Time will tell if this will also be the case with the Vivo Nex. There's no cutout at the top, yet its bezels are still tantalizingly thin.
There's no beating around the bush, the elevating camera is the Vivo NEX's selling factor. You know, the whole nine yards. The bezels are tiny on all sides, including the bottom. Vivo has managed to achieve an insane 91.24% screen-to-body ratio, which no other manufacturer achieved in the past. It's a 6.6-inch (18:9) AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2244 x 1080 pixels. Screen density is a relatively low 338 ppi, but thanks to the large screen, it shouldn't be a huge issue.
Vivo pulled most of the stops for the NEX in terms of specs.
It's an ingenious solution to a problem that phone designers have been trying to solve ever since Xiaomi started the bezel-less craze with the Mi Mix. It has an 8-megapixel camera pop-up camera on the front. The mid-end variant has the same specs as that of the highest-end variant except for the internal storage as it packs 128GB storage.
"Technologies such as the Elevating Front Camera and In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology merely scratch the surface of all the innovations featured in NEX".
Oh, I nearly forgot an in-display fingerprint scanner. There is no earpiece speaker, for example, since the entire screen is turned into a speaker via "Screen SoundCasting Technology". One will be a base model NEX, while the other will be the more powerful, more expensive NEX S. The base Vivo NEX will be powered by the new Snapdragon 710, making it only the second device to bear that honor. There's no microSD card slot inside the smartphone. The back sports a 12MP f/1.8 sensor paired with 5MP f/2.4 unit - a setup that has been recycled from the X21 UD. The rear camera offers EIS, 4-axis OIS and has support for the dual pixel autofocus technology.
The hardware enables features like Portrait Mode (adjustable depth of field effect), Live Photos, Beauty mode, AI HDR, and AR stickers. There's also a voice assistant called Jovi to help users with tasks, though this will likely only be available in China. There's a dedicated button on the side of the camera that triggers Jovi on the long-press action.
No word on worldwide availability - the press release just says that it will be available in China but we knew that from the start.
It's not clear whether the Vivo Nex will be released internationally.
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