Leaked official teaser for unannounced ZTE Nubia Z18S shows a screen on both sides of the device

Leaked official teaser for unannounced ZTE Nubia Z18S shows a screen on both sides of the device
What? Is this a mistake? Here is a story about ZTE that is actually about a phone? A leaked promotional teaser for an unannounced ZTE handset called the Nubia Z18S, reveals that the device carries a screen on both sides of the device. And there is only one camera (front-facing) on board. This isn't the first time we've seen a handset carry a front and back display. You might recall the YotaPhone, which features a rear-facing black and white E-Ink display.

The teaser shows a color display on the back of the ZTE unit, which would seemingly rule out an E-Ink panel for now. Most likely, the screen on back is a low resolution LCD panel. Because the back screen would be used for selfies and video chats, it would do the tasks normally handled by a phone's front-facing selfie camera. The teaser shows the rear-facing screen with an analog clock, a home screen with app icons, and a photograph (see the photo at the top of this article).

Adding the rear display would apparently be good news for this divided world. No, nothing political, but some of the planet adores the notch, others put up with it, and the remainder can't stand it. With the rear display, a notch might not be necessary. But there is some question whether there will be a notch on the ZTE Nubia Z18S. There have been leaked images disseminated of the device wearing a notch similar to the one found on the Essential Phone. You can see those pictures and others by clicking on the slideshow near the bottom of this article.

One thing that we do expect to see is the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform under the hood. Just before the end of last year, a list of all handsets expected to be powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line SoC leaked, and the Nubia Z18S was on that list.

Right now, it is not known when ZTE plans on unveiling this device, and whether it would be able to sell it in the U.S. where it is the fourth largest smartphone vendor.


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11 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Not sure if you're aware, but ZTE doesn't own a majority share of Nubia anymore (they sold off a chunk a year or two ago). Nubia could sell phones in NA without issue.

2. Alan01

Posts: 602; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Regardless of the share they own, there still could be a backlash from Congress. Thanks! Regards, Alan

3. adecvat

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Double the chance to crack your screen.. /s

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Nice! Very nice!!

6. fyah_king unregistered

Hello essential

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It looks a cheap knock off...of what already been invented.

8. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

I wish a lot more brands to do this. An E-Ink secondary display would be great.

9. hopper

Posts: 74; Member since: May 08, 2017

No more cases but only bumpers

10. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Or only clear cases

11. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

case developers sure do have a hard life.

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