Nubia declared their mid range selfie centered smart phone, the M2 Lite in India in May 2017. Nubia has been India for a long while and they had released the Nubia Z11 Mini S which is quite a decent gadget. Nubia M2 Lite is a selfie centered smart phone with a 16MP front facing camera and a 13MP back camera. It packs a 5.5 inch HD display and runs on Mediatek MT6750 Octa core processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.So how does the smartphone perform in the segment? Is it a decent gadget to buy? Let’s find out in this detailed review.
So how does the smartphone perform in the segment? Is it a decent gadget to buy? Let’s find out in this detailed review.
Design and Build: Nubia M2 Lite Review
The design part is one of the solid aspects `of the Nubia M2 Lite. It features a full metal unibody design with chamfered edges. The unit which we tested was the black gold variant which has superior black matte finish with gold color edges. The phone definitely looks great and feels good to use with premium build quality. The right side houses the power button and SIM card slot, while the volume keys are on the left side. The bottom area has 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB charging slot and also speaker unit. The back panel has a 13MP camera, LED flash and the Nubia branding.
The front panel has 5.5 inch display, a 16MP selfie camera and also the home button which acts as fingerprint scanner. There is back and multitasking buttons which are on either side of home button and are backlit. The back camera has a red colored ring which adds to the beauty of the gadget. The home button also has a ring. Overall, in terms of build quality it is one of the best in the sub 15k price segment in India.
Display: Nubia M2 Lite Review
While a large portion of the popular smartphones in the sub 15k price segment have moved to Full HD display panels, Nubia has used a HD panel (720p) on the M2 Lite. While the panel is just HD, the quality of display is actually quite good. The color quality and sharpness levels are satisfactory. The display brightness is also adequate. The touch response of the display is also quite good with a 2.5D glass on the display.
Software: Nubia M2 Lite Review
Like any Chinese OEMs, the Nubia M2 Lite also runs a custom UI on top of Android. The phone accompanies Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has Nubia UI 4.0 on top of it. The UI comes with a custom notifications and quick toggles along with various home screens without an an app drawer. The settings panel is also a custom one offering extra features.
The smartphone supports a bunch of gestures in two categories- edge gestures and regular gestures. The edge gestures allows you to switch between apps or even clear all the background apps in one go. There is also option to have split screen view, where you can run two applications in the meantime one next to the other.
The smartphone additionally features dual instance which allows you to run two instances of the same app, for example you can run two WhatsApp or two Facebook accounts at the same time. The smartphone also accompanies bundled tools like sound recorder, flashlight, FM radio and long screenshot option. It also features an in-built screen recorder.
The fingerprint scanner also comes with some additional features apart from unlocking the device. You can use the fingerprint scanner for locking applications and also for super screenshot.
While the UI comes loaded with features, one thing missing on the UI is the capacity to customize the looks. Unfortunately, the smartphone does not come with support for themes, a feature usually found on most Chinese OEMs. You can customize the quick toggles by drag and drop.
Performance: Nubia M2 Lite Review
Nubia M2 Lite is powered by Mediatek 6750 Octa core chipset combined with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The MT6750 is not a powerful chipset for this segment and we have seen this chipset on Oppo F3 and Vivo V5S. Nubia M2 Lite performs quite well in day to day tasks and there isn’t any significant issues in terms of performance. The gaming experience was satisfactory and there wasn’t any lag considering the chipset isn’t a powerful one. There was no heating on the device.
The smartphone also features dual SIM card and micro SD card slot which is a hybrid one. The smartphone packs 32GB of storage capacity and you get close to 25GB of storage in the first boot. The call quality on the gadget is also good and there is support for VoLTE as well. The fingerprint scanner performance was also quite decent and it can also be used to super screenshot and also lock apps. At times, there is some minor lag when unlocking the gadget using the fingerprint scanner.
Camera: Nubia M2 Lite Review
Nubia M2 Lite packs a 13MP back camera with F/2.2 aperture and LED flash. While on the front panel there is a 16MP front facing camera for selfies with f/2.0 along with the screen and soft flash. The camera interface is very like what we have seen on other Chinese OEMs. It packs a pretty decent interface with lots of modes and filters to choose from. The smartphone also comes with manual mode and beauty mode.
Now coming to the photo quality of the M2 Lite, the daylight shots taken had decent color reproduction and sharpness levels. But at the same time it is not of the quality of Z11 Mini S which was class leading. The close up images also had some good detailing, but when it comes to low light pictures, this is where the smartphone struggles and you could see a lot of noise in the low light pictures.
Coming to the selfie camera, the smartphone has good performance in selfie department and the clarity of selfies was great. It is unquestionably a decent selfie option in the sub 15k price segment. Here are some of the samples taken with the device.
Battery Life: Nubia M2 Lite Review
Nubia M2 Lite packs a 3000mAh battery, however there is no fast charging feature on the smartphone. The battery life on the gadget is quite decent and you will get a day of battery life on a normal usage including calls, social networks, browsing, gaming and camera usage.
Nubia M2 Lite is priced Rs 13999 and available only on Amazon. While M2 Lite does not have the powerful specs like Honor 6X or Redmi Note 4, it provides decent experience and selfie selfie camera with excellent form quality. If you are searching for a decent selfie focused smartphone in the sub 15k price segment, then Nubia M2 Lite makes good sense.