If you weren’t emotionally attached to your smartphone before, you can now take digital channels to a whole new level with Nubia’s mobile phone.
The Shenzhen-based company launched the Nubia α (or Alpha) at MWC19 in Barcelona this week, and reactions ranged from cautiously impressed to downright implausible.
Nubia’s flexible smartwatch is the first portable flexible display. It has a 4-inch flexible OLED screen manufactured by Visionox with an ultra-wide aspect ratio and a screen resolution of 960 x 192. The device runs on the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip and has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage and a 500 mAh battery.
The company announced at MWC19 that it had ” innovated the largest portable flexible screen in the industry, up to 230% larger than standard portable screens.”Nubia also claims that the screen can be folded up to 100,000 times without damage.
The screen is protected by a strong, heat-resistant polymer called polyimide and is also said to be water resistant. Nubia also claims that the screen can be folded up to 100,000 times without damage.
Since it wraps around your wrist, it is impossible to see the entire screen at once, although the custom Android operating system allows you to scroll, swipe and navigate using a simplified icon Menu. There are also body buttons on the side of the device to return users to the Home screen.
The device also has gesture control, allowing users to scroll by simply waving a finger instead of bodily scrolling the screen. It also has fitness tracking capabilities, limited mobile payment options, the ability to make voice calls through the built-in speaker or Bluetooth, and text messaging. The device comes with wireless headphones.
According to The Verge, the device also has a 5-megapixel camera “that allows you to take selfies quite easily, or normal photos with a little more limb twist.”Although you can also watch movies on your portable device, it’s not really comfortable because you have to lift your arm in front of your face to see the video from the front. But at least you get some strength training.
Nubia plans to release a few different models of the Alpha. Customers can choose between black and gold devices and two different types of connectivity – a affordable model with Bluetooth connectivity that pairs with a phone, and a more expensive model that will be released a little after with esim compatibility that allows it to act as a standalone smartphone.
Of course, the question remains, do we really need so much connectivity? While experts predict that wearable technology will become more widespread because it is more versatile and energy efficient, smartphone addiction is a real problem around the world. And more and more research shows that increased dependence on screens leads to poorer mental health.
To be honest, the Alpha looks a lot like the ankle monitors worn by convicted delinquent under house seize. It is worth considering whether we really want such a thing to be attached to our wrists and monitor every movement.