The Nubia X is a dual screen, dual fingerprint sensor beast you can't buy in the West

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The Nubia X is a dual screen, dual fingerprint sensor beast you can't buy in the West
One of the things currently preventing smartphone manufacturers from achieving a truly bezel-less design without slide-out tricks or notch compromises is the popularity of front-facing cameras.

Eccentric ZTE offshoot Nubia may have found an... interesting solution to that problem, releasing the Nubia X in China (and only in China) with no conventional selfie shooter. Don’t worry, there’s still a way to cultivate your narcissism, as this “full screen” bad boy also sports a secondary display on its back.

The primary 6.26-inch panel with 2280 x 1080 resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio is smoothly curved, yet accompanied by a small “forehead” and “chin”, nonetheless yielding a remarkable 93.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The lower-res 1520 x 720 5.1-inch secondary screen, meanwhile, can be used for “HD selfies”, as well as wallpapers, custom signatures, “dynamic” pictures, and even various advanced controls for high-quality gaming experiences.


If you’re wondering how all that might impact battery life, Nubia seems confident a 3,800 mAh cell will be able to deliver “reassuring” endurance times with the help of proprietary technologies like NeoPower 3.0 “Smart Freeze.”

The dual-screen Nubia X is entirely original (read quirky) as far as biometric recognition is concerned as well, including not one, but two side-mounted fingerprint sensors for convenient right and left-handed unlocking.

Otherwise, this feels like a pretty standard 2018 Android high-ender, which is obviously not a bad thing. Power users get essentially everything they need here, from a Snapdragon 845 processor to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage space, AI-enhanced 16 + 24MP dual cameras, and (heavily skinned) 8.1 Oreo software.

In its company’s homeland of China, the Nubia X will start at a fairly reasonable $475 or so (3,299 yuan) with 6 gigs of memory and 64GB ROM, going all the way up to CNY 4,299 (around $615) for a top-of-the-line 8/256GB configuration with a snazzy gradient blue and gold design. No words on international availability yet, and knowing Nubia, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath.

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