Here’s the new Vivo Nex called Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition. As the product name implies, it is nothing like its forebear. Gone is the pop-up camera. It does not even have the so-called front-facing camera to begin with because, it needed none. All it has is three cameras and a full-fledged display, in addition to a larger main edge-to-edge display. Design-wise, it is rather rudimentary by today’s smartphone standards, so we shall dispense with the details.
The interesting bits here is the back, which you can hardly tell it is the back because of the 5.49-inch 16:9 1080p display. The display, btw, is bezel heavy, so much so that it felt like you have been transported back to mid-2010s. In other words, it is not a pleasant sight. Anyways, speaking of the display, it is partially intruded by ringed camera setup, which is kind of awkward.
The three camera setup comprises of a 12 MP main camera, a 2 MP secondary “nigh video” camera, and a “3D TOF (Time of Flight) lens. The latter is mainly used for “advanced Face Unlock,” as well as for “personalized beautification and 3D face modelling. TBH, I have absolutely no idea what those are. Oh, well. The display-intruding ring has several functions. It can be use to provide a soft, diffused glow for low-light selfie, serves as notification light, and it can also be set to pulsate along with the music – a rather pointless feature if you ask me.
The main display is a bezel-hater-friendly 6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+ item. But what’s up with the secondary display? Well, about that, Vivo has several pretty quirky suggestions, including as a rear touchpad for gaming, as a mirror for the subject to see how a shot is being framed, and even more goofy is, using it to draw something, such as a heart, on one side of the device so that the person the flip side can see. Yes, really. Vivo is actually suggesting that. But seriously, in an age where our aesthetic senses are pampered with sleek, near-bezel-less display, the secondary display can only be described as something only the creator could love.
Other noteworthy details include Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, a whopping 10 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, 5th-gen in-display fingerprint sensor, a 3,500 mAh battery with 10V fast-charging over its USB-C port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Vivo’s own voice-assistant JOVI, and FunTouch OS 4.5 based on Android 9.0 Pie.