Vivo Nex: Bezel-Less and Notch-Less Smartphone with a Concealed Selfie Camera

Here’s a first look at the Vivo Nex – a bezel-free and notch-free smartphone with a hidden-inside-the-body front camera that pops out on command

Vivo Nex: Bezel-Less and Notch-Less Smartphone with a Concealed Selfie Camera

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo launched its stunning new flagship phone, the Vivo Nex, on Tuesday (June 12) at its Shanghai launch event.

If the name Vivo is sounding familiar, it is the same company we saw back in February at the Mobile World Congress where it showcased the concept version of this new flagship, which the company called Vivo Apex, at the time.

The first striking feature of the Vivo Nex – and, probably, the best – is the obstruction-free 6.59-inch screen real estate.

Yes, Vivo has successfully eliminated the oh-so-irritating notch to give you a truly edge-to-edge bezel-less display, boasting an incredible 91.24 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Even before going any further into the details of the Nex, it should be safe to say, from what we know so far, that the company seems justified in claiming that this is the smartphone of the future.

Obviously, getting rid of the notch required Vivo to find an alternative accommodation for the front-facing camera.

Vivo cracked this problem with a truly creative solution, cleverly placing the 8-megapixel front-facing camera inside the phone’s chassis, to stay concealed, until needed.

The coming out of the camera from inside the Nex’s body cannot, really, be described as a pop-up; it’s more of a smooth, fluid movement, as the camera slides up and out.

It certainly looks like this bit of tech is here to stay – and be copied, again and again!

All it takes to get the camera going is a tap on the camera icon in the camera app, and the selfie shooter will be ready for action in just one second.

If you’ve already decided to buy the Nex, mechanism failure should be the least of your worries, as Vivo is believed to have tested the setup in drop and durability tests and claims that the camera can be raised and lowered up to as many as 50,000 times without any glitches, whatsoever.

The gorgeous sweeping display is a super AMOLED panel, with the same under-screen fingerprint reader we’ve seen before from the company; however, this time around, it’s a, somewhat, improved version of the earlier versions.

The Nex’s fingerprint reader is a bit more accommodating when it comes to recognition accuracy, which the company claims is 50 percent higher on the new reader; a tad faster too.

The initial set up of the fingerprint reader is a little tricky, though; however, once it has successfully registered your fingerprint it is quick to recognize it.

Concealment does not end with the front camera; even the Nex’s speaker system is built under the display and employs a technology called “screen sound casting,” which uses the entire display to vibrate and produce sound; that is why you will not see any speaker holes anywhere on the phone.

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The technology may encounter some privacy issues, though, unless Vivo has found a workaround to the problem; as a similar feature on the original Xiaomi Mi Mix was discontinued by the company on the subsequent Mi Mix because the tech had a tendency to broadcast your conversations to everyone around you.

Moving to the back of the phone, you will find a vertically stacked dual camera system – a 12-megapixel f/1.8 shooter and a 5-megapixel f/2.4-aperture secondary camera.

The phone has a charging C port at the bottom.

And, here’ something that will, ahem, surprise you; the phone, actually, has a headphone jack on the top.

Under the hood, the Nex boasts some of the newest and best silicon power, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and an Adreno 630 GPU

Plus, the phone ships with 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage capacity, with a massive 4,000 mAh battery.

Running on Vivo’s Funtouch OS – which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo – the Nex allows you to use access gesture styles to easily navigate the phone and access different controls, somewhat along the lines of the iPhone X.

The phone also boasts a smart assistant called Jovi and it appears to be Vivo’s answer to Bixby – dedicated button included.

All in all, the Vivo Nex has an incredibly premium feel to it and the massive notch-free bezel-free display is as immersive as a phone screen can, possibly, be.

Many of you out there may not have any issues with having a notched phone, but once you’ve got the feel of a phone that offers a perfect distraction-free screen experience, you’d likely be sold on it.

As of now, the phone is being made available only in China with no information from the company, yet, about the phone’s availability in other markets, including Europe and the U.S.

The 256GB onboard storage version of the flagship is selling for the equivalent of about $780, in China.

Vivo Nex specs at a quick glance

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 256GB onboard storage
  • Display: 6.59-inch Super AMOLED full-HD+
  • Features: In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Front-facing camera: 8-megapixel pop-up
  • Rear-facing camera: Dual 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.5″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.4), 4-axis OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash.

Note: the phone is also available in a cheaper variant with a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.

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