Vivo is no longer a brand that was known for its unnecessarily hyped selfie smartphones. It is a brand that is the first in the world to launch a smartphone with fingerprint scanner placed under the display. In fact, no one was expecting Vivo to be first to implement this tech on its phones as everyone thought it was going to be Apple or Samsung. Vivo didn’t stop after launching one device with this technology as the company launched X21 UD in March and today, we have yet another smartphone from Vivo, featuring the in-screen fingerprint scanning technology. After a ton of leaks, rumors, and official teasers, the Vivo Nex S is finally official with impressive design and specifications.
At a time when every Android smartphone manufacturer is launching smartphones with notched displays, Vivo decided to go the other way. Just like the Mi Mix 2 and 2S, the Vivo Nex S has no notch but still features a bezel-less design. Yes, it does have a bottom chin, but when we are getting a phone with an almost full bezel-less display and no notch, that’s something we can ignore, right? We are calling it an ‘almost’ bezel-less display as the phone does feature bezels on all sides. FYI, the bezel on the right and left is pretty thin at 1.71mm. The screen-to-body ratio is 91.24 %.
The phone looks beautiful with a glass and metal build, and there is a unique design below the glass panel on the back that makes the rear panel reflect different colors when the light hits it. Vivo calls it the holographic illusion technology but only the Diamond Black variant features this design.
The phone also comes with the Jovi AI Assistant and Vivo Nex S even has a dedicated button for the same, just as Samsung phones have a dedicated Bixby button. The Jovi AI assistant is equipped with features like Image Identification, shopping, translation, identification of web pages, etc.
The Vivo Nex S has all the ports, including the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and the USB Type-C Port on the bottom. The speaker grill & the SIM card tray are also placed on the bottom. Wondering where the earpiece is? Well, it is replaced by a vibrating screen (Screen SoundCasting Technology) and it is the same implementation as on the Mi Mix (first generation). Same is the case with all the sensors as they all are placed underneath the display. Finally, probably one of the best features of the Vivo NEX S is the pop-up front camera. This is similar to what we saw in the concept phone, Vivo Apex.
Talking about the specifications, the Vivo Nex S has a Super AMOLED 6.59-inch Full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2316×1080 and hence, an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. The display supports the P3 color gamut. The octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor is powering this device along with the Adreno 630 GPU, a huge 8GB RAM and 128/256GB internal storage.
There is a dual rear camera setup, and we were expecting to see some really good camera specs but seems like the company took used the same camera setup on the Vivo Nex S as the one on X21 UD, at least on paper. It has a primary 12MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization Dual LED Flash, etc. On the front, the Nex S has an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. Some camera features are Portrait Mode, Beauty Mode, Scene Detection, AR Stickers, Slow Motion, etc.
Under the hood, the Vivo Nex S features a 4,000mAh battery which is enough to last a full day on heavy usage, thanks to the 10nm Snapdragon 845 and the AI features. The phone also supports fast charging as the company has provided 22.5W fast charger inside the box. Android 8.1.0 Oreo runs out of the box with the Funtouch OS 4 on top.
The Vivo Nex S comes in two variants – Diamond Black and Ruby Red. As mentioned above, only the Diamond Black variant comes with a unique design on the rear. Here is the pricing information –
8GB RAM + 128GB ROM – 4,498 Yuan ($702)
8GB RAM + 256GB ROM – 4,998 Yuan ($780)
The pre-orders are starting from June 13, and the device will be available in the offline store from June 23. There is no official word on the global launch so stay tuned for that. Do let us know what do you think of this impressive high-end device from Vivo. Do you want it to launch in other markets except for China?