19 March 2019
Foldable devices are the future of technology and this one week has been proof of that. It started with the launch of Samsung Galaxy Fold last week followed by Huawei Mate X yesterday. And now, ZTE's sub-brand Nubia took the platform at MWC in Barcelona to showcase Nubia Alpha. It has been presented as a foldable phone that can be wrapped around one's wrist but is essentially a smartwatch.
The Nubia Alpha features a 4.01-inch flexible OLED display with 960 x 192 pixels resolution and 36:9 aspect ratio. It is a taller display similar to what you would find on a smartwatch. Under the hood, it comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. There is 8GB internal storage for installing apps and claimed to be enough for storing about 1,000 songs. It is powered by a 500mAh battery said to last for one or two days depending on the usage.
It runs custom software with Air Interaction Mechanics (AIM) support. These are basically gestures using which a user can interact with the device without actually having to touch it. It offers a complete hands-free user experience. The Alpha also has a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture. It can be used for clicking photos and shooting videos along with video calls on the go.
There are basically two variants, one with only Bluetooth connectivity and another one with eSIM connectivity as well. Both these variants feature water resistance and are able to offer fitness tracking features. The Nubia Alpha will cost EUR 450 for Bluetooth variant and EUR 550 for the eSIM variant. There is also a model with Gold coating priced at EUR 650. It will be made available for purchase starting in April in China with gradual expansion to other markets.