Nubia Alpha – The Smartphone that Wears Like a Watch
Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, the Nubia Alpha is equipped with a flexible OLED screen that wraps around the wrist like a watch.
While foldable screens are the attraction of the Mobile World Congress with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Huawei Mate X or the FlexPai from Royole, Nubia, a brand associated with ZTE, has created a surprise with its astonishing smartphone-watch concept.
With the popularization of flexible displays, we may see a number of experimental and somewhat strange devices in the coming months – mainly because companies are still testing the market. And one of the devices that fit into this cam is the Nubia Alpha, a device that sits between wearable and a phone.
The Nubia Alpha features a 4.01-inch flexible OLED display in Bluetooth and eSIM (4G compatible) that wrap around the wrist like a watch. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and a 500 mAh battery. The smartphone offers sleep monitoring and health support applications, and you can control the interface using voice and gesture commands. It also has a 5-megapixel photo video camera. The phone RAM has 1 GB, and the internal storage is 8 GB with a 500 mAh battery – which would last between 1 or 2 days of regular use or one-week standby mode.
The Nubia Alpha is not the first smartphone of its kind. In 2016, Lenovo introduced a concept called CPlus, with a 4.26-inch screen wrapped around the wrist. This year, TCL took advantage of the MWC to unveil its folding hinge system for DragonHinge folding screens in several formats, including a smartphone that turns into a bracelet.
Among the apps are all of the most popular types of fitness wristbands and smartwatches, such as heart rate monitor and sleep monitor. The sound can be heard through the Nubia Pods headphones, which must be presented along with the Nubia Alpha.
But unlike these examples, the Nubia Alpha is not a concept. Although the company has not yet given a date or price, it says it wants to market this product. It remains to be seen if it meets a real need of consumers.