Electric car manufacturer Nio is making its first foray into the field of telephony with the Nio Phone, an Android smartphone designed to appeal to at least half of the brand’s vehicle owners.
Nio is a major player in the automotive industry in China and is also looking to establish itself in Europe. The company has sold 150,000 electric vehicles in 2022, and has set a goal of selling double that number this year. The company is launching the Nio Phone, a smartphone designed to attract potential customers thanks to its extensive integration with the brand’s vehicles.
And to please as many people as possible, the Nio Phone displays a technical sheet worthy of a flagship. It is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, with a maximum of 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage. It features a 6.81-inch curved LTPO OLED display at 120Hz, for a peak brightness of 1800 nits. For the battery, the manufacturer announces a 5200 mAh capacity and an fast charging at 66W wired and 50W wirelesson the dedicated car charger.
Nio launches a smartphone dedicated to its electric cars
The photo part of the Nio Phone is not left unprepared, with three sensors of 50 MP each. A Sony IMX766 sensor for the 15 mm ultra-wide angle, a Sony IMX707 for the wide angle, the Sony IMX890 for the Periscopic telephoto lens with 2.8x optical zoom. Blur effect, Night mode, features AI image processing are also there.
From the app Nio Link and its thirty car-specific features from the brand to the SkyUI software overlay, everything is done to make the Nio Phone a real car phone. Moreover, in an interview with CNBC, William Li, the company’s CEO, does not hide his ambitions: “more than half of Nio’s customers are also iPhone users, while the other half uses premium Android smartphones from Huawei and other brands. These users will be very likely to choose this new form of device when they change their phone. The Nio Phone is currently only sold in China, at a price oscillating around €850.