Foldable smartphones are a big thing at MWC this year. But if that’s not crazy enough, here comes the Nubia Alpha, a device with a bendable screen that you can slap in your wrist.
Actually, it’s indeed a watch. The Nubia Alpha is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It can do some basic tasks like multimedia playback and some social media browsing, but don’t expect to do mobile gaming on this thing.
It is also equipped with a 5-megapixel camera for taking pictures or video calls, 4G LTE and WiFi for connectivity, and a 500mAh battery that’s said can last for a day — much like most regular smartphones today.
The highlight here is the display. The Nubia Alpha sports a 4-inch flexible display, which uses an OLED panel with a resolution of 960 x 192 pixels. That’s a tall but narrow aspect ratio of 36:9. It also has ‘Air Interaction Mechanics’, which lets you hover on top of the screen to navigate.
Just like most wearables, it also has a slew of fitness features like a heart-rate sensor, sleep monitoring, and workout tracking.
For people to actually wear it, the Nubia Alpha has to look nice. Just like most traditional watches, the Alpha is built on stainless steel, with a lavish 18K Gold plated version also available. It’s also water-resistant, of course.
The Nubia Alpha will be available in major markets starting Q3. The WiFi-only model will retail for EUR450 (~Php26,600), while the eSIM model will be at EUR550 (~Php32,500), with the Gold-plated variant coming in at EUR650 (~Php38,500).