2019 was supposed to be the year of the foldable smartphone but seeing as Huawei hasn’t launched its Mate Xdevice and we’ve all witnessed the troubles that Samsung has endured with the Galaxy Fold, it seems that the next best thing is a phone with dual displays. At least, that’s what Nubia is hoping is the case with its Z20 handset that boasts a 6.42-inch FHD+ main display and a 5.1-inch secondary display embedded on the rear panel. Set to launch in China on August 16 and globally sometime in September, could the Nubia Z20 be the answer to the question that no one has asked?
That previous comment is a little harsh because I can fully understand the convenience of seeing notifications and calls when the phone is placed face-down thanks to the Always-on-Display on the secondary screen. That being said, you could easily just place the handset down with the display facing up, it really is that simple. Regardless, Nubia has designed the Z20 so that its pretty difficult to see which is the front or back of the phone, apart from the glaringly obvious rear camera housing. Speaking of cameras and displays, the front panel is entirely notchless because there is no need for a dedicated selfie camera thanks to the secondary display’s ability to be used as a viewfinder.
Under the hood is where the Z20 gets more interesting because it’s running the brand-new Snapdragon 855 Pluschipset, along with up to 8GB of RAM and a whopping 512GB of speedy UFS 3.0 storage. There’s a nice big 4,000mAh battery along with 27W PD Fast Charging although as you might expect, wireless charging isn’t present.
As for the trio of rear cameras, there’s a main 48MP sensor with OIS, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 122.2-degree FoV, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and up to 30x digital zoom. The Z20 supports 8K ultra-high-definition, 1920fps super slow motion, and HDR10 10bit video recording. It also has an advanced Pro Mode (with 2.5cm macro capability) and an upgraded Super Night Mode, so you should be covered for most scenarios.
If the Nubia Z20 floats your boat, it’s launching in China on August 16, and globally sometime next month which means we may see it announced during IFA 2019 in Berlin. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but it’s unlikely to reach the same eye-watering heights as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
About the Author: Peter Holden
He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).