While many folding phones were shown off at Mobile World Congress 2019, by far the most outlandish was the Nubia Alpha, a bracelet-shaped smartphone which clipped to your wrist.
The band features a 4 inch 960×192 OLED screen, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage and a 5-megapixel camera, powered by a Snapdragon 2100 processor and can run a custom version of Android for a day or two on its 500 mAh battery. It comes in both a Bluetooth and eSIM version. Besides the multi-touch screen, it can also be controlled via gesture-based air controls, which lets you scroll through and go into and out of menus.
Now Nubia has opened reservations for the device at Chinese e-commerce platforms such as JD.com, Suning, Tmall, and more, with the company offering early birds six interest-free instalments and a free Bluetooth headset. This is without revealing the price, however, with orders opening on the 8th April 2019.
While Nubia has not confirmed the price, the Bluetooth-only model is expected to launch for €449 (roughly $510, £390, AU$710) in Europe, North America and China, sometime in the second quarter of the year, while the eSIM version (also available in gold) will be available in April in China and Q3 2019 in Europe and “Q4” for North America. The black version will cost €549 (around $620, £475, AU$870), and for the 18K gold finish, you’ll be paying €649 (about $740, £560, AU$1,030).
See TechAdvisor’s hands-on of the interesting device below: