Nubia Watch has launched on Kickstarter. It comes with a 4.01-inch super flexible AMOLED display, eSIM and the standard gamut of fitness tracking goodies.
We wrote about the device about a month ago when it launched in China. For the international version, the company has turned to Kickstarter.
The smartwatch follows from the Nubia Alpha bendable phone which was released back in April 2019. That one is a futuristic looking smartphone which bends around your wrist. The device therefore sits somewhere between a smartwatch and a phone.
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 pictures also shows a scale etched on the sides. Some of the colorful 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, that features a flat UI design.
Nubia Watch – Availability
Nubia Watch has been available to buy in China since August 5 for 1799 yuan (around 260 US dollars). The international iteration has just launched on Kickstarter.
The company has boasted that it reached its $10,000 funding goal in just hour. More than $80,000 has been raised so far on the crowdfunding platform with 28 days to go.
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An early-bird pledge of $199 will have one of these delivered to your doorstep in October. The prices go up from there.
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 soon.
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