Vivo NEX : The dream of the display-only smartphone is real
With the official launch of the Vivo NEX and the slightly slimmed-down NEX A, the manufacturer has actually brought the smartphone, which was still considered a concept at the MWC 2018, to mass production.
In addition to Oppo and OnePlus, Vivo is the third smartphone brand from the electronics group BBK. So far, the direction for both Vivo and Oppo has been that the top smartphone market will be more or less unaffected. But this restriction does not seem to apply from 2018. With the Vivo NEX and the slightly weaker NEX S, the Chinese manufacturer packs almost everything that is good and expensive.
Vivo NEX S: More display does not work
Notch-haters will love the Vivo NEX, because on the front of the smartphone sits a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED panel with the words “Ultra FullView Zero Screen Display”. The exciting thing about the display is not just the size and absence of a notch, but the fact that the display also emits sound. Such panels are known only from outrageously expensive OLED televisions or as prototypes on display demonstration events.
Since the display has no Notch and thus still the sensors for ambient light and proximity sensor must be placed, Vivo has moved this short hand behind the display. There is also the fingerprint sensor, but no longer has the wide area as in the APEX, but should be a further development of the known from the Vivo X21 ultrasonic sensor.
From the concept smartphone APEX Vivo takes over the extendable selfie camera, which dissolves with 8 megapixels. On the back sits a dual camera, whose 12 megapixel primary sensor, a Sony IMX 363, is already in use in Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2S and Mi 8. The aperture indicates Vivo at f / 1.8 and the camera has four-axis stabilization. The secondary camera comes to a resolution of 5 megapixels.
Inside the Vivo NEX and NEX S, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 8 GB of RAM and either 128 GB (Vivo NEX) or 256 GB (Vivo NEX S) provides plenty of steam.
Vivo NEX A with Snpadragon 710
In the cheapest Vivo NEX model, the manufacturer uses everything that was already installed in the other two variants. The only difference is under the hood in the form of the SoCs. Instead of the Snapdragon 845, the Vivo NEX A features the recently introduced Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 and Adreno 616 GPU. The memory is specified as 6 GB and data for 128 GB of internal memory. All three models have a 4,000 mAh battery.
Unfortunately, all NEX models are missing an IP certification, which is probably due to the motorized extension mechanism of the front camera and there is unfortunately no wireless charging. Instead, Vivo jumps on the AI marketing platoon and calls this Jovi.
Pre-order from June 13th
For the time being, the Vivo NEX Trio will only be withheld from the Chinese market. There the manufacturer accepts pre-orders starting June 13th. There are the three models in two color variants, Diamond Black and Ruby Red. The Vivo NEX A costs 3,989 yuan in China, the Vivo NEX 4,498 yuan and the top model 4,998 yuan. Converted into euros that would be 512,595 or 661 euros.