Some may say that the pursuit for a full-screen design has brought us a whole host of innovative mechanical solutions - slider mechanisms, pop-up mechanical selfies cameras, and even rotating and flipping cameras. Among those, dual-screen designs stand out as the most unusual of the bunch.
Which brings us to the nubia Z20 - a handset that tackles the full-screen design with two screens. However, nubia has kind of a unique take on the matter with a back display that blends with the design. You have to look real close to see that the phone has a secondary screen and you turn on the always-on feature, it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Oh, and both displays are OLED - a feature that's hard to ignore.
But the duo of screens isn't enough to sway users into buying the nubia Z20, so it has to impress with other specs and features. And we have some good news. The phone is a flagship-worthy handset checking almost all boxes for a 2019 top-shelf device. Running a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, a complete set of all three cameras (normal, ultra-wide and telephoto) and a generous 4,000 mAh battery, the Z20 is a competent contender to the flagships from the top brands.
And judging by the launch price in China, the nubia Z20 will give a few of the flagships a run for their money. Its global price of only €550 is low enough to overshadow its secondary screen.
The handset comes in a generous box containing all the necessities such as charger, USB-A to USB-C cable for data transfer and charging as well as the usual user manuals. There's also a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack dongle since the phone doesn't have one on its own.
More importantly, nubia is giving away a free transparent silicone protective case for the Z20, which to our surprise, works with the secondary display. It appears to be touch-sensitive and wraps around the phone's side frame and back completely. So don't worry about the secondary screen, this case should be enough to keep it out of harm's way. Unfortunately, it's still a silicone case, so it's not ideal for touching and swiping across it even feels unpleasant.