Goodbye display notch, it has been good understanding you. The
Vivo Nex
, with its pop-up selfie digicam and all display 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 could be. It begins with a  bezel-less 6.59-inch Tremendous AMOLED show that includes a full HD+ decision of two,136 x 1,080 pixels. There is not any entrance speaker grille, which provides it a clear, all display look. The fingerprint reader is built-in into the display, and a strong
Snapdragon 845 processor powers the telephone.

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

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The all-screen, no-notch Nex is superb to have a look at, and it is the proper dialog starter. I’ve had loads of individuals marvel on the pop-up digicam, although the primary query is normally 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 the terribly unwieldy
clone of an working system and the truth that the Nex is presently restricted to a couple nations, moreover China, the Nex will likely be accessible in Russia, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan quickly, however no phrase on when, or even when, it would head west. The Nex prices three,898 Chinese language yuan, which converts to $585, £445 and AU$790.  

That is not low-cost, however alongside the
Oppo Discover X
, the Vivo Nex demonstrates what futuristic
can appear like, by shifting the digicam and speaker grille to different elements of the telephone. If you may get your palms on the Vivo Nex and wish to stand out from the gang, it is a worthy buy, although in no way a mainstream machine. So be certain that the Nex will work together with your service 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 set the front-facing digicam, speaker grille and different sensors you must make a telephone work?

Vivo’s answer is to strip them out completely, which makes for a telephone face that is over 91 p.c display.

Look ma, no notch!

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The spotlight of the telephone, the Eight-megapixel selfie digicam lives contained in the telephone physique and pops up if you take a selfie. The mechanism is sturdy and sure unlikely to interrupt. I examined it fastidiously at first earlier than making use of extra power, and I am assured that it is something however  flimsy. The eject mechanism can be fairly robust too, sufficient to maintain push away my finger that was purposely blocking it with some power. If you swap from the rear dual-cameras to the entrance pop-up selfie, the switching pace is barely 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
($568 at, has this, too, and truthfully, I wasn’t too impressed. It was slower than an precise bodily scanner, and was typically irritating to make use of. Nonetheless, the Nex options the third-generation Synaptics scanner, 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 accessible on the Nex, because the selfie digicam is hidden away. However the in-screen fingerprint reader is quick sufficient.

To actually 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 as a speaker if you’re taking calls by means of the usage of a linear vibrator, which principally transmits the sound to the body of the telephone that is relayed by means of the display. This tech is much like
Mi Combine 2
($396 at, however performs out higher on the Vivo Nex. In contrast to the Mi Combine 2, the Nex does not broadcast your audio to everybody inside listening to vary.  Common music and video playback makes use of a bottom-firing speaker as an alternative.

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


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