What’ll they think of next?! This quaint old-fashioned phrase can be conveniently used to describe the main feature of Nubia X, one of the world’s first smartphones with two screens, and certainly first with such impressive dual display combo. Upon seeing this and similar innovations which on the first glance look justified as the fifth wheel, one naturally wonders is this a real necessity or just a newfangled modish gimmick cleverly designed to raise the price of the device and attract the attention of hard-core techies and professional hipsters. However, upon analyzing all the pros and cons of this particular concept and compare it to other smartphones who aim to achieve the same thing (hint: we have a sneaking suspicion that notches aren’t in vogue anymore), we have to admit that design-wise this is probably the most elegant solution of them all.
Now, why would someone waste precious resources to develop a device which has something seemingly as excessive and unnecessary as the second screen? Well, there’s at least a couple of reasons for that, the first one being of purely aesthetic nature and that’s to remove, nay, totally obliterate those annoying and unattractive notches. Unlike some smartphone brands such as, for instance, Vivo Next S or Oppo Find X with pop-up camera systems which rely on motorized solutions and mechanic sliders to dispose of all unnecessary parts such as notches, the smart Nubia X offers something even more fitting and stylish: it simply has two touchscreens, one conventional at the front and one at the back – it also completely goes away with the front camera. Voila, the notches are gone!
Of course, Nubia X is not the first example of dual screen tendencies, since we have devices such as YotaPhone that already dabbled with this concept, although, due to the technological restrictions of that time, with much less impressive results. That leads us to the other main reason for this dual-screen experiment which just might become a permanent solution in the future – selfie superiority. Arguably, Nubia X is the best smartphone ever for selfie photographs. Period. And without the shadow of a doubt, Nubia X owes this quality to the fact that it boasts two displays. How’s that, you might ask, and what dual displays have to do with the selfie quality? Well, remember that we mentioned that the front camera is completely eliminated from the overall design of this telephone?
That’s because there are actually two cameras at the back – a 16 MP (f/1.8) and 24 MP (f/1.7), capable of capturing everything in stunning quality, including objects in some pretty weird positions. When you want to take a selfie, you’ll simply enter into the selfie mode, the back screen will turn on so that you can see exactly what you’re doing. When you’re finished, this back screen will be turned off, blending completely into the glossy back surface of the phone as if it’s actually not there. A perfect setup for selfies which not only enables selfie photographs of greater initial quality and considerably eases the process of taking pictures itself, but also, according to the designers, with the portrait mode turned on does a bunch of clever automatic adjustments based on your ethnicity, skin tone, background configuration etc. thanks to its advanced AI algorithms – all in effort to aid you in making that perfect selfie.
Of course, one of the coolest things about Nubia X (and what sets it apart from earlier examples of dual screen technology such as the aforementioned YotaPhone) is that both its screens are full-sized color displays. The main one is 6.26-inch LCD screen with 1080 x 2280 pixels and 16M colors, while the back OLED display boasts 1,520 x 720 pixels. Now, although other specifications and features of Nubia X are understandably a bit overshadowed by its dual screens system, they are still top notch (if you don’t mind our pun). Nubia X with its dual screens requires a quite a bit energy, so it’s juiced up by a capable 3800mAh battery with fast charging feature which should give you a plenty of time to take all the selfies you want, without fearing that the whole thing will shut down in the middle of your photo session. As far as its RAM size and internal storage capacity is concerned, Nubia X comes in several variants – 6 GB RAM with 64GB of storage, 8GB RAM with 128GB 64, and 8GB RAM with 256GB. As can be expected, Snapdragon 845, a ubiquitous processor of 2018 also powers this particular smartphone. Perhaps the only thing that spoils otherwise perfect impression is the fact that Nubia X is based on the Android 8.1 (Oreo) and not the latest Android 9 Pie OS.
When it comes to overall aesthetic impression, with its sleek glass design which comes in several colors and impressive effect that secondary screen makes when it’s turned on, Nubia X certainly rubes elbows with the most beautiful smartphones on the market today. Finally, depending on the variant (i.e. RAM and internal storage size), this no-notch selfie extravaganza comes at the relatively modest price (compared to some other flagships, of course) that approximately ranges from about $473 to $600.