While some phone makers have been opting for pop-up cameras in order to release phones with virtually no bezels (or notches), Nubia’s taking a different approach with its next flagship.
The Nubia Z20 is a smartphone that’s nearly all screen on the front, and which has no moving parts… or front-facing camera, as it turns out.
Instead, you can use the rear cameras to snap selfies or make video calls — because there’s a second screen on the back of the phone that you can use to frame your shot.
It’s not a brand new idea — the company showed off the Nubia X smartphone with a similar design at CES in January. But the Nubia Z20 is the company’s mot powerful dual-screen smartphone to date.
After unveiling the Nubia Z20 in China last month, Nubia has announced the phone will be available in the US, Canada, Europe, and the UK starting October 14th.
There’s still no word on the international pricing, but smart money is on not cheap.
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and has a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 27 watt fast charging.
There’s a 6.42 inch FHD+ curved glass display covering most of the front of the phone, and a secondary 5.1 inch display on the back that’s a little less immersive, but which is fully functional.
Nubia also packed three cameras on the back of the phone:
- 48MP primary camera with optical image stabilization
- 16MP ultra-wide angle (122.2 degree field of view)
- 8MP telephoto camera (3X optical zoom)
The company says the phone supports up to 30x digital zoom, features Pro Mode for folks that are comfortable adjusting settings manually, and can shoot 8K video and record HDR10 10-bit videos as well. There’s also an “upgraded Super Night Mode” for capturing images in the dark.
Two color options will be available: “twilight blue” and “diamond black,” and the smartphone features a “mirror-polished metal frame” and Corning Gorilla Glass covering the dual displays.