Flexible wrist-phone Nubia Alpha goes on sale tomorrow
Back in February, ZTE's sub-brand Nubia unveiled the Alpha smart wearable at the Mobile World Congress trade show. Now, this device that combines a foldable display with both smartwatch and smartphone capabilities is ready to hit the market. Unfortunately, it looks like only China will get it in the first stage.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 mobile chipset, the ZTE Nubia Alpha features either eSIM or Bluetooth connectivity, 1 GB of memory, a 500 mAh battery, a flexible 4-inch OLED touchscreen with a resolution of 960 × 192 pixels, and runs a custom version of Google's Android mobile operating system.
Sadly, the Nubia Alpha does not come cheap. Priced at the equivalent of around US$521 (regular version with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity) and US$670 (an 18K gold-plated variant with eSIM and 4G LTE), this wearable makes a nice pair with the Nubia Pods wireless earbuds — at least for those who do not worry too much about the possible health issues that such products might cause. The price of this audio accessory is not that low either, but US$119 is in line with the competition present in this sector. We can only hope that battery life will prove to be better in time.
Do you think that the Nubia Alpha is a concept that will be successful or just another one of those "too little, too early" gadgets? Would you pay over US$500 for one?