We have smartphones, we have smartwatches. and we have… Nubia-α that is something in between, and which the company (Nubia) promotes as a “wearable smartphone”.
The device comes with a long curved display, and you’d wear it around your wrist just like a watch with access to fitness apps, and music, but just like in a phone, you could make phone calls and send SMS thanks to 4G connectivity, as well as taking selfies or making video calls with its built-in camera.
We don’t have the specifications yet, but the thing is real as it was showcased at IFA 2018, although for the eyes only, i.e. no hands-on or even touching the Nubia-α. Engadget reported about the device, and while the reporter clearly did not like the largish camera on the side, she seems impressed by the brightness and colors coming out of the Flex OLED display. The watch / phone? can also be used for payment, I suppose via NFC.
Looking at the promo video embedded above, we’ll also notice pogo pins for charging, a heart rate monitor, a speaker, a button on the right side, and a micro USB port on the other. It looks neat, but you’d probably not want to browse the web on such a narrow display.
Nubia told the people at IFA 2018 that more details about Nubia-α will be released in Q4 of this year.