Vivo launches bezel-less NEX smartphone with popup selfie shooter

Vivo NEX and its elevating camera are now official

Vivo NEX is official with super-thin bezels, pop-up front camera and top-end specs

The Vivo NEX smartphone comes in three variants. Vivo has managed to achieve an insane 91.24% screen-to-body ratio, which no other manufacturer achieved in the past. The Xiaomi MI MIX 2S clocks out at 81.9-percent, while the Nubia Z17s reached 90.36-percent.

Today, at a launch event in China, Vivo has announced its much-anticipated smartphones - Vivo NEX. In any case, let's see what this handset has to offer piece-by-piece, shall we, starting with specs. The model with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage will cost Yuan 4,498 (or approx Rs 47,398). The module is hidden away in everyday use, and pops up whenever you activate the front camera to take a selfie.

The launch of NEX adds another milestone to Vivo's list of industry-firsts. Bluetooth 5.0 is included in this package as well, while the phone measures 162 x 77 x 7.98mm, and weighs 199 grams. The device sports a metal and glass construction with the Nex S borrowing some design cues from Huawei P20 Pro. It will be available in black and red color options.

As for the general specs, Vivo isn't pulling any punches.

The Vivo NEX is the retail version of the Apex concept that was shown off back at MWC. The new front fingerprint access offers reliable and quick access that most OEMs can not offer just yet.

Vivo NEX and its elevating camera are now official
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On the rear of the phone is a dual sensor camera, with a main 12MP f/1.8 sensor and a secondary 5MP f/2.4 offering.

Putting the 8-megapixel pop-up camera inside the phone means it isn't taking up room on the screen. An 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture is present on the front.

The hardware enables features like Portrait Mode (adjustable depth of field effect), Live Photos, Beauty mode, AI HDR, and AR stickers. It also has a Vivo Game Engine, made in partnership with Tencent Games. The device is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and runs on Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The Vivo NEX features a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED screen that is dubbed as Ultra FullView Display by Vivo. This technology hides the fingerprint sensor underneath the display while still delivering fingerprint access on the front of the phone. This is the third-generation in-display fingerprint sensor, which is claimed to be 50% better at recognition accuracy with a broader detection area and 10% faster unlock speed. In any case, it should be an improvement over the company's previous devices which sported in-display fingerprint scanners.

As a sign of the times, the Vivo NEX also has its own AI-powered smart assistant, called Jovi, which could be invoked with the help of a dedicated button on the side of the phone. There's no telling if either model will get out of China.

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