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The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman's phone

You may never buy it, but that doesn't mean this wearable phone isn't lacking good ideas.

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Patrick Holland, Kent German
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Nubia Alpha

Is it a watch phone? Or a phone watch? The Nubia Alpha feels more like a watch. 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.

For more, read my full Nubia Alpha review on CNET.

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You can interact with the flexible 4-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. But you can also wave your had over the Nubia to navigate screens.

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

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There is a built-in heart rate monitor and numerous fitness features for recording workouts, sleep tracking and step tracking (which worked okay).

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You'll either love or hate the looks. Some people I showed it to thought it was a house arrest bracelet.

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There is a 5-megapixel camera that take pretty bad photos. They look like they are from an iPhone 3GS.

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Besides taking photos, you can also record 10-second long video clips. But because of the camera's placement framing for photos and videos looked horrible.

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The Nubia Alpha watch is now on sale for $449. The US version connects via bluetooth while the Chinese version has an eSIM for making phone calls.

For more, read my full Nubia Alpha review on CNET.

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