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Mid-ranges smartphones are no longer frowned upon as was the case in the early days of the now booming industry. Instead, they are seen as respectable devices that cater to the needs of the less wealthy consumer that also wants to enjoy the perks of modern day mobile tech.

Those that have been looking into buying a Samsung or Apple flagship know what we’re talking about, as some companies bring forth amazing features but with price tags that are equally stunning.

Devices like OnePlus 3T and Nubia Z11 offer good specs and decent features with a much more reasonable price tag attached. For that reason we are taking the two handsets for a spin to see which can offer more for its buck, and to give readers an idea of the alternatives awaiting them beyond common picks from top brands.


The Nubia handset features a nice 5.5 inch IPS display that bares a 1920 x 1080 resolution. In contrast, those who opt for the OnePlus device will experience video and photo content on a similar screen but using OLED technology. The same screen size is present though.

Under the hood

Nubia Z11 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor and 6 GB of RAM. Additionally, Nubia Z11 owners get a max internal storage capacity of 256 GB which is pretty good. If you’re looking for a lot of storage space, the Z11 might be better for you since the 3T doesn’t offer microSD support and only comes with 64 GB of storage .

Other OnePlus 3T features include the 6 GB of RAM and Snapdragon 821 processing unit, which means it takes the edge in that department.

Another winning category for OnePlus 3T is the camera. With a 16 MP lens on the back and one in the front, it tops the 16 MP rear lens and 8 MP front shooter efforts of the Nubia handset.

Battery also works in favor of the more popular brand which houses a 3400 mAH unit unlike Nubia which uses a 3000 mAH battery.