Former ZTE arm Nubia introduced a brand-new smartphone in China with a couple of unusual features – a dual-screen design and two fingerprint sensors. The device known as the Nubia X fits in the flagship segment and is powered by appropriate hardware components such as the Snapdragon 845 chipset from Qualcomm, paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Nevertheless, despite having doubled the number of screens and fingerprint sensors compared to most other flagship phones, the Nubia X is available for purchase in China for the starting price of 3,299 Yuan ($473). Most importantly, this device seems to be the OEM's solution to the polarizing display notch design.
Nubia is not a stranger to challenging itself with unique design features and the latest Nubia X surely stands apart from most other devices on the market. Although there have been other dual-screen handsets like the YotaPhone series, these particular models launched by the Russian OEM combined an IPS LCD or AMOLED display with an always-on grayscale panel resembling that of an eBook reader. In contrast, the Nubia X is equipped with a 6.26-inch primary display featuring a 19:9 image format and a resolution of 2,280 by 1,080, coupled with a secondary OLED panel on the back, measuring 5.1-inches in diagonal and clocking in at a lower resolution of 1,520 by 720. The secondary panel can host a number of dynamic wallpapers but its main role is to provide selfie enthusiasts a way to take photos. Specifically, the Nubia X avoids the display notch issue by ditching the front-facing camera in favor of thin bezels and a screen-to-body ratio of 93.6 percent, while using the dual main camera combo as a selfie unit in conjunction with the secondary screen. As for the fingerprint sensors, they are located on the left and right edges of the phone and the OEM included two units for convenience, thus allowing users to use their favorite side for unlocking the phone and stick with it, regardless of which display they are facing.
The two cameras clock in at a resolution of 16 and 24-megapixels, storage configurations range from 64GB to 128GB/256GB, and the device runs Android 8.1 Oreo behind the Nubia UI custom skin while being powered by a 3,800mAh battery. The base model is launching in China for 3,299 Yuan ($473) while the higher-end variant costs 4,299 Yuan ($616). However, the device will likely be manufactured in lower quantities and won't be released in the Western hemisphere. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if other OEMs will view this approach as a solution for the display notch issue and borrow a page from Nubia's playbook. Probably not, due to the higher manufacturing costs.