Last month, Chinese electronics company nubia unveiled a smartwatch featuring a flexible display in China. It was dubbed the nubia Watch and looked pretty similar to the nubia Alpha, the first product to sport a bendable screen offered by nubia. Previously, it was not known whether the smartwatch would be making its way to other markets. Today's announcement cleared the air, shedding some light on the matter.
Today the Shenzhen-based company which is best known for its Red Magic brand of gaming smartphones launched a Kickstarter campaign for the nubia Watch. As the page states that the Watch will ship internationally, it is understood that this will be a global version. An estimated delivery window for the smart wearable is given as October 2020.
Jack Hu, the creator of the nubia Watch, commented:
"At Nubia, we are passionate about using wearable technology to improve people’s lives. We identified that one of the problems with typical wearables was the difficulty of small displays that were limited in the amount of data that could be displayed. The development of our flexible AMOLED display for Nubia watch allowed us to provide a huge 4.01” color display that provides more information, better visuals, and stunning panoramas. It’s the perfect platform for notifications, exercise and workout data, as well as images. It’s both functional and stylish, and the flexible design means that it can conform to any wrist for a comfortable, perfect fit."
Moving on to the specifications of the smartwatch, they appear to be similar to the Chinese variant, including the color options: Army Green and Midnight Black. So far, the only difference seems to be that the global version will have an IP54 rating of dust and water resistance. Other confirmed features include a flexible 4.01-inch AMOLED display, a 425 mAh battery, GPS, Bluetooth and a couple of different sensors including a heart-rate sensor.
The promotional video on Kickstarter also shows off some features and functionalities of the Watch such as sleep tracking, motion detection, dynamic display, fitness tracking and a personal assistant. More details such as the chipset and OS are likely to be revealed sometime in the future when nubia achieves its financing goals.
While the normal retail price of the nubia Watch will be set at $399, people who back the campaign will receive special prices. Early bird backers of the crowdfunding initiative will get certain benefits and discounts. Those who are interested in the offers can refer to the Watch's page on Kickstarter for more details.