There are a number of smartphone brands that have never officially launched in Australia. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of them. After all, you could probably get a grey import (at the owner’s risk) from overseas. One of the more interesting brands is Nubia, owned by ZTE, one of the largest Chinese manufacturers (though it’s been banned from operating in certain markets for fear of espionage). Nonetheless, it can still build interesting devices such as the new Nubia X. It’s got two screens, no notch and no selfie camera.
Does this mean the Nubia X has removed two of the more annoying things about modern phones? People posing randomly on the street with their selfie camera, and that stupid notch? Let’s find out.
The biggest selling point about the Nubia X no doubt is the dual screens. The primary is a 6.36 IPS screen with 2280×1080 resolution. This makes a 19:9 aspect ratio. Also, the notch is gone. In order to have no notch, the Nubia X has sacrificed the front facing selfie camera. Never fear, vain-glorious smartphone users, you can still take selfies.
With the cameras all on the back, and with a second smaller screen, one can still see and doll themselves up in preparation for a good selfie. The Nubia X’s second screen is only 1520×720, but still offers enough clarity to take pictures with. The second screen is blended seamlessly into the rear aluminium body and as long as whatever you display has a black or dark background, you won’t even notice the boundaries.
Speaking of the cameras, the primary unit is 24MP with an f/1.7 aperture paired with a secondary 16MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. There’s also an LED two tone flash. Indeed, using the rear cameras to take selfies would actually help with the quality of the photos.
The phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 – the latest and greatest from Qualcomm – and can come with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. There’s either 64GB or 128GB of storage for your data.
The Nubia X will ship soon, and come with Android 8.1 overlaid with Nubia’s own custom version six UI. With the price of the 8GB, 128GB storage version set at around US$600 (looking at close to AU$1,000), it’s cheaper than most other flagships. It does also have other gimmicks that could entice new users.