Nubia Watch hands-on: 4-inch flexible display offers a glimpse of our wearable future

Matthew N. Henry

Apple, Samsung, Garmin, Fitbit, and others compete for manage of your wrist with square and spherical smartwatches with shows smaller than two inches. The Nubia Enjoy delivers a exceptional solution for wearables with a big 4.01-inch AMOLED adaptable display.

The Nubia Enjoy is more of a bracelet than a observe mainly because the two.5mm vast display covers the major of your wrist and then wraps down possibly facet, halfway down on my wrist. Therefore, it is bulkier than other smartwatches, but not as big as a lot of standard watches I have found on wrists. It can be definitely more of a principle wearable than some thing that is practical for each day wear.

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The Nubia Enjoy is now on Kickstarter with just about a week remaining in the campaign. At the time of this write-up, it experienced more than $188,000 pledged, much exceeding the $ten,000 goal. There have been even now some $199 pledges accessible with a great deal of $229 openings. The full retail price tag will be $398.


  • Display: 4.01-inch 960×192-pixel resolution adaptable AMOLED (244 ppi) made with Schott glass
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Dress in 2100
  • Storage: 32GB of internal storage for up to two,000 songs and loads of topo maps and action info
  • Drinking water resistance: IP54
  • Connectivity and sensors: Bluetooth, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU, optical HR, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Battery: Up to 7 times with 425 mAh battery
  • Proportions: forty one x fourteen.two x 125mm and ninety eight grams

An extension piece for the silicone band is integrated in the offer, attached by using a rapid-launch pin, that I applied to fit my wrist. The primary band piece is for smaller wrist dimensions.

The small, magnetic charging puck has a microUSB port with an integrated USB-A to microUSB cable to charge up the Nubia Enjoy.


Certainly, the most putting attribute of the Nubia Enjoy is the 4.01-inch very long adaptable AMOLED touchscreen that wraps close to your wrist. one/two inch on every single conclude of the band flexes and adjusts to match the curvature and size of your wrist. The relaxation of the display is flat on the experience and then curves down at every single conclude of the major, with the body maintaining it rigid as it transitions from the experience to the facet of your wrist.

Colors are brilliant and vivid on the display with crystal clear textual content. The touchscreen is responsive and functions in conjunction with the solitary components button on the correct facet of the Nubia Enjoy to accessibility and manage applications and options.

The observe sides and back again are built of aluminum and stainless metal content with a large quality fit and finish. The Nubia Enjoy feels like an costly piece of jewellery, but can be ordered at a acceptable price tag during the Kickstarter campaign.

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An optical coronary heart rate sensor is found on the back again and is applied with a focused coronary heart rate app, whilst doing the job out, and whilst sleeping.

Enjoy software

The 1st matter you see on the big gorgeous display is the observe experience and this is one particular location wherever Nubia used some time on enhancement. 30 watchband experience selections are accessible to pick out from with every single providing a exceptional appear and some with different kinds of info. You can also down load more selections from the Nubia Dress in app or add your favourite photo and develop your possess custom observe experience, whilst I could not get this aspect of the Nubia Dress in app doing the job on this examination unit.

A different way to demonstrate off the display is by choosing a marquee that supplies a dynamic display. For illustration, a matrix influence can be decided on with custom textual content. This is more of a demonstration of the technological know-how with little practice use.

Swipe down on the observe experience to accessibility rapid controls. Little icons are current to toggle steps this kind of as GPS, Bluetooth, elevate-to-wake, brightness amounts, electrical power-save, and more.

Swipe up on the display to watch your notifications. The notifications that will show up on the Nubia Enjoy are managed in the smartphone app.

Swiping correct or remaining, as effectively as pressing in on the solitary button, will open up the app launcher. Massive icons are current for simply call, messages, sporting activities, wellness, coronary heart rate, options, barrage/marquee, compass, routine, clock, look for cellular phone, and tunes.

Accessible sport modes involve outdoor walking, indoor running, outdoor running, and totally free exercise routine. I examined the outdoor running method a couple of times about the previous pair of weeks. When running the display will demonstrate calories burned, coronary heart rate, velocity, distance, and length. The very long display can help you see all of this info at once devoid of the need to scroll. Presently, only metric info is introduced so I experienced to execute some conversions in my head to relate to my standard schooling metrics.

The Nubia Enjoy will also keep track of your techniques, coronary heart rate, and nightly snooze, which show up when you open up the wellness app.

To use the tunes app and stream tunes to Bluetooth headphones you need to transfer MP3 information specifically to the observe. There is no integration with any tunes support so this capacity is of restricted use in modern environment of membership tunes selections.

Smartphone software

The weakest url in the Nubia Enjoy encounter is in the smartphone software. The observe software is wonderful for simple notifications and wellness info, but there is practically nothing you can do with this info beyond watch it on the observe and in the app. Even then, viewing in the app is exceptionally restricted and is an location ripe for critical improvement.

The smartphone app is referred to as Nubia Dress in and is accessible for the Iphone and Android smartphones. The primary display screen, own status, reveals your stage rely, coronary heart rate, and snooze along with link status and Nubia Enjoy remaining battery share.

The other display, my options, allows you watch specifics of the observe, take care of notifications, and take care of sync, tunes, and photographs (I couldn’t get this to perform at all).

There is no way to sync your captured wellness info to any support, this kind of as Strava, or watch the info by week, month, or other frequency. You can not watch the info to keep track of trends, operate studies, or do much with it other than watch it in the app.

Seeking at the simple pedometer function and info, I could not watch everything other than the current day. There are arrows at the major of the site that point out I could watch previous times, but this would not perform in the app so there are clearly features that need perform.

Each day use ordeals and summary

The Nubia Enjoy is an exciting technological know-how demonstration for adaptable shows and the components is much greater than I envisioned. It is really effectively built, has a large-quality appear and truly feel, and has specifications that demonstrate it should stand up effectively to the features.

When I went running, it took quite a few minutes for the GPS receiver to decide on up a signal. This is envisioned the 1st time you use a unit, but for subsequent runs in the exact location I even now ended up standing on the corner and stretching for fairly some time ahead of I could start off monitoring my running. The Nubia Enjoy seems to have completed pretty effectively monitoring my running info, as when compared to focused GPS sporting activities watches, but I couldn’t go back again and examine all of the specifics later mainly because of the restricted software on the cellular phone.

Inspite of its size, the Nubia Enjoy is at ease and I slept with it for quite a few nights to keep track of my snooze. I wouldn’t snooze with it each and every night if I was not screening it out, but with the very long battery life you could definitely do it if it was at ease ample for you.

With some perform on the software facet of factors, the Nubia Enjoy could provide as a able wearable with a concentrate on providing people a probable glimpse of the long run of wearables. If you can get if for about $two hundred, then you may get worth out of it, but it is not actually a practical wearable completely ready to just take on the likes of Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, or Samsung.

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