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Flexible wrist-phone Nubia Alpha goes on sale tomorrow

Nubia Alpha flexible wrist-phone to hit the market April 10 2019
Nubia Alpha flexible wrist-phone
Introduced to the world at the MWC trade show back in February, the Nubia Alpha "wearable phone" will go on sale tomorrow. This smart wearable is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset and runs a custom Android build. Sadly, it looks like only China will get it this week and the rest of the world will have to wait.

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?

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-04- 9 (Update: 2019-04- 9)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.