The original Vivo Nex featured a pop-up camera designed to side-step the dreaded notch but the new Nex Dual Display Edition instead packs in a secondary screen on its rear in an effort to forgo a front-facing camera altogether.
As the leaks alluded to, and as the phone8217;s name implies, this new Nex adopts a dual display design, with a 6.39-inch, 19.5:9 aspect ratio Super AMOLED screen dominating the phone8217;s front, granting it an impressive 84.7% screen-to-body ratio and pleasing Full HD+ visuals without even the hint of a notch, while a smaller 5.49-inch, 16:9 Super AMOLED panel sits on the back underneath the phone8217;s three cameras.
Interestingly, that rear screen isn8217;t solely limited to select tasks as one might expect, granting you the ability to use the phone either way around; with a full Android 9.0 Pie experience (dressed in Vivo8217;s Funtouch OS on top) at your fingertips.
Vivo demonstrated a few use-cases where both screens come into play too. One of the most intriguing applications saw use of the rear screen as a touchpad while gaming, adding extra controls into the mix, not unlike a PS Vita. Another example was a little more tenuous, with users being able to draw simple shapes and patterns on the main screen, only to have it animate and appear on the phone8217;s back. The secondary display can also display images in an always-on configuration.
Above the rear-facing display lives the phone8217;s camera array, set within a raised glass circle that Vivo calls the 8216;Lunar Ring8217;. The ring itself can glow in a variety of colours, alerting you to different notifications and also double as an ambient selfie light in poorly-lit environments.
With no front-facing camera, the rear camera setup doesn8217;t only facilitate selfies, it also serves as the only means of face unlock (although there is an in-display fingerprint sensor under the main screen too).
Photography falls to a 12-megapixel primary sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a wide f/1.8 aperture, all of which contribute to its low-light capabilities. It8217;s also supported by a secondary 2-megapixel sensor for depth data.
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Outside of the Lunar Ring sits a third camera sensor and this one packs an insanely wide f/1.3 aperture, but it doesn8217;t lend its talents to the phone8217;s traditional photography, instead, it8217;s used to provide this new Nex with 3D ToF (time-of-flight) technology for 3D facial and object scanning, similarly to the recently launched Oppo R17 Pro/RX17 Pro.
While there8217;s no word yet on the phone8217;s arrival outside of China, the phone is locally priced at ¥4998 (CNY), which equates to approximately £580/$725/€640; not bad for a device with a OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition-rivalling 10GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 3500mAh battery and a Snapdragon 845 processor.