Goodbye display screen notch, it has been good figuring out you. The Vivo Nex, with its pop-up selfie digital camera and all-screen expertise, proves you do not want ape the
iPhone X’s
($1,00zero at Cricket Wi-fi) design to face out, and that Chinese language telephone makers can certainly innovate.

Vivo’s Nex demonstrates all the things a telephone of the long run may be. It begins with a bezel-less 6.59-inch Tremendous AMOLED show that includes a full HD+ decision of two,136×1,080 pixels. There is no entrance speaker grill, which supplies it a clear, nothing-but-screen look. The fingerprint reader is built-in into the display screen, and a strong
Snapdragon 845 processor powers the telephone.

The magic of the Vivo Nex comes from its pop-up selfie digital camera.

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The Nex is wonderful to have a look at, and it is the right dialog starter. I’ve had loads of individuals marvel on the pop-up digital camera, although the primary query is often virtually all the time, “Will it break?” The reply isn’t any, it will not, however extra on that later.

The telephone’s main drawbacks are its terribly unwieldy
clone of an working system and the truth that the Nex is at the moment restricted to some international locations. Apart from China, the Nex will likely be obtainable in Russia, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan quickly, however there is no phrase on when, or even when, it’ll head west. The Nex prices three,898 yuan, which converts to $575, £440 or AU$775.  

That is not low-cost, however alongside the
Oppo Discover X
, the Vivo Nex demonstrates what futuristic
can appear to be, by transferring the digital camera and speaker grill to different components of the telephone. If you may get your fingers on the Vivo Nex and wish to stand out from the gang, it is a worthy buy, although under no circumstances a mainstream machine. So make sure that the Nex will work together with your provider bands earlier than shopping for it and including your SIM.

The Vivo Nex’s cutting-edge design can be intelligent

Firms that make “all-screen” telephones have an issue: the place do you place the front-facing digital camera, speaker grill and different sensors you must make a telephone work?

Vivo’s resolution is to strip them out completely, which makes for a telephone face that is over 91 % display screen.

Look ma, no notch!

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The spotlight of the telephone, the Eight-megapixel selfie digital camera lives contained in the telephone physique and pops up whenever you take a selfie. The mechanism is sturdy and sure unlikely to interrupt. I examined it rigorously at first earlier than making use of extra drive, and I am assured that it is something however flimsy. The eject mechanism can be fairly sturdy too, sufficient to maintain pushing away my finger, which was purposely blocking it, with some power. While you change from the rear twin cameras to the entrance pop-up selfie, the switching pace is simply slower by about half a second at most in comparison with the iPhone X.

One other cool piece of engineering is the underscreen fingerprint sensor. One other Vivo telephone, the
Vivo X21
($559 at, has this, too, and actually, I wasn’t too impressed. It was slower than an precise bodily scanner, and was generally irritating to make use of. The Nex options the third-generation Synaptics scanner, nonetheless, which registers my prints virtually instantly, a particular enchancment.

Whereas the X21 had face unlocking to assist with the fingerprint unlock, the choice is not obtainable on the Nex, because the selfie digital camera is hidden away. However the in-screen fingerprint reader is quick sufficient.

To essentially cement the all-screen expertise, Vivo additionally took away the Nex’s front-firing audio system. As an alternative, it makes use of the display screen as a speaker whenever you’re taking calls via using a linear vibrator, which principally transmits the sound to the body of the telephone that is relayed via the display screen. This tech is just like
Mi Combine 2
($405 at, however performs out higher on the Vivo Nex. Not like the Mi Combine 2, the Nex does not broadcast your audio to everybody inside listening to vary. Common music and video playback use a bottom-firing speaker as an alternative.

The trade-off for having a motorized digital camera is a telephone that is heavier than regular: virtually 200 grams (7 ounces). It feels kinda clunky, and associates who checked out the telephone additionally commented on the burden.


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