The Truly Bezel-less Vivo NEX Launched

Vivo Nex will be the name of the much-awaited bezel-less display smartphone, heretofore known as the Apex concept phone. Last week, the mobile maker had confirmed that it will be hosting a launch event in Shanghai on June 12 to launch a bezel-less display smartphone, indicating a possible launch of its Vivo Apex concept phone. Recent reports had already suggested a rebranding was in the works. To recall, the Vivo Apex with a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, half-screen fingerprinting scanning tech, and an elevating (or pop-up) selfie camera made its initial appearance as a concept phone at MWC 2018 and its formal announcement was made in March this year.

The real story of the Vivo NEX goes way beyond that of its hardware specs – impressive as they are – as it doesn’t have a me-too design and that’s really exciting. It is the production model of the Vivo APEX concept phone that was shown off at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona. It’s safe to say the Vivo NEX is like no other phone in the market today.

True Full-Screen Display

The NEX comes with a ‘true’ full-screen display and thankfully ditches the notch entirely unlike most other 2018 phones, helping it stand out from the crowd. The company says that it implemented several ‘industry-first’ technologies to maximize the screen real estate on the NEX, which apparently offers a whopping 91.2% screen-to-body ratio.

Retractable Front Camera

One of the neat tricks that allowed the NEX to get rid of the notch is a retractable front camera and is possibly the first smartphone with this feature. It is an 8MP unit that pops up at the press of a button and can be tucked away once the job is done. According to the company, it uses a micro-drive system along with the independent drive ICs to elevate the camera module quickly and precisely.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

OK, so this isn’t a first for the NEX, what with its stablemate X21 UD already offering this feature, but the company says that the hardware is now new and improved with the latest device. According to Vivo, the NEX uses a 3rd-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s 50% better at recognition accuracy, has a broader detection area, and is 10% faster with its unlock speed.

Piezoelectric Speaker

Like the original Mi Mix from Xiaomi, the Vivo NEX also gets rid of the standard earpiece, and incorporates what the company calls a ‘Screen SoundCasting Technology’. For all practical purposes, it is a piezoelectric speaker that the company claims offers more powerful bass and smoother treble than regular, physical speakers.

Jovi Voice Assistant

According to Vivo, the NEX offers AI-assisted scene recognition, HDR, filters, and photo composition. The China-specific models will also ship with the company’s Jovi voice assistant, which can now launch apps like Bixby and identify objects on a user’s screen like Google Lens.

Vivo NEX: Can This Change The Game?

The NEX sure stands apart from the crowd of similar, non-descript devices, and does it without sacrificing much. We’re already working to get our hands on Vivo NEX in the next few days and hope to have a full review in the days to come. So stay tuned to Techbron and to see if it’s just as impressive in real life as it looks on paper.


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