Vivo NEX: screen with 91% ratio, drop-down front camera, Snapdragon 845 and integrated fingerprint reader
The dream of a mobile without frames. During the last few years we are seeing giant steps in that direction. First were the 18: 9 screens. After the arrival of the ‘notch’. The next step is now a little closer thanks to the new Vivo NEX. A terminal that had already been filtered and offers us a large-screen mobile with ultra-reduced frames, without notch on the screen and with the fingerprint reader integrated into the panel itself .
The Vivo NEX is not a small device, but its optimization is excellent. We have a theoretical screen ratio of 91% , surpassing others such as the Galaxy S9 or the Essential Phone that to date were the most compact devices for the screen they offered. Let’s see in detail what this new Vivo NEX offers us, a device that will give a lot to talk about and we believe can represent a turning point in this race to reduce frames to the maximum.
Vivo NEX data sheet
|I LIVE NEX|
|SCREEN||6.59 “FullHD + SuperAMOLED
(2316 x 1080 pixels)
|STORAGE||128/256 GB + microSD|
|CAMERAS||Rear: 12 + 5 MP, OIS, f / 1.8
Front: 8MP, f / 2.0
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||162 x 77 x 7.98 mm
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|OTHERS||Integrated fingerprint reader, 3.5mm jack, NFC, BT 5.0, USB type C, LTE Band 20|
The mobile ‘without frames’, without ‘notch’ and with fingerprint reader integrated in the screen
The Chinese manufacturer Vivo was the first to offer us a device with fingerprint reader integrated into the screen. It was the Vivo X20 UD and we had the opportunity to try it . With the new Vivo NEX we have a third generation of these integrated fingerprint readers on the screen , with greater surface area and greater precision.
The Vivo NEX offers us an UltraView SuperAMOLED screen of 6.59 inches with FullHD resolution in a 19.3: 9 format. A panel surrounded with frames but where the front camera is removable and does not occupy space in the front.
The theoretical screen ratio of the Vivo NEX reaches 91% and the lower frame occupies only 5 millimeters , although according to the calculations on its real ratio it would be around 86%. That minimalist aspect even moves to sound, where we find a technology to reproduce the sound through vibrations on the screen. In this section, the most powerful Vivo NEX incorporates an SSM6322 amplifier to improve sound fidelity.
Up to 8GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 845
The Vivo NEX incorporates 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM along with the powerful Snapdragon 845 processor , the same chipset that most of the 2018 flagships incorporate. For the battery, Vivo adds 4,000 mAh with fast charge through the USB port type C.
Vivo offers two versions of the Vivo NEX . On the one hand we have a model with the Snapdragon 710 and 6GB of RAM, while the top of the range will come with the Snapdragon 845, 8GB and models up to 256GB of storage, which in any case can be extended by microSD.
To improve gaming performance, Vivo has teamed up with Tencent to offer us its Vivo Game Engine . A game mode to enhance them that we have also seen in other devices and that in the case of Vivo will also help us not to lose coverage even if we are holding the phone with two hands and get a 3D surround sound .
Jovi smart assistant with dedicated physical button
FunTouch OS 4.0 is the software version that comes in the Vivo NEX. A system based on Android 8.1 Oreo that comes with a new Energy UI interface and where the Jovi intelligent assistant is introduced , able to recognize objects, translate texts, recognize scenes and the rest of artificial intelligence capabilities that we have seen in terminals such as from Samsung or Huawei.
The Chinese manufacturer has put a lot of emphasis on the capabilities of its assistant Jovi to such an extent that the Vivo NEX incorporates a dedicated button to activate it .
Double rear camera and folding front camera
In the back we find a double camera of 12 + 5 megapixels with an IMX363 sensor, an aperture lens f / 1.8 and pixels of 1.4μm . Additionally we have automatic focus, dual flashLED and 4K video recording with four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS). A photographic section that will be enhanced by artificial intelligence to identify scenes and apply effects such as portrait mode.
But without a doubt the most striking thing is its front camera. Not because of its characteristics, where we have an eight megapixel sensor, but because of the shape. The front camera will be hidden in the body of the device and we can deploy it to make selfies. A mechanism that reminds us of the one we saw in the Bluboo S2 , although in the case of Vivo NEX it seems much more advanced and precise.
Versions and price of Vivo NEX
The Vivo NEX will come in two versions, depending on its internal processor. At the moment it will only be for sale in China, although Vivo is one of the sponsors of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and may want to take advantage of the commercial pull to distribute it in more markets.
Its base price for the model with Snapdragon 710 is 3,898 Yuan , about 516 euros. Meanwhile, the model with the Snapdragon 845 will be priced at 4,498 Yuan, about 595 euros . In the version with 256GB its price will rise to 4,998 Yuan, about 661 euros. Vivo will offer us its new flagship in two colors, black and another version in intense red.