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Nubia Z60 Ultra Review: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

I did not Hope you like the Nubia Z60 Ultra. It’s a big, beefy slab packed with high-end specs at a relatively affordable price from a lesser-known Chinese manufacturer. The usual proposition is to sacrifice software to get cutting-edge hardware without having to spend a lot of money. Indeed, Nubia’s unimaginative name MyOS adds little to Android 14, but the Z60 Ultra confounded my expectations in other ways.

Photography: Simon Hill

Refreshingly free of bloatware, the Nubia Z60 Ultra has an expansive display, uninterrupted by any camera cutouts (there’s one below the screen). Performance is near perfect, with a flagship processor providing plenty of grunt under the hood. But what really won me over was the versatile triple-lens camera. It’s a little hit and miss, but after a week with the phone, I captured some lovely photos.

While the Nubia Z60 Ultra has a design that will put some people off, I really enjoyed using it. There are things you can criticize and I’ll address them, but if you’re hungry for something different and gaming and photography are priorities for you, the Nubia Z60 Ultra is worth a look.

A bold brick

Nubia was originally a subsidiary of the ZTE brand, but became an independent company in 2015. (Nubia’s PR team specifically mentioned that the two are separate companies.) Nubia’s gaming sub-brand, RedMagic, has become impressively powerful, aggressively priced and a bit unrefined. gaming phones for several years now, and the Z60 Ultra is somewhat related.

Here’s the Nubia Z60 Ultra next to the Apple iPhone 14 Pro to give you an idea of ​​its size.

Photography: Simon Hill

Taking the Nubia Z60 Ultra out of the box, I was struck by its weight. This phone weighs 246 grams. To put it in context, Apple’s largest phone, the iPhone 15 Pro Max (8/10, WIRED recommends), weighs 221 grams. The Z60 Ultra is a rectangular slab with a matte black or silver finish. My black review unit has an aluminum frame with textured glass on the back and a prominent camera module. The bold design also has bright red metallic highlights around the main lens and a textured power button. Above the power button is a volume rocker and below it is a handy slide switch that quickly launches the camera but can be used for a different shortcut. The SIM card tray and USB-C port are on the bottom edge. The Z60 Ultra is thick enough to make it easy to balance on its sides or ends.

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