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Dual-screen nubia Z20 offers beefier chipset than Note 10 for half the price

The nubia Z20 offers a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, two screens, and two fingerprint scanners for roughly $500.

Published onAugust 8, 2019

The front and back of the nubia Z20.

We saw the nubia X launch late last year, offering a screen on both the front and back of the phone. The former ZTE sub-brand is back with the nubia Z20, and we’ve got a similar dual-screen design here.

The nubia Z20 packs a notch-free 6.41-inch AMOLED screen (FHD+) on the front, and a 5.1-inch HD+ AMOLED screen on the back. nubia’s rear screen starts just below the triple camera setup, and can blend in with the rest of the rear cover, much like the nubia X.

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Speaking of triple cameras, the phone packs a 48MP standard shooter with OIS, a 16MP ultra-wide snapper (122.2 degree FOV with 2.5cm macro shots), and an 8MP 3x telephoto snapper. nubia’s device doesn’t pack selfie cameras either, as you can simply use the second screen and triple camera setup to take self-portraits.

The Chinese brand also offers pressure-sensitive edges (much like HTCand Google’s Active Edge tech), as well as two side-mounted fingerprint scanners (one on each side). The latter is a particularly interesting move, and means you’ve always got a scanner on your preferred side. After all, nubia could use an in-display fingerprint sensor, but then you’d be lacking a scanner on one of the screens. And two in-display fingerprint sensors would likely drive up costs in a bigger way.

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The phone also serves up a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 512GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery with 27 watt fast charging. Don’t expect a 3.5mm port here, but you’ve also got 8K video recording, USB-C, and Bluetooth 5.1. It might be one of the first phones with Bluetooth 5.1 then, with the tech tipped to boost indoor navigation and tracker tag performance.

The 6GB/128GB nubia Z20 retails for 3,499 yuan (~$497) in China, while the 8GB/128GB model can be had for 3,699 yuan (~$525). There’s no word on pricing for the 512GB option just yet.

Either way, it’s one of the cheaper flagship phones around, let alone one of the cheapest Snapdragon 855 Plus devices. In fact, it offers a slightly more powerful processor than the Galaxy Note 10 series for half the price. Then again, you’re losing out on an S-Pen, and there’s no word if the nubia phone is packing ultra-fast UFS 3.0 storage like the Samsung flagships.

What do you make of the nubia Z20 though? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

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