Blurring the line between phones and watches, Nubia Alpha Smartwatch is based on around a flexible OLED screen. The device’s 4-inch, 960 x 192 screen sits inside a metal band that closes around your wrist, with a 5MP camera housed in the middle, along with its Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 8GB of onboard storage, 500mAh battery, and heart rate monitor. It runs a custom version of Android that supports everything from photos and phone calls to texts and movie watching and will launch later this year in both Bluetooth and standalone eSIM versions, the latter in both black and gold.
At Mobile World Congress 2019, ZTE’s Nubia division introduced its Alpha, a wearable device that can serve both as smartphone and smartwatch. While initially dubbed as an Android-based wearable smartphone, the Nubia Alpha is actually an advanced smartwatch with a massive display that can make phone calls. As per the company, the Nubia Alpha can withstand being bent 10,000 times and that it is water resistant. Nubia Alpha is a four core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU plus Adreno 304 GPU setup, which is further paired with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB NAND flash storage.
Nubia Alpha supports 4G/LTE, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity. Meanwhile, there will also be a version without 4G/LTE connectivity. Nubia Alpha is one of the most advanced smartwatch and fitness trackers available today because of its large display, gesture and voice-based controls, advanced sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate), attractive design, IP67-rated protection against dust/water, and so on.
ZTE plans to start selling its Nubia Alpha from April 2019. There will be two variants of the smartwatch, eSIM variant and a Bluetooth variant. The Bluetooth variant will launch at a price of €449, or roughly $510. The eSIM variant will be slightly more expensive at a price of €549, or roughly $620.