News Vivo NEX smartphone with 8 / 128 GB for $839.99

This smartphone is currently causing a sensation among smartphone enthusiasts worldwide. Presented at the MWC as Vivo Apex, the Vivo NEX is probably the most rimless smartphone in the world without betting on a notch! But where is the front camera hiding?

Vivo Nex Smartphone

Technical Specifications

Brand Vivo
Display Size 6,59 in
Display Resolution 2316 x 1080 p
Display Panel Super AMOLED
Processor Snapdragon 845 Octa core @ 2,8 GHz
Graphic Chip Adreno 630
Internal Memory 128 GB
Camera 12 MP
Camera Type & Aperture Sony IMX363
Front Camera 8 MP
Battery 4,000 mAh
Connectivity Dual SIM, WiFi AC, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0
Features Fingerprint sensor, Fast Charge, USB Type C, Energy UI
Operating System Android 8.1

Can it be even more bezel less?

The Vivo NEX has a 91.24% display on the front. A value that was previously only possible with the first Xiaomi Mi Mix, but which the two successors could not quite achieve either. Thanks to the virtually non-existent edges, the manufacturer was able to make full use of the display size. Vivo uses a Super AMOLED display with a screen diagonal of 6.59 inches. The resolution can be called Full HD+, more precisely it is 2316 x 1080p. Only the underside reveals a small screen border.

The back is a little less spectacular and looks like almost every flagship smartphone of recent times. The vertical camera is reminiscent of the iPhone X or Xiaomi Mi 8, only the manufacturer’s name and the model name “NEX” let us distinguish it from other smartphones. The Vivo NEX is available in black and ruby red – very chic!

Vivo NEX Backside


With this design, the question arises as to where the front camera, fingerprint sensor, auricle and sensors have gone? The sensors are located under the display; instead of the auricle there is a solution using SoundCasting technology. If necessary, the front camera moves out from the top of the housing and back in again as soon as the camera app is closed. The manufacturer is aware that such moving parts are particularly susceptible in a smartphone. Vivo uses micromotors and very precise algorithms to counter strong wear.

At this point we also need to talk about the fingerprint sensor. Because this is also in the display! We already know this technology from the Vivo X21 UD, which has introduced this technology. Xiaomi has also added this feature to their Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. As with Xiaomi, the in-display fingerprint sensor is only found in the most expensive version of the Vivo NEX. This is already the third generation of this technology, which has increased the speed of unlocking even further.

Vivo NEX front camera

Vivo NEX with Snapdragon 845 processor

This much innovation naturally also requires the corresponding hardware. And, not surprisingly, Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 845 processor is again responsible for this. Thanks to the eight cores with a maximum frequency of 2.8 GHz, it provides decent performance. Vivo only needs 8 GB RAM and 256 GB memory, at least with the Vivo NEX S. The normal Vivo NEX has to make do with 128 GB memory. If you don’t want to spend that much money, you should fancy the Vivo NEX A, which is equipped with the Snapdragon 710 processor, which is also included in the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. In addition there is then 6 GB RAM and 128 GB memory.

The highlight of this smartphone is probably the mobile front camera with 8 megapixels. But of course, the back also requires a camera, which in this case consists of two lenses. The primary sensor is the Sony IMX363, which also provides good photos in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S with a 12 megapixel resolution. The secondary 5 megapixel sensor provides additional image information.

Vivo NEX Camera

Despite fingerprint sensor in the display and a lot of technology Vivo manages to install a 4,000 mAh battery. This supports Vivo’s own Fast Charge technology with an output of 22.5 W. It comes with a Dual SIM compartment, Dual Band WiFi with ac-Standard, GPS, GLONASS and Bluetooth 5.0 and the Vivo NEX is the only port based on USB Type C.

Energy UI with Jovi

Like Xiaomi, Vivo works with its own interface based on Android 8.1. It is called Energy UI and now works increasingly with artificial intelligence. Jovi is used as an intelligent language assistant, which has some exciting functions to offer. This includes analyzing user behavior, translations, shopping and an intelligent scanner. Since we haven’t tested a smartphone with this UI yet, we can’t tell you how well this operating system performs. However, it looks like iOS.

Vivo NEX Software


One thing is for sure: the Vivo NEX currently offers exactly the design that various manufacturers are currently pursuing. We would like to test how well the solutions for front camera and loudspeaker work in practice. In any case, we find the ideas behind them very exciting. We could already see the fingerprint sensor in the display in Doogee V. The hardware is also impressive, the Snapdragon 845 is currently the spearhead of the mobile CPUs and the camera sensor is currently also convincing us with the Xiaomi flagships. However, Vivo also asks for payment for this much performance. We will find out if this is worth it in a future review.

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