nubia Z20 in for review

Ro, 22 September 2019

Full-screen designs are a thing now and every smartphone maker has its own take on the matter. Some prefer pop-up cameras, others are still stuck with notches (ahem, Apple and Huawei) while yet others are just slapping a second screen on the back of their devices. After the vivo NEX Dual Display, here comes the nubia Z20.

nubia Z20 in for review

The nubia Z20 has a unique twist to its secondary screen design. When the screen isn't on, the back looks like a standard curved glass panel with a flashy gradient paint job but once you turn on the secondary screen, the better part of the back lights up.

The trade-off is color accuracy. The Blue version that we have, although looking pretty awesome, distorts the colors and makes them blue-ish, especially the white elements.

The nubia Z20's second screen The nubia Z20's second screen
The nubia Z20's second screen

Spec-wise, the nubia Z20 is every bit the flagship. The main display is OLED measuring 6.42" in diagonal and having 1080 x 2340px resolution, complete with HDR10 support. The secondary screen comes in at 5.1" with an HD+ resolution.

All those pixels are driven by a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage.

nubia Z20's front and rear screen nubia Z20's front and rear screen
nubia Z20's front and rear screen

In the camera department, the handset packs a 48MP main shooter with f/1.7 aperture and OIS. An 8MP telephoto camera capable of 3x optical zoom keeps it company, while the third camera has ultrawide angle lens and a 16MP sensor.

As you've probably guessed, the handset doesn't have a front-facing camera so it uses its main camera for selfies and video calls and the secondary screen as a viewfinder.

nubia Z20 in for review

A 4,000 mAh battery with support for 27W fast charging over Power Delivery 2.0 keeps the nubia Z20 going.

It's too early to tell how the phone feels on a daily basis usability-wise but nubia did include two side-mounted fingerprint readers for optimal convenience. That way you always have a sensor under your finger regardless of which screen you mean to power on.

We were mesmerized by the always-on animations and effects on the secondary screen - it's definitely a looker.

nubia Z20 in for review

We've only just begun our testing of the nubia Z20 and there's a lot to go through. Stay tuned for our detailed review coming soon!


Reader comments

  • Gusta
  • 24 Sep 2019
  • 61K

Not all people think like what u think. Especially for woman. Woman need simpe, stylish, not so big size, and quite good camera. Some people also don't like heavy and large phone. They like the size of S10, P30, and Meizu 16s series. Some people also...

  • booldega
  • 23 Sep 2019
  • LgM

Does it have USB 3 and video-out over USB-C ?

Its a beauty and its amazing how the rear display blends so well with the color (is it display on?) And better colors for the rear display would have made it great and they could have put UD FPS on top half of both displays like where a physical back...

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