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New Nubia Foldable Phone Is a Camera Watch, Comes Out In Two Weeks

It seems that everyone is releasing a foldable screen phone. Nubia, too — but it doesn’t believe a foldable should be a phone that turns into a tablet, but a phone that is a watch. We will finally know what it looks like at Mobile World Congress 2019.

Credit: Nubia

(Image credit: Nubia)

There was a tease posted by Nubia’s CEO Ni Fei, but now the company has set an official date and time, according to a report from PocketNow: February 25 at 6:00pm.

Credit: Nubia/Pocketnow

(Image credit: Nubia/Pocketnow)

There are not many details about this wearable phone, first teased last fall at the IFA electronics fair on Berlin, Germany.

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Nubia has said that its intention is to make a real phone that wraps around your wrist, with a camera and a long flexible OLED strip that apparently features a sliding interface:

The Apple Watch Series 4 with LTE connectivity can make calls and send messages just like a phone. Coupled with AirPods, the watch can almost replace a phone except for the lack of camera and lower battery life.

But while the phone part of the Apple Watch seems like an afterthought, Nubia — which is known for thinking out of the box and taking risks — seems to be going all in with the idea of making a phone into something that you can comfortably wear it at all time on your wrist, camera included.

It will be interesting to see how this 80s-Casio-looking phonewatch works in real life. We will discover it in Barcelona, Spain, in less than two weeks

Jesus Diaz

Jesus Diaz founded the new Sploid for Gawker Media after seven years working at Gizmodo, where he helmed the lost-in-a-bar iPhone 4 story and wrote old angry man rants, among other things. He's a creative director, screenwriter, and producer at The Magic Sauce, and currently writes for Fast Company and Tom's Guide.