MWC: ZTE Premieres its First Flip Phone, the Nubia Flip!

You may have seen this device launch early somewhere in Japan under a different name

When ZTE gave us a press release about its Mobile World Congress (MWC) adventures, they also announced its global plans, dubbed “Better For All”. In it they said they want to have a presence in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa. ZTE is already an established brand with a huge presence in Europe, India, and parts of the Americas and now they will compete with contemporary brands like Honor, Transsion, and Xiaomi. We hope they fare well because more competition is good in this vastly saturated smartphone market space.

ZTE positions themselves similarly to Huawei as both manufacture infrastructure equipment, smartphones, and both were sanctioned by the United States at least once. Their commitment is showcased in MWC where they unveiled several products. One of them is a clamshell flip phone with a familiar face.

What you can see above is the Nubia Flip but for Japanese users, it is known as the Libero Flip. It is the exact same phone so it could be launched globally with a similarly low price as well, beating the Tecno Phantom V Flip as the most affordable foldable phone ever.

Speaking of the Phantom V Flip, the rear camera layout is very similar, even the circular-cut cover screen. This rear camera island houses the 50MP+2MP camera setup. In contrast with other flip phones, this one is far more limiting. You do get what you pay for. It also has a 16MP selfie camera which is a typical thing for midrangers.

The Nubia Flip has a 6.9″ FullHD+ OLED screen with no mentions of high refresh rates. You’ll also find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 inside. Dated? Yes. Competitive? Yes. This phone has 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM. Pretty basic, must say. It also has a 4310mAh battery with QC 3.0 charging and 33W charge rate.

There is no price yet in the Philippines but it could launch very soon. Now then, you can find the phone in Japan as the Libero Flip. There, it costs JPY 63,000 (~PHP 23.4K) which makes it even more affordable than the Phantom V Flip by PHP 6.6K! Although the Tecno has more functional cameras than the Libero/Nubia Flip.