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.

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3 replies on “Nubia Z20 dual-screen smartphone launches globally October 14th”

    1. The “all screen front” reminds me of the glassbox architectural cancer which has infected most urban centers. Rather than designing a building the architectural awards go to the most mirror-coated object. Never mind that no matter how many fake green points you stick on such a skyscraper it will forever have poor durability and terrible usability. Oh you’re on the sunny side? It’s too hot. On the shady side? Too cold. Unless the non-equator-facing (North in america), sunrise, and sunset side have separate temperature control, it’s miserable. And the best glass wall is nearly as good at energy conservation as a foot thick brick wall laid down by Vitruvius himself in 50 BC. In devices, all-screen is great for a screen… and bad for a multipurpose device.

      1. I would figure it’s easier to make a very tall, oddly (i.e. not a rectangle) shaped building out of thin panels covering a steel skeleton than any other method at this time, that’s why people keep doing it.
        Similarly, the glass backs on phones, often the exact same as the front glass with a hole cut in it for a camera, are a tooling cost saving measure justified by looking nicer…in clean room photographs. This one just puts a screen under it instead of a colorful film. Thing is, in the real world, it and most other 2019 phones look the exact the same with the screen off. A large, black, rectangular lozenge shaped glass sandwich, covered in fingerprint smudges, stuffed into a case because otherwise you’d drop and crack it. So despite being billed as a fashion accessory…nobody really cares.
        But hey! All four corners identical on the front!

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