nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition Review

2 June 2024, 17:16:08

nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition Review
You can buy nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition from nubia's official European store.

Battery Tests

nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition packs a 6000 mAh silicon-carbon negative electrode battery that supports 80W fast charging. All battery life tests are developed in-house. The display of every device we test is calibrated to 200 cd/m2. Battery-saving is automatically switched on after the battery drops to 10% of its charge. By default, this percentage is set at 15% and we haven't changed it to test in its default settings.
Charging (52 minutes)
The battery of our Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition unit charged from 0 to 100% in 52 minutes with the devices' cable and charge. The charging process develops in waves. The first is very fast and regains 40% of the battery charge in 18 minutes. It slows down a bit and for the next 15 minutes regains another 25% to reach 65%. The second and the third waves are shorter but repeat the battery with a very fast first half and a bit slower end. In this way, it takes 15 minutes to regains another 30% to reach 95%. The last 5% to 100% need 7 minutes - a noticeable slowing down at the end of the process. The battery temperature starts from 25°C, reaches 38°C in a minute, and after 5 minutes more it hits 40°C remaining at this level almost until the end. It is when the process slows down after the 95% that the battery temperature starts decreasing as well. At the end, it measures 37°C.
Browsing at 60 Hz (17 hours and 49 minutes)
During our intensive battery life test with the display's refresh rate set at 60Hz, the device endured for 17 hours and 49 minutes. The discharging process has a slow start - the battery charge drops by 5% after the first 2 hours and 15 minutes. After that, the process gains speed and maintains it until the battery's charge drops to 5%. At that point, the process slows down again. The battery temperature starts at 27°C, reaches 30°C in 45 minutes and remains at this level almost until the end when it reaches 31°C.
Browsing at 120 Hz (17 hours and 25 minutes)
It is worth mentioning that there isn't a big difference in battery life when the display's refresh rate is 60Hz and 120Hz. When it was set at 120Hz, the battery endured for 17 hours and 25 minutes of non-stop intensive browsing. That's only 24 minutes less than the previous 60Hz test. The discharging process develops in a similar fashion - a noticeably slower start and a slower end. The battery temperature starts at 27°C, reaches 30°C with in 45 minutes and remains at this level until the end. With this result, the nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition beats smartphones with much larger batteries such as 8500 mAh, 9600 mAh, and 11000 mAh.
1080p Video at 60 Hz (21 hours and 37 minutes)
1920x1080, 30 fps, H.264, 20Mbps bitrate
The video test for battery life uses a 1080p video at 30 fps with a ~20Mbps rate. Our review unit's score is 21 hours and 37 minutes. The discharging process follows the same patter observed during the two browsing tests. The battery temperature remains within the very healthy range of 28-30°C.
2160p Video at 60 Hz (21 hours and 30 minutes)
3840x2160, 30 fps, H.264, ~55 Mbps bitrate
The 4K video battery life test uses a 2160p video at 30 fps with a ~55 Mbps rate. In this test, the battery of the Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition lasted for 21 hours and 30 minutes. Again, not a big difference in the result, even though the video resolution is much higher. The charging process and the battery temperature follow the same pattern and levels as the ones during the FHD video test.
3D Graphics/Gaming at 60 Hz (14 hours and 01 minutes)
Real Racing 3
For all devices with Android 14 we use Real Racing 3 for our 3D Graphics/Gaming test. The battery of nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition lasted for 14 hours and 1 minute. Obviously, the chipset is powerful enough, hence 3D graphics and heavier games do not put a lot of strain on the device. The battery drains normally, hence our review unit shows a battery life result that's much better than the one of smartphones with larger batteries but weaker chipsets. The battery temperature starts at 31°C, reaches 33°C in 30 minutes, remains at this level for 3 hours, and drops gradually to 30-31°C remaining at this level until the end.
3D Graphics/Gaming at 120 Hz (9 hours and 24 minutes)
Real Racing 3
We decided to make another test with the display's refresh rate set to 120Hz. Expectedly, the battery's life is shorter - 9 hours and 24 minutes. The discharging process follows the same pattern but the battery temperature reflects the increased pressure on the device. It starts at 31°C, reaches 37°C in 30 minutes, remains at this level for 1 hour, and drops to 36°C remaining at this level until the end.
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1080p Video at 60Hz
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Infrared thermography
The photos of the Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition below are taken with a FLIR thermal camera. The first one shows the device's temperature during charging. The hottest zone is to the left of the center of the upper half of the left frame with a temperature of 7°C. The second hottest area is the center of the lower half of the body with a temperature of 36.2°C. The second photo depicts the device's temperature during a 3D battery life test. In this case, the hottest part is the center of the chin with a temperature of 39.6°C. The second hottest area is to the left of the center of the upper half of the body with a temperature of 36.8°C.

Battery Software

The Battery menu offers you several tools to manage battery life and the maximum of it in any situation. For starters, there's an "Optimize Battery Usage" button. It scans the device for a second or two and suggests a list of features, which you can manually optimize or not. Secondly, there's a "Power saver" toggle which kills of 5G access, uses 60Hz only, limits the background activities of some apps, including their ability to connect to network, and turns off location services in non-navigations scenarios. These can be manually managed by the "Power saver settings". Finally, there's an "Ultra Power saver". It can be used when your battery's charge is nearing the minimum. It offers a more robust app restrictions and shuts off several features. The entire UI becomes dark and is very simplified. You get access only to six apps. Two are provided by default - the phone and messenger, and you can add four more.

The nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition charges really fast, but if you want to charge it faster, there's a "Turbo charge" toggle. It goes on without saying that this feature will increase the temperature of the battery and device. There's an interesting feature called "Charge separation". You can plug the phone to the charger and while it powers the device, it will not charge the battery to prevent it from overheating.

The Battery menu also allows you a more granular control over how the different apps and functions of the device are managed in terms of battery life. When you tap on "Apps AI-control" you can set for each individual app whether auto-start, secondary launch, and background running should be allows, not allowed, or automatic. For some apps you don't have this control as they are system-controlled. Further AI features for battery optimization are incorporated in sleep mode and when apps are not in use. By default, the device can switch between 5G and 4G networks to save more battery life. This feature can be turned off. The system also provides reports on battery usage depending on app and hardware.

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