The Nubia Z18S, complete with rear display.

Update, September 26, 2018 (11:58AM EST): Below, we detail the specs revealed by a TENAA listing for the upcoming dual-screen Nubia Z18S. However, when we published the article there weren’t any photos yet in the aforementioned listing.

Now, however, we have three TENAA photos of the Nubia Z18S. Check them out below:


Original Article, September 24, 2018 (06:29 AM EST): An apparently leaked video of the Nubia Z18S made us sit up and take notice last week. The video shows a phone with a massive color display on its back, rather than an e-ink screen or tiny display.

It looks like the phone is indeed the real deal, as a Nubia device (model number NX616J) has landed on China’s TENAA regulatory body. The filing doesn’t have any photos of the device, but it lists two screens: a 6.26-inch TFT display (2,280 x 1,080) and a smaller, 5.1-inch OLED screen (1,520 x 720).

It makes sense for at least one of these displays to feature OLED technology, as it doesn’t consume as much power as LCD screens for always-on functionality.

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We also get a look at the rest of the spec sheet, including an unnamed 2.649Ghz octa-core processor (Google points to the Snapdragon 845 SoC), 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of fixed storage, a 3,800mAh battery, Android 8.1, and no headphone jack. These details seem to follow the standard Nubia Z18 then, albeit with a slightly larger battery.

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The TENAA filing also reveals two cameras (a 24MP shooter and 16MP snapper), which lines up well with the Nubia Z18’s 24MP+16MP rear camera setup. The filing doesn’t state whether this is a dual-camera combination or if it’s one camera for the front and one for the back. Nevertheless, the earlier video didn’t show a selfie camera, so we’d assume that there isn’t one. After all, the addition of a second screen means you can take selfies with the primary camera setup.

Between the previously-leaked video and this TENAA filing, it seems like we can definitely add one more phone to the list of recent dual-screen smartphones. But is the secondary screen actually helpful here? Hopefully, the phone gets officially revealed soon, so we can go hands on.

Would you buy this smartphone? Would you buy any dual-screen phone? Give us your thoughts in the comments section!