Nubia has come up with some decent smartphones in the past (although those never really managed to shake the world quite like other more notable brands), and most recently they have shaken things up with the introduction of the Nubia Alpha. The Nubia Alpha is much more than a concept: in fact, it is going to go on sale sometime before the curtains fall on 2019. What makes the Nubia Alpha so special? The striking massive, flexible display is what makes it so impressive at first glance, wrapping close to half of its segmented band, while offering all of the essential functions of a smartphone to the user right at their fingertips.
In order to ensure that the Nubia Alpha remains relevant, it comes with an integrated 4G modem that ensures true standalone wireless connectivity. In order to keep up with the selfie-loving times, there is also an onboard 5MP camera that can be used for making video calls and snapping photos of yourself.
Nubia boasts that the Alpha carries the largest wearable flexible screen in the industry and is further protected via a strong, heat-resistant polymer known as Polyimide. Being water-resistant, there was no mention of the rating although I would think that it can withstand a couple of splashes from the tap, but it does not look tough enough to handle swimming on a regular basis.
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, the Nubia Alpha is accompanied by 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory with a 500mAH battery keeping it going. Connectivity options apart from 4G eSIM include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To make sure it appeals across the board even more, the Nubia Alpha will be able to function as a fitness tracker by offering basic sleep, exercise and heart rate monitoring. Needless to say, all of such data can be accessed through a custom-made wearable OS which will support voice commands, multi-touch and air gestures. There will be three different versions sold: a black, Bluetooth-only model for €449, a black 4G eSim variant that will cost €100 more, and the high-end 4G eSim model that looks a wee bit gaudy in 18-karat gold for €649.