As displays consume more and more of the front real estate on a smartphone, the question of where to put the front-facing camera and sensors arises. The primary answer this year has been to slice out a chunk of the display and create a “notch” for the camera, but we’ve also seen a few companies push forward alternate ideas. Options so far have included a motorized pop-up camera, like on the Oppo Find X, or adding a dash of old-school flare and making a slider smartphone like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. But are you so desperate to kill the notch that you would add an entire second display to the back of a smartphone? Meet the ZTE Nubia X.
Now that it’s not going to be killed by the US government, ZTE is back at work and is introducing this crazy dual-screen device. The front of this thing has a 6.26-inch, 2280×1080 LCD and, thanks to a lack of front-facing camera and minimal bezels, is sporting a 93.6-percent screen-to-body ratio. When you want to take a selfie, you’re supposed to flip the phone over and use the rear camera, where a 5.1-inch, 1520×720 rear OLED display will act as your viewfinder. Smartphone displays are usually the most expensive components in a smartphone, so adding a whole second display to the back might be the most expensive notch-killing solution ever.