Nubia Watch has launched earlier today. It comes with a 4.01-inch super flexible AMOLED display, eSIM and a the standard fitness tracking goodies.
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The smartwatch follows from the Nubia Alpha bendable phone which launched back in April 2019. This one is a futuristic looking smartphone which bends around your wrist. The device therefore sits somewhere between a smartwatch and a phone.
The Nubia Alpha comes with a long flexible OLED display. It’s 4-inch 960 x 192 pixel screen covers a large part of the wrist. This is what makes it so unique. The gizmo has LTE connectivity and support for 4G eSIM cards, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera on the side.
Nubia Watch – design and specs
The Nubia Watch seems to have borrowed a lot from the Nubia Alpha. It also has a similar bendable display. This one is a 4.01-inch super flexible AMOLED (960 × 192 pixel; 244 ppi), that comes with a 316L stainless steel and aluminium body. The dimensions are as follows: length: 125mm, width: 41.5mm, thickness: 14.2mm and weight: 98 grams.
Nubia says the dial is made of lightweight aluminium alloy manufactured using nano-injection process. All of this is attached to a soft and skin-friendly silicone strap. There are also other band options such as the one made of Napa leather.Although the watch is an upgraded version of Alpha, it lacks the camera on the side so loses some of the bulk. Furthermore the timepiece has a physical button alongside the two screws. Alpha does not have this button. The picture also shows a scale etched on the sides – it’s anyone’s guess what this is for. Some of the colourful watch faces that are available can be seen below.
You will only appreciate the stunning design if you watch the video clip below. The device really is a looker and the bendable display is gorgeous.
The promotional image has the moniker “urban adventurer”. This is probably an indicator of the watch’s durability and the fact that it looks to be more of a typical smartwatch than the Alpha. The straps are traditional with a watch buckle and not the clasp mechanism of its predecessor.
Functionality-wise, Nubia Watch come with the basic fitness tracking sensors, compass and typical smartwatch functionality. This includes find my phone, weather reminders, alerts and more. There’s also eSim support for China Mobile and China Unicom, as well as Alipay mobile payment.
Powering everything is a Qualcomm 8909W (WEAR 2100) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM. The 420mAh Litium battery will keep the watch going for 6.5 days in battery saving mode and 36 hours of daily use. The thing runs on a custom proprietary system, a flat UI design,
Nubia Watch can be pre-ordered for 1799 yuan in China (around 260 US dollars). It officially goes on sale on August 5.
Foldable electronics may be the next big thing. Another such device that will hit the market in the near future is Huami’s Amazfit X. The gizmo has raised nearly two million dollars via Indiegogo and is expected to launch in the next couple of months.
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