We re barely into 2019, and the year is already shaping up to be a really exciting one for the mobile industry. Punch-hole displays have arrived to take over notches, and smartphones with mechanical sliders have suddenly made a form factor of the past hip again, in the industry s never ending-quest to eliminate bezels from mobile devices of the future. However, perhaps the most interesting of these upcoming trends are foldable smartphones. Also Read - Samsung's next-gen foldables could be 20 percent cheaper: Here's whyAlso Read - Red Magic 9R launched: A gaming beast that will not launch in India
Samsung unveiled a prototype of its much-rumored foldable smartphone at its developers conference last year, and the same is expected to launch at the company s eagerly-anticipated Galaxy S10 series launch event next month. Also, a recent report claimed that a plethora of OEMs, including Xiaomi, LG, Oppo, and Huawei could launch their own foldable devices this year. It seems we can add another name to that list Nubia. Also Read - Nubia Watch to be available globally in October with USD 400 price tag
As mentioned on popular Chinese portal Baidu, a report suggests that Nubia, which started off as a subsidiary of ZTE, will be launching its own flexible device this year. It s been reported that the device could go official as early as next month, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Now, what s worth noting here is that Nubia s device won t be exactly foldable . Instead, it ll reportedly come with a flexible screen and fall under the wearable category. This could mean Nubia s upcoming device will most likely be a smartwatch. In fact, it could even be a wearable smartphone, as Nubia had showcased a similar device last year at IFA 2018.
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Recently, Xiaomi and Rouyu have been arguing about flexible screens. I also heard that Huawei will display flexible screen phones at this year s MWC. Regarding the flexible screen, Nubia has different thinking. We exhibited a flexible prototype named Nubia- at IFA in August, and it was crowned by the media, Ni Fei, General Manager, Nubia smartphones, was noted as commenting on a Chinese social media platform.