Chinese smartphone company Nubia has been confirmed to be working on a gaming smartphone since early this month, and at MWC 2018, the company is showing off the first prototype of the Nubia gaming smartphone.
Little is known about the Nubia gaming smartphone, beyond the fact that co-founder Ni Fei confirmed the company’s intentions in a Weibo post in February. Even the reps at the Nubia booth here did not seem to know anything about the product, other than it being on prominent display at the company’s MWC booth.
There are, however, some additional details at the glass encased setup. The Nubia gaming smartphone prototype was naturally off-limits for attendees, but there were a few useful information that we can gather. For starters, the prototype’s design is almost certainly inspired by supercars, with an emphasis on red accents. Not too surprising, since virtually every “gaming” product usually has red accents to increase aggreesive looks.
Meanwhile, the internals have four cooling fans – two at the top, and two at the bottom. Since traditional smartphones’s internals are sealed, I’m not exactly sure how these fans would help dissipate heat. Nubia calls this setup the “turbulent flow principle”, which again has raises more questions than answers.
Other parts of the display also suggest the use of “nano carbon” materials for the Nubia gaming smartphone, as well as molecular scaling micro process in the device manufacturing. More importantly, the only working part of the prototype seems to be the RGB strip below the camera, which means the company at least knows what’s important for gamers.
Otherwise, not much else is known about the Nubia gaming smartphone. There are reports that suggest the company may be ready to release the device sometime this year, but the fact that Nubia showed off three different prototypes suggests that it may still be some way down the pipeline. Don’t be surprised if the Razer Phone remains the only gaming smartphone in the market in 2018.