ZTE just unveiled its new flagship camera phone, the nubia Z50S Pro. Like other nubias (and some Axons) before, this one features a 35mm lens – a classic in photography. However, this focal length is not often seen on cell phones, since most manufacturers prefer a larger field of view. ZTE has nevertheless put a lot of work into improving the optics. The 35mm lens consists of one glass and six plastic elements and has a large aperture of f/1.59. A new teardown video now shows the aperture from different perspectives.
The video shows how to disassemble the nubia Z50S Pro and take out the main camera module. Inside is a 50 megapixel sensor with a footprint of 1/1.49 inch. In comparison, both the Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Xiaomi 13 Pro offer 1-inch sensors from Sony (IMX989), albeit with smaller f/1.9 apertures. The bezel of the nubia measures 5.21mm in diameter compared to 4.97mm and 4.10mm on the Xiaomi smartphones.
ZTE has also done a great job with the camera software and redesigned the user interface and functions of the camera. There are manual controls and 3D LUT filters for photos. The dedicated night mode has also been revised with improvements to adaptive contrast and fixes for common issues like ghosting.
The nubia Z50S Pro is now available for pre-order in China. The entry-level model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs 3,700 CNY ($515/€460/₹42,250).