By Marco Lancaster
The market is being flooded with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and this isn’t a bad thing. The new processor improves one of the worst aspects of the SD8 Gen 1 and also improves performance. Therefore, it’s being used by all smartphone makers that are launching new smartphones. The goal clearly is to not lose space for those who are upgrading their flagships with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. After all, phones with vanilla are becoming less interesting now. ZTE’s Nubia is aware of that and decided to introduce a new Nubia Z40S Pro. The revision brings the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 but also improves in other departments.
Nubia Z40S Pro specifications
The Nubia Z40S Pro packs the new processor and comes in variants with 8 GB, 12 GB, and even 18 GB. There are also variants with 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB of Storage. The phone comes with a large vapor chamber than the non-S phone, and the new processor is more efficient. The device also has a bigger battery with a 5,000 mAh capacity that charges at the very satisfactory 80 W charging. However, if you want slightly faster 120 W charging, you’ll need to sacrifice the capacity to a 4,600 mAh battery. Anyway, the system on the Z40S Pro will take just 19 minutes to charge from flat to 100%.
The other specifications are basically the same as the Z40 Pro. For instance, the phone comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 480 Hz touch sampling rate. The phone has 2,400 x 1,080 pixels of resolution. The panel supports HDR 10+ content and has 100% of DCI-P3 coverage. It’s also quite bright with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. The Nubia Z40S Pro also comes with stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra tuning.
The Nubia Z40S Pro comes with a 35 mm main camera, and a 50 MP Sony IMX787 sensor with Optical Image Stabilization. It supports [email protected] video recording. There is also a 50 MP ultrawide camera and has 8K macro video recording support. Finally, we have an 8 MP periscope lens with Optical Image Stabilization and an 8 MP resolution. The back of the Nubia Z40S Pro also brings a 6 LED flash and a flicker sensor that helps when shooting under artificial lighting.
The Nubia Z40S Pro is available in Magic Green and Night Sea colorways. There is also a special edition that has the Chinese anime “Spirit Cage” as inspiration. The device comes with themed accessories, ringtones, and wallpapers.
Pricing and Availability
The Nubia Z40S Pro is available only in China at the moment. It costs CNY 3,400 for the base version with a 5,000 mAh battery. The device will compete with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra in China.