Nubia is working on an electrochromic-backed phone

Nubia, the former branch of ZTE and now an independent OEM, appears to be working to make its phones even more beautiful on the outside if a tease posted on the Chinese site Weibo is to be believed. A video posted on the site and with the caption “The new technology of the red devils [Red Magic] The gaming phone has been exposed, and the back cover appears to be able to alternate between transparent and colored. Are you waiting for mass production?It seems to point to Nubia as the latest company to experiment with ‘electrochromic’ properties on the back. In other words, a phone that can change color.

The teaser video was posted on AnTuTu’s official Weibo account, indicating that they probably have access to a unit for benchmarking purposes or have one for marketing needs. Either way, the source is very reputable and we are inclined to believe what we see in the video.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen manufacturers dabble in the electrochromic casing. Earlier this year, we saw the BBK Vivo brand demonstrate a phone that can change from blue to silver, while its sister brand OnePlus used it on its 2019 concept phone to hide the rear cameras from view.

The Nubia phone that is being teased is expected to be part of the Red Magic series of gaming phones, one of the only phone ranges to use active cooling fans on mobile devices, and that it could make the use of glass electrochromic is much more sustainable in a conventional version. . One of the challenges for electrochromic phone designers has been finding a way to keep power consumption at a level that would not deprive other components. If the battery stays cool, it should mean less likely to overcharge and overheat. The phone being teased is likely the successor to the Nubia Red Magic 5G, released in 2020, but we have no official confirmation of that so far.

However, the question that has yet to be answered is whether the advent of color-changing phone cases will usher in the end of phone cases. It’s going to be a lot harder to show off your phone’s party trick in a leather case.