Mobile World Congress is a place where technology, ideas, and innovation converge. Sometimes it’s for the better and sometimes it just makes no sense. We’re not sure what to make of the nubia Alpha (nubia α) just yet and we’re reserving judgment until we either get hands-on time with it or get more information about it.
The mobile focus these past few weeks has been all around foldable phones. Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, TCL, and others are all jumping in with both feet. nubia is taking a different approach when it comes to utilizing a flexible display. The nubia Alpha is a wearable phone that can go on your wrist.
The nubia Alpha has a 4.01″ flexible OLED display and the company says it has 230% more screen area than standard wearable displays. One can only assume they’re referring to smartwatches and fitness trackers. The nubia α also has a panoramic aspect ratio which the company says gives you a more immersive experience.
The nubia α has a new UI that integrates your voice assistant as well as gesture recognition. It also has a built-in camera with photo and video functionality. The sensor is not that impressive at 5MP but it does have an 82-degree wide angle lens and
The device seems to be built well, I’ve used a few nubia phones and they have all been solid in build quality. The nubia Alpha is water-resistant, made of stainless steel and the company says they’ve lab tested it with over 100,000 screen flex motions.
As for what’s running under the hood, you have a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and a 500mAh battery, which the company says has 48-hours of standby time. The Alpha also has Quick Charge technology with a magnetic type charger.
Some quick specifications and features include:
- Flexible screen: Bluetooth and eSIM versions
- Bluetooth texting and calling: Bluetooth version
- 4G internet calling: eSIM version
- Gesture Interaction: Bluetooth and eSIM versions
- Exercise and health assistant: Bluetooth and eSIM versions
- Sleep tracking/logging: Bluetooth and eSIM versions
- Music playback: Bluetooth and eSIM versions
Pricing and availability were not given to us by nubia but it could be possible we see it this year.