The Nubia X goes a completely different route to maintain slim bezels all around while also retaining an extremely high screen-to-body ratio; and it does so without failure-prone sliding mechanisms. Instead of putting a forward-facing selfie camera above the display, the Nubia X actually uses the rear cameras to take selfies. But how do you see yourself when taking a picture, you might ask? Well, the Nubia X actually feature a large secondary color display on the back.
This is the Nubia X, a dual-screen phone with a very high screen ratio.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 31, 2018
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When the display is turned off, the back of the Nubia X looks like just any other glass-backed smartphone that you might find sitting on display at your local Best Buy. But once it's turned on, the color display springs to life giving you full access [including touch] to the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.
So, this explains how Nubia is able to ditch the front selfie camera altogether. And speaking of the cameras, the primary shooter has a 16MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens, while the secondary camera has a 24MP sensor (f/1.8). The usual goodies like AI scene recognition and phase detection autofocus are also included.
The Nubia X's primary LCD measures 6.26 inches and has a resolution of 2280 x 1080. The secondary display on the back is actually a 5.1-inch OLED with a resolution of 1520 x 720. As has become standard practice with 2018 flagships, the Nubia X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that can be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It also features a rather beefy 3800 mAh battery. And in addition to the two displays, there is also a fingerprint reader positioned on the side of the smartphone.
Unfortunately, it appears that the Nubia X will be released to just the Chinese market, as there are no plans for a global launch. That's a shame, because this is actually a rather intriguing way to design a smartphone that is nearly "all screen". However, we'd hate to see the repair bill once someone [inevitably] drops the Nubia X.