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Nubia looks to replace front-rear cameras
November 5, 2018, 1:34 pm

October was rife with product launches and just before the month could flip over, Nubia, a little- known Chinese smartphone manufacturer announced the launch of its new flagship phone called Nubia X.

Images leaked ahead of the big unveiling in Beijing shows the device has taken an extreme approach to solving the dual problems of needing both a front and rear camera, as well as reducing the size of screen bezel. Nubia hopes to solve both challenges by placing a second display on the back and removing the entire need for a front-facing camera and obliterating the ugly notch that necessitates a bezel on many new flagship phone models.

The second display on the Nubia X is a full-sized color screen and not a small e-paper display as featured in the YotaPhone. You simply flip the phone around to its back and take your selfie with the main camera. An impressive feature of the display screen on the back of the Nubia X is that it disappears completely when switched off, by blending into the colorful glass back of the phone.

The main display on the front is a 16cm (6.26-inch) LCD with a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080, while the rear panel is an OLED screen with a resolution of 1,520 x 720. The battery powering this screen sandwich is rated at 3,800mAh, and there will be a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and the ever-present Snapdragon 845 will be at the heart of the whole thing. Alas, the software Nubia intends to ship with the X is based on the older Android 8.1 Oreo instead of the freshest Android 9 Pie.

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