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NIO Prime Smartphone Unveiled in China with Elegant Design

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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In a bold move that signals its ambitions beyond the realm of automobiles, NIO, the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, has finally unveiled its very first smartphone. The announcement marks a significant expansion of NIO’s product lineup and underscores the company’s commitment to innovation.

The NIO smartphone, named the NIO Phone, was announced today at the NIO IN 2023 NIO Innovation and Technology Day in China and promises to offer consumers a seamless blend of cutting-edge technology and elegant design.

Boasting a sleek, minimalist aesthetic that mirrors the brand’s EVs, the premium NIO Phone features a high-resolution display, potent processor, and advanced camera capabilities, making it a formidable contender in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.

NIO Phone Design

The design of the smartphone is one of the remarkable qualities of the NIO prime phone. The upper left corner of the fuselage houses the NIO Phone’s three rear cameras, which are placed in two rows. The camera module has an integrated design that protrudes outward and is very recognizable.

The phone comes in a number of colors, including two ceramic and simple leather stitching shades that match the inside and four glass exteriors that match the car’s paint. Additionally, ceramic and blue plain leather with red stitching are available in the EP Edition. No doubt, NIO’s phone appears to be quite attractive.

NIO Phone Full Specs

With up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage capacity, in addition to UFS 4.0 and LPDDR5X, NIO phones are outfitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 leading version mobile platform, making them top flagship devices. Android 13 serves as the operating system.

Moving forward, the smartphone has a 6.81-inch Samsung E6 screen with a maximum brightness of 1800 nits and 2K resolution. Amazingly, the smartphone scored 1,360,974 points overall, 355,091 points on the CPU, 434,891 points on the GPU, 304,072 points on the MEM, and 266,920 points on the UX.

Fifty million pixels are used for the primary camera, wide angle, and telephoto lenses. The 2.8x periscope telephoto lens is supported by the triple camera setup of the back MX707 main camera, IMX766 free-form ultra-wide angle, and IMX890 65mm periscope zoom. It boasts a huge built-in battery of 5200mAh and supports wireless reverse charging as well as 66W wired fast charging.

Additionally, the NIO Phone supports Dolby Atmos, large-area ultrasonic fingerprint unlocking, and IP68 waterproofing. With the first-ever car control key for smartphones, you can quickly and easily access functions linked to automobile control across up to 30 applications, regardless of the application environment.

NIO Phone Pricing and Availability

As an NIO prime phone, the device is announced in China only with top performance configurations that satisfy users, flagship experience, smooth and light. The 12GB+512GB version of the smartphone goes official for 6,499 yuan, while the 12GB+1TB version is priced at 6,899 yuan, and the EXPedition 16GB+1TB version is priced at 7,499 yuan.

According to the brand, the new smartphone will start shipping on September 28 and is currently for sale at the Weilai App Store. NIO’s CEO, Li Bin, stated that the first batch of devices is not particularly sufficient because this is the first time to build a mobile phone, and he hopes everyone can understand.


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