is an interesting smartphone of mid-level, built on a platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 615. It promises a good mobile shooting, fast operation, and only the battery capacity is relatively large diagonal raises some questions.

Additionally, we note that a number of modifications produced the device. This three versions with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 platform 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of permanent, which differ only in firmware and frequencies. We have to test just such a smart phone with adequately translated into Russian firmware. And another two versions with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 on board, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. This model has a built-in audio chip AK4375, and one of them is equipped with a fingerprint scanner and a connector USB Type-C.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Packaging equipment

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max comes in a large cardboard box beautiful black color. The selected material is pleasant to the touch and well treated. On the front side of the user is presented only the name of the line, packaging design is minimalistic, you can also note the presence of red accents – corporate color ZTE.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

In this format, the packaging is fully copes with its task of protecting the device during transportation, used cardboard tight.

On the reverse side on a special label below denotes modification of the device, a small set of technical specifications and legal data, such as the serial number.

After opening the box, you can see very smart in a special recess in the protective film matte conveyor. There is a small “strap” for a comfortable and quick withdrawal as device and the substrate.

Look at the package, which is located just below the cardboard backing:

  • Compact Charger;
  • Cord USB Micro-USB;
  • Documentation, which is located in the substrate in a special pocket.

All complete elements are securely fastened in their “pockets”. Set, as is the case with most modern smartphones modest manufacturer even refused headset. Before us is the minimum set for the start of daily use.

ZTE Company only diluted the picture branded label. By workmanship complaints arise accessories. The charger is compact and easy to use. Technology rapid charging is not supported appear.

Pay attention to is the form of the complete cable Micro-USB, it does not get confused and most likely will not be lost on the table due to its bright colors. In addition, it is equipped with a special strap for convenient mounting and subsequent transport.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Appearance and design

Before us is a classic rectangular case monoblock with a touch screen on the front side. At first glance it may seem that this is a normal average person the device repeats the first Xperia smartphone lineup, but the feeling is slightly misleading. Then you will understand why.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

In the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max case a molded body from the end where the frame is made of metal, glass protects the front side and a rear plastic panel. At last there is a neat and interesting pattern that distinguishes a smartphone from the mass of similar devices and gives a certain charm. On the frame there are several plastic inserts to avoid problems with the reception of the network signal.

The front panel is completely covered with tempered glass protects against scratches with oleophobic coating. The boxes around the small display. At the same time the factory panel further protected by a film.

The ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is hands firmly and comfortably, despite the rather large diagonal. Here it is worth noting that the Z9 Max software provides aides who help drive the smartphone with one hand. Smartphone does not tend to slip out of hand. Abuse can only soiled the back cover in black. However, the market will be present and smartphone in a white version with a golden frame.

Location of the main controls remained virtually unchanged relative to the previous models. Above is a small earpiece in the center, just above a set of sensors and a number of front-facing camera.

The lower indent three touch-sensitive keys for controls. Central is in the form of corporate circle, except for the direct functional combines LED notification light, which is characterized by its brightness and smoothness of ignition. Two extreme keys are also provided with a spot of red light.

On the reverse side we see a relatively large unit of the main chamber in a red metal frame, and a single flash.

Bottom – empty. We can only try to see a few mysterious inscriptions in Chinese.

On the right side there was a place basic physical controls – power button and volume rocker and lock control. Buttons made of metal, are pressed with a characteristic click and have no backlash. Anatomically buttons are convenient, but not used to power key can be confused with the volume button.

On the left slot for SIM-cards and beloved separate tray for memory card.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

It would seem that such a simple and convenient solution, but in practice it is found less and less.

Top AUX output and an auxiliary microphone.

Bottom is located at the edge of Micro USB port for charging and PC synchronization, disguised under the plastic edging USB Type-C and the main microphone and speaker on the other side.

The build quality of the device is good, despite the presence of three different materials. Panels fit together pretty well, squeaks and there is no backlash. Smartphone perfectly tested for twisting. Metal processing is executed at a high level.

During testing, the smartphone has not lost its factory form, indicating that the high strength of the materials used. However, in the case of dark execution should be careful with its back cover.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Display

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is endowed with 5.5 “IPS display with a resolution of Full HD, without air gap (with OGS). The pixel density is ~ 401 the PPI. Used display provides a comfortable level of detail, while in conjunction with the processor installed does not adversely affect system performance.

The sensor takes up to ten touches inclusive. Complaints to his work for the test have not arisen.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

Wide viewing angles. Colour reproduction is natural, it may be noted the high level of brightness and contrast.

The uniformity of illumination raises no objections, that white, which is black.

Under the corners, too, all good, color distortion is almost not visible.

To obtain more accurate data, as always, we decided to test the display of the smartphone by using colorimeter X-Rite ColorMunki Display. Let’s start with the contrast of the table.

As you can see, the manufacturer is not exaggerated. The maximum brightness level is really quite high, it is more than enough for comfortable use device sunny day in the street, and indicators of the minimal brightness enough to not dazzle the eye in complete darkness.

The color line did not move away substantially from the reference bandwidth, but slightly stable. This indicator is tolerant to the smartphone segment and this has no effect on the perception of the matrix.

Color Temperature seriously overstated – it pleases. The line also is relatively stable throughout the schedule.

The colors are kept stable, with the exception of some purple failures. In life color reproduction seems natural and rather contrasting.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

Excess of RGB color range relatively small triangle.

As can be seen on the last chart, the gray wedge point located almost at the borders of the delta, which can contribute to prevent the emergence of explicit spurious tones.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Hardware platform performance

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is running is the time tested and one dozen other smartphone chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 – a maximum eight-processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. For graphics processing corresponds Adreno 405. Also available for purchase is a rare version of the top smartphone operating on the 810 version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon.

RAM in a smartphone can be two or three gigabytes in the case of the version with 810 Snapdragon’om. Both figures are able to provide adequate and prompt operation of the system and its multi-tasking.

We tested the most popular version of the hit – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 and 2GB of RAM.

CPU and GPU performance does not cause serious problems. The everyday tasks of your smartphone no claims. The smartphone is quickly switching between apps nearly instant.

With most modern games do not have problems, too. The processor provides a sufficient level of performance, to spend free time in modern games at medium graphics settings and maximum comfort and stable performance FPS. For example, Asphalt 8, and GTA: San Andreas with a smartphone copes a solid four.

For stability when using the same no complaints, although the back cover noticeably warm during a long game. This Stability Test showed a significant underestimation of the frequency.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Software and firmware

In this case, the system has already been translated quality and free from unnecessary applications. The general impression from the use of good. Firmware function, the location of all the major elements in this case in the usual places, and “re-learn” is not necessary. system logic is clear. Root-access initially closed, but it pretty quickly solved. Just go to the forums.

To see more detailed screenshots present system, including settings. Control indicator notifications provided, however, initially all notifications are disabled for applications and required extensive customization.

Separately, it makes sense the presence of software assistants for a more comfortable life with such a large display. It is intended to include the smartphone dual “tapom” one-handed operation mode, and is a function of the separation of the screen under the two applications, but the use of this mode significantly affects the speed of the smartphone.

The rest during the test ZTE Nubia Z9 Max worked steadily and smoothly, due to what constitutes a positive opinion about the system and the device in general.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Multimedia


We begin, as usual, with a smartphone to test AnTuTu Video Tester, testing the gadget to playback videos in various formats.

The results are modest, but the smart phone easily handles the playback of popular video formats. In case of problems the user always help third-party video player with support for software decoding.

Playing YouTube videos does not cause problems. Voice quality and high image.


When checking in RightMark Audio Analyzer revealed that the output signal strength is very low (-14.6 dB), so it was not possible to test. Subjectively, the smartphone plays well for its class. The sound is quite clean and the volume, but actually there is a slight lack of margin volume. Any serious noise or distortion was observed.

CALL speaker loud enough, and if you do not use the maximum level of the sound, the sound is crisp and the surround. By arranging a flat surface on the sound does not overlap.

Microphones in the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max multiple – primary and secondary. Due to this, the interlocutors have no questions regarding the quality of voice. It can be concluded that both the microphone are working properly in normal mode.

The power of the vibrating alert is average. Adjusting the regular means are not available.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Wireless interfaces and communications

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max can work in all major cellular networks, including LTE. With work and the reception of the network signal on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region were not observed problems. During the test the network signal is held most stable and long, matching network coverage area is used.

Established applications to communicate multiple modified in appearance, but everything in the usual places.

The device can work in Wi-Fi networks, has Bluetooth 4.1 module. There NFC module. The speed of normal for the selected protocols.

For geopositioning have GPS and GLONASS systems.

Start system does not take long, cold starting requires approximately two minutes of waiting. By positioning accuracy problems for the most part no. The smartphone is even a Chinese satellite.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: File system

The smartphone is equipped with 16 gigabyte flash memory module, from which the user can use about 12 – 13 GB to suit your needs accordingly. It also supports memory cards with a capacity up to 256 GB. If you’re lucky, and you will find for sale on the top version of the Snapdragon 810, it will be provided with a module on the 64 GB.

Available system speed level is sufficient for a comfortable daily interaction with your smartphone.

Connecting your smartphone to your computer through the protocol: MTP and PTP. The data transfer rate from your smartphone about ~ 17-19 MB / s, and from the PC to the smartphone about 9-13 MB / sec.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Battery life

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max smartphone is equipped with a non-removable lithium-ion battery capacity of 2900 mAh. At its regular charging device takes about two and a half hours.

Let’s start with the battery test results in AnTuTu Tester.

Indicators approximate the closest competitors in the class, perhaps sometimes with a lag of several hours. At the same time the charge stock is quite enough for one day of intensive use, of which three to five hours it will take to display the work, depending on the load level. If you intend to use your smartphone to the maximum, it makes sense to think about purchasing an additional external battery.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Camera

Review Hero is equipped with multiple camera modules: basic 16.0 MP and 8.0 MP front with a wide angle lens. The main module takes video as 1080p at 30 frames per second and 720p at 60/120 FPS (icon of shooting with high frame rate is indicated on the menu). Front-end module also is shooting in FullHD quality.

Interface “camera” application in smartphones ZTE for the past several years, has a wide range of settings, and often supplemented with new chips. The application is clear and easy to use in practice, all in their places. For a more detailed examination of the following screenshots give some settings and shooting modes available.

Now take a look at some examples of shooting in automatic mode, obtained by actual operation of the smartphone.

A good level of detail, no problems with focus, exposure meter adequate job, and a good level of color creates a good impression. Call the camera the best in its class is impossible, but even on a cloudy day, you can get good shots. In the case of night and evening shooting, of course, things are not so good, there is a problem with noise, but it is not critical.

The video quality is decent, there are not surprises smartphone prepodnёs. In the daytime we get a quality picture, but in the early evening to see objects in the distance has to be problematic. Everything is all in this segment.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max: Comparison with competitors

Compare the review of the hero with the most outstanding competitors in the segment “planshetofonov” with a diagonal of 5.5 inches.

The most prominent representative of the ratio of price / quality is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. On the face of good hardware equipment, metal housing, good display and a fingerprint reader, and most importantly – capacious battery.

Meizu M3 Note – this is another example of high-quality Chinese smartphone. In this case, we offer thoughtful design, an interesting “shell” and features at an affordable price. It should be noted that, as with ZTE Nubia Z9 Max, with his acquisition in the Russian retail we provide the official one-year warranty.

Attention can attract and Moto X Play – and all thanks to the corporate design, protection from splashes IP57 standard and a good performance. It is also sold in Russia officially.


At the time of writing the price trends ranged from 14 to 18 thousand rubles, depending on the version, as well as the region in which the purchase is carried out. For this money, the user receives an image smartphone with beautiful external data and good screen, famed hardware system, time-tested, and good functional membrane and a good camera. In the treasury of the merits of listed and two SIM-cards, along with a separate slot for the memory card.

According to the results of tests can only find fault for not the most high rates of battery life and soiled black version of the case. Other shortcomings have been identified. If you do not disdain Chinese quality devices and you like style smartphone, ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is definitely worth to make the list of candidates to buy.

Pros ZTE Nubia Z9 Max:

  • High quality of materials and assembly;
  • Separate slot for memory card;
  • Good quality of the display;
  • The presence of a well-functioning fingerprint reader;
  • Stable operation of the interface;
  • Adequate cost.

Cons ZTE Nubia Z9 Max:

  • Not the highest autonomy;

Can not arrange:

  • Soiled housing black version.

Source: nubiamobileshop

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Review and test Android smartphone was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby