Nubia Alpha is a foldable smartwatch that acts like a smartphone

Nubia Alpha: Is that a smartphone on your wrist, or are you on prison release?

Nubia Alpha: Is that a smartphone on your wrist, or are you on prison release?

This is exactly how the Nubia Alpha came to be, as it's essentially a smartphone that doubles as a smartwatch thanks to a flexible 4-inch display.

While many smartwatch manufacturers are struggling to upgrade their devices with LTE support in order to make them work independently from smartphones, the engineers over at ZTE chose to sit down and think of something that's a lot simpler: why not build a smartphone that's also a smartwatch? Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It sports a 4in flexible OLED screen, which the company claims delivers "230 per cent" more real estate than your standard smartwatch display.

A "wearable smartphone" with a flexible display that wraps around the wearer's wrist has been hailed as the most freakish device on display at the Mobile World Congress technology show.

It runs a custom version of Google's Android operating system, and also includes mobile payment capabilities, with the first version of the Alpha due to go on sale in Europe and North America in April.

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Nubia has also tried to revamp how you interact with the Nubia Alpha via A.I.M, i.e the Air Interaction Mechanism, where you don't need to touch the screen to control the device. The device has built with stainless steel and the display on it is coated in heat-resistant polyamide.

The Nubia Alpha also supports a T9 keyboard for typing text, for those after a proper blast from the past. The camera houses a 5-megapixel 82 degree wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

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The Nubia Alpha will be available in two options - one will be the Bluetooth version which will pair with a phone, and another will be the eSIM version which will allow it to be a standalone option. The Bluetooth model will launch for €449 (roughly $510, £390, AU$710) in Europe, North America and China, sometime in the second quarter of the year. The eSIM variant will be available in China in April for Euro 549 (roughly Rs. 44,300) for the Black colour options, and the 18K Gold variant will be priced around Euro 649 (roughly Rs. 52,400).

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