Nubia Z20 Hands-on: Dual-Screens in a Different Way [Video]

Nubia Z20 Hands-on: Dual-Screens in a Different Way [Video]

Dual-screen phones were a big talking point this week thanks to, surprisingly, Microsoft. They showed off the Surface Duo, which features two displays connected by a 360-degree hinge. The Nubia Z20 is another dual-screen phone, but it takes a very different approach. XDA TV‘s TK Bay unboxed the phone and showed off how it works.

There have been many different attempts at getting the front-facing camera off the front of phones. Nubia’s approach with the Nubia Z20 is to remove the front camera entirely and slap a second display on the back. This means you can simply use the rear camera and display to take a selfie.


TK shows off how the displays automatically know which one you are looking at, so you can flip it back and forth in your hand and it will switch for you. The rear display is AMOLED (like the front), but it’s dimmer since it’s made to blend in with the back more. You can easily switch between apps on the front and back as well.

One weird thing about the Nubia Z20 is that it treats selfies and regular photos different. Even though both modes use the same cameras, if you’re using the rear display it will cap video to 1080p (even though it can do 4K when using the main display). Check out TK’s full video below to see his full impressions.

Specifications Nubia Z20
Size 158.63×75.26×9mm; 186g
Software Android 9.0 (Pie) with nubia UI 7.0
SoC Snapdragon 855 Plus (1 x Kryo 485 at 2.96GHz + 3 x Kryo 485 at 2.42GHz + 4 x Kryo 385 at 1.8GHz) 7nm Mobile Platform with 675MHz Adreno 640 GPU
RAM and storage
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB storage (UFS 3.0)
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB storage (UFS 3.0) / 512GB storage (UFS 3.0)
Battery 4000mAh with 27W fast PD charging, Quick Charge 4.0
Front Display 6.42-inch (1080 × 2340 pixels) 19.5:9 FHD+ AMOLED curved glass display
Rear Display 5.1-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) HD+ AMOLED
Ports USB Type-C port, dual SIM slots
Security Dual side-mounted fingerprint sensors
Rear cameras
  • 48MP rear camera with 1/2.25″ Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8um pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, dual LED flash, OIS
  • 16MP 122.2° ultra-wide camera, 2.5cm macro
  • 8MP telephoto lens for 3x lossless zoom and 30x digital zoom
Colors Black, Blue, Red

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Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.

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