As we step into 2024, Nubia is making headlines with its much-anticipated entry into the foldable smartphone market. The tech world is abuzz with the expected announcement of the Nubia Z60 Fold, Nubia's first foray into this innovative segment. This device is anticipated to be a horizontally foldable smartphone, akin to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the OnePlus Open. Adding to the excitement, a recent development has shed light on another intriguing project from Nubia: the Nubia Flip 5G.
The existence of the Nubia Flip 5G, a vertically foldable device, has been confirmed through its appearance in the GSMA IMEI database. This discovery, made by publication GSMChina, reveals the model number, NX724J, but leaves much to the imagination regarding its specifications and launch date. The Nubia Flip 5G is shrouded in mystery, particularly whether it will feature an under-display camera like Nubia's recent flagship models.
Nubia Flip 5G hits the market with innovative design
Meanwhile, other brands such as Xiaomi and Honor are also gearing up to launch their vertically foldable smartphones in China in 2024. The Xiaomi Mix Flip is rumored to be equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. As for the Honor Magic Flip, while details about its chipset remain unknown, it is expected to house a 4,500mAh dual-cell battery, which would be a record for flip-style foldable phones in terms of battery size.
The anticipated launch timeline for these devices suggests the Honor Magic Flip could debut in the first quarter of 2024, with the Xiaomi Mix Flip following in the second quarter. As for Nubia, the brand is also expected to unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-powered Nubia Z60 Fold in the first quarter of 2024, although specific details about its features remain under wraps.
In related news, Nubia has recently launched the Nubia Z60 Ultra flagship phone. Priced at 4,299 Yuan, this device boasts an under-display camera, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, up to 24 GB of LPDDR5x RAM, up to 1 TB of UFS 4.0 storage, 50-megapixel triple cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery with 80W charging.