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Is it a watch phone? Or a phone watch? After a short tour, the Nubia Alpha feels more like a watch with a phone built in. But either way, it's an interesting and welcome change from a sea of black rectangle phones. And unlike the wearable phone concepts we've seen before, it actually works.

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You can interact with the flexible 4.01-inch flexible OLED display in a couple of ways. I mostly swiped up and down and back and forth through the various menus using my finger. I wasn't optimistic going into my trial, but the screen was responsive and easy to use. 

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To move back through a menu, you press on the bottom crown.

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The Alpha also supports gesture recognition. It works relatively well, but it was difficult to get a good sense of just how good it was when I wore it for just a short time. But even if it was great, I'm not sure I'd use it all that much.

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The Alpha closes with a clasp. I couldn't close it completely due to the security cable, but the watch didn't feel too heavy. The gold color is a bit blingy, but even in the black hue, it's not a watch for people that like minimalist design. The Alpha is water-resistant, and it doesn't feel cheap.

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The Alpha has four main menus, each in a different color. Swipe to either side to scroll through them.

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Options in the blue menu are mostly about settings, like selecting a Wi-Fi network.

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Check the purple menu for utility options like weather, your schedule and a stopwatch.

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The last menu, with orange icons, has a large set of sleep-tracking, fitness and health-assistant apps.

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Powering the Alpha is a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor from Qualcomm.

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There's one version of the Alpha with an eSIM for making calls. Dial numbers on the little keypad. The eSIM supports 4G networks.

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Typing messages using the nine-digit keypad would be maddening in the age of full-screen keyboards. Hopefully, the Alpha supports voice dictation. 

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There's a 5-megapixel camera for selfies or anything else.

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The camera lens is just to the right of the display.

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The photo gallery scrolled in a loop across the screen. It all made for a cool effect to see photos flash by.

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The Nubia also records video.

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There's even a music player. You have 16GB of RAM for storing your stuff. 

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