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Vivo NEX

Colours:
Black
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 128 GB
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Bezel-less futuristic design
  • Pop-up selfie camera
  • 22.5W fast charging support
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • Good AMOLED display
  • Good audio quality
Cons
  • No IP rating
  • NFC
  • No wireless charging
  • In-display fingerprint sensor does not work sometimes

Specifications

General
Launch DateJuly 21, 2018 (Official)
BrandVivo
ModelNEX
Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UIFuntouch OS
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Chargingyes
Design
Height162 mm
Width77 mm
Thickness7.9 mm
Weight199 grams
ColoursBlack
Display
Screen Size6.59 inches (16.74 cm)
Screen Resolution1080 x 2316 pixels
Aspect Ratio19.3:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density388 ppi
Display TypeSuper AMOLED
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (claimed by the brand)91.24 %
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)86.47 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 845
ProcessorOcta core (2.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 630
RAM8 GB
Storage
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory
User Available StorageUp to 108 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
SensorExmor-RS CMOS Sensor
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisationyes
Flashyes
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording3840x2160 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
Quick Chargingyes
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
SAR ValueHead: 1.060 W/kg, Body: 0.296 W/kg
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionOn-screen
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
ApplicationsNewspoint, UC Browser, Amazon, WPS Office, Amazon Prime Video, Phonepe
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

If you are game to own the most futuristic smartphone available today, then undoubtedly go for Vivo Nex. It will surprise you and make others envy for what you have. But this cannot be an everyday phone for you, something that you can rely on wholeheartedly. As already mentioned, the in-display fingerprint sensor is slow and unreliable at times and there are issues with FunTouch OS. The software is not the most robust and stable one. Just like Oppo Find X, Vivo Nex too is pretty delectable and needs care and attention to use. But yes, phones like these will become more common in the coming years. Vivo Nex gives us a flavor of what smartphone going to look like and do in the future. It is more of a concept phone that can pull off things sometimes but has its own issues that needs to be addressed.

Introduction:

Chinese smartphone brands have become surprisingly innovative in designing remarkable phones, futuristic in appeal, these phones are truly an object of desire for a smartphone enthusiast. Vivo Nex will turn your head for all it does but leaves a question for its durability and how efficient it can be in the long run. Vivo Nex has been launched in July 2018 and is only available in China, Asia and India, to be more precise it is more of a Chinese phone as when you look deeper into it’s the fact is all revealing. Vivo Nex is available on Amazon India and is priced at Rs 44,990.

To begin with Vivo Nex goes completely bezel-less, one of its kind and perhaps a commendable initiative from Vivo. Bezel-less might sound attractive and easy but it throws up different challenges in designing. You have to figure out all these different places to situate navigation buttons, and most importantly the front camera and lens, not to mention the speaker grille. Vivo has turned all these design challenges into stand-out features of this handset. Vivo is futuristic because the way the front camera pops up, and how your entire screen also functions as a speaker. But this phone isn’t far from imperfection; Vivo Nex is a beautiful phone with its own shortcomings. But they are forgivable because this phone signals how the future of smartphones is going to look like and Vivo Nex isn’t a lost cause.

Design & Display:

The Vivo Nex is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with Adreno 630 GPU coupled with 8GB RAM. It is a solid combination for the price and performance. The phone has an internal memory capacity of 128GB. There is no dedicated memory card slot and so memory is not expandable, but the space is enough to run the show.

The real attraction lies in its screen design and you cannot stop marveling how incredible the bezel-less screen looks. Vivo has worked hard to achieve a 91.24% screen to body ratio, kudos to Vivo for not blindly following others in putting a stupid notch and 19.5:9 screen aspect ratio. The screen has very thin chin at the bottom and it only enhances its beauty and sleekness.

The selfie camera pops up from the top edge when open the camera app. It takes around 2 seconds for the selfie camera to pop up. When you switch back to main camera it takes exactly the same time to retract back into the phone’s chassis. You will love how amazing this feature. You cannot help but wonder at the durability of this design, something Oppo Find X too have done. Vivo promises that the handset has undergone wear and tear to ensure its longevity. In the hindsight, it is a new design and it will take a while before it dispels all our doubts about it and shines bright for what it does.

There is no IP dust rating for this phone and we don’t know if it can withstand water splashes. The speaker is located in the bottom and has nice bass and soft treble sound effects, something Vivo promised to provide. Yes, the phone has 3.5mm headphone jack and it sits just beside the selfie camera. Vivo has built the earpiece speaker into the display itself, another feat pulled off nicely. Though the speaker module is located below the screen at the top, and no, you cannot see it, you can use the entire screen to listen. Surprisingly it is clear and not loud to escape into air and makes others stare at you. It is indeed a fine achievement.

The third feat that Vivo has pulled off is the in-display fingerprint sensor. Vivo X21 already has the same thing and the first one to do so. And just like X21, Vivo Nex too suffers from a lag time of 4 seconds, but if you are not impatient and care for what it does then this should not be a concern. There are times when the in-display does not work and takes several attempts to unlock the phone. Innovations like this takes time to achieve perfection and Vivo Nex is just its first-generation.

The Super AMOLED 6.59-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 X 2316 is bright and beautiful to look at. The 19.5:9 screen aspect ratio gives a very eye-pleasing view of videos and watching YouTube or Netflix is super fun. It has good viewing angles and icons and images look sharp and vivid. The capacitive touchscreen is super smooth and snappy. The display has quite a pop and excellent color saturation. The screen is bright enough in dark and not reflective in direct sunlight. The screen navigation happens in a flutter and is a joy to use.

Vivo has endowed the handset with face unlocking feature and in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone unlocks in 0.17 second when held in front of your face and opens to the home screen. The function is smooth but is not secured like Apple’s Face ID which is far more complicated. In dim light or darkness, the feature does not work, and you have to use your passcode to unlock the phone. I recommend using the passcode over face unlock simply because the latter is less reliable. But still at this price this feature gives you a taste of what this popular face unlock experience is really like. The much anticipated in-display fingerprint sensor has considerable lag-time and takes approximately 4 seconds to open. We understand it is a first-generation thing for Vivo and the first one to launch in India.

Performance:

The Vivo Nex is fueled by 4,000mAh battery with dual-engine fast-charging technology. The phone has great battery performance and keeps on running throughout the day and sometimes a little over one day. The phone gets fully charged within an hour from flat.

Vivo Nex gives you superb gaming experience and has a fine Game suite to make playing games more enjoyable. The hardware can handle all basic and complicated operations and multi-task without faltering. There is no issues with heating up with this phone even when you play and multi-task for hours.

Cameras:

The 12MP + 5MP dual-lens rear camera come with LED flash capture enough light for well exposed shots. When you take shots at both well-lit and poor-lit conditions they are good. There are several camera features that you can have fun with like, panorama shot, Geo tagging, continuous shot, pro mode, face detection, face beauty, night mode, image filters and picture size. There are several AR sticker and filters in Fun touch that one can find fun to explore.

The rear lens has F1.8 and F2.4 and front lens has F2.0 aperture with single-tone LED flash. The camera can shoot video up to 1080p resolution with good audio clarity and volume. The front camera too can record full-HD videos. You can change the aspect ratios to adjust your picture aspect. The bokeh mode gives good results in good lighting and effects become progressively worse with poor lighting. The camera UI offers interesting features in Pro mode with adjustments in shutter speed, ISO, autofocus and white balance.

Software & Ui:

The Vivo X21 comes with Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box with Funtouch OS 4.0 skin on top. The Funtouch OS is fun to use for its flexibility and customization. Face unlock is snappy and opens in a zippy. But as mentioned before it is not very reliable and safe. The hardware has the ability to ensure a seamless software performance with a dozen apps installed.

Vivo Nex has somewhat average gaming experience. The Asphalt 8 game can run pretty good with average sluggishness but with more intense and fast games like Marvel Future Fight and PUBG Mobile the effects are rather slower with significant drops in frame rate not to mention the lag time. The Game app in Fun Touch is quite nifty and can be a good entertainment if you keep your expectations low.

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