Foldable smartphones are not the only ones using more than one display. After the Note 10 Series, the second most exciting phone launched this month is by ZTE’s subsidiary Nubia. The smartphone borrows some of its design elements from the Samsung Galaxy S10, but its unique selling point is its dual displays.
The Nubia Z20 is packed with top of the line hardware, thanks to which, the lesser-known brand ‘Nubia’ is making headlines. When compared to the vanilla Note 10, the Z20 might give it a run for its money.
Let’s see what this newly launched flagship has to offer.
Design and Display
As mentioned, the smartphone borrows some of its design elements from the Samsung Galaxy S10, we see similar curved glass edges, minimum bezels, horizontally aligned rear camera and the glossy finish on its mirror-polished metal frame. But the most exciting part of this smartphone is the second 5.1″ display at the back, which also has the same curved edges.
The primary screen featured by Nubia Z20 is a curved 6.42 inches full HD+ AMOLED display with small top and bottom bezels. The secondary display at the back of the smartphone and right below the horizontally aligned camera is a 5.1″ HD+ AMOLED panel which can blend nicely into the rest of the back when not in use. When operational, however, it can enable users to use the rear camera as a selfie shooter. Users can set up the screens to operate separately so that they can switch between apps. The back screen also serves as an always-on display.
As far as the fingerprint sensor is concerned, Nubia went with more than one. The smartphone features two side-mounted fingerprint sensors on both sides to ensure there is always a fingerprint sensor in a convenient location for each display.
The phone will be available for sale in three colors: Black, Blue, and Orange.
Internal and Storage
In terms of specs, the phone is powered by a top of the line Snapdragon 855 plus, challenging the new Notes. The chipset is topped with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 512 GB of UFS 3.0 storage.
Software-wise, the smartphone runs on Nubia’s UI 7.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
The Nubia Z20 comes with a triple camera setup on the rear, but it does not feature a selfie camera since the secondary screen can be used to convert the rear camera into a selfie camera. The camera features a 48MP Sony IMX 586 main sensor and OIS followed by a 16 MP ultra-wide sensor and 8 MP telephoto lens boasting 3X optical zoom. The camera comes with an LED flash on either side.
One of the most interesting features of this camera is that it is capable of shooting 8K resolution videos, but the 15-fps limit is a bummer.
Battery and Pricing
The whole package is fueled by a 4000 mAh battery backed by 27W fast charging. It is scheduled to go on sale on 16th August in China and will be globally released in September. The three variants are priced as:
- 6GB RAM and 128GB storage ~ $497
- 8 GB RAM and 128GB storage ~ $525
- 8 GB RAM and 512GB storage ~$596
Nubia Z20 Specifications
- CPU: 2.96GHz octa-core
- GPU: Adreno 640
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), Nubia UI 7.0
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
- Primary: Super AMOLED display, 16M colors, 6.42 inches, 1080p resolution
- Secondary: Super AMOLED display, 16M colors, 5.1 inches, 720p resolution
- RAM: 6 GB/ 8 GB
- Internal: 128 GB/ 512 GB
- Card slot: N/A
- Primary: 48 MP + 16 MP + 8 MP
- Secondary: No
- Connectivity: LTE, USB Type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, headphone jack, Bluetooth 5.0
- Fingerprint scanner: Yes, Two (Side-mounted)
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- 6GB/128GB ~ $497
- 8GB/128GB ~ $525
- 8GB/512GB ~ $596