Vivo’s New NEX Phones Come With an Unbelievable Full Screen Design

Vivo’s Apex concept phone has finally arrived – the company has launched a consumer-ready iteration, called Vivo NEX that has a whopping 91% screen-to-body ratio, no notch, and a retractable front camera as seen in the prototype.

Vivo NEX Phone

Unlike Lenovo, Vivo has actually delivered the new flagship as promised with the exact same design and features it teased earlier. Alongside the flagship NEX S, the company also unveiled a Snapdragon 710-powered midranger called NEX A with the same design language.

Let’s check out their detailed specifications:

Design & Display

NEX S

Vivo NEX S Front

First and foremost, Vivo NEX S takes a step ahead in the bezel trimming race by removing the notch, shrinking bezels, and moving the front camera to a unique “drawer” on the top of the body.

Whenever you swap to the front camera inside the camera app, the periscope-like unit slides out to expose the selfie sensor from the top. It’s a distinctive design and has helped decrease components from the front of the phone to assist in shrinking display bezels.

Vivo NEX S Back

Even the fingerprint sensor has been moved within the display. Instead of an earpiece, it uses its screen vibration technology, called Screen SoundCasting, which makes the body of the phone act like a speaker cone.


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The Super AMOLED display panel, called Ultra FullView Display by Vivo, measures 6.59-inch diagonally. It has an FHD+ (1080 x 2316) resolution at 19.3:9 aspect ratio. Screen-to-body ratio is the highest we have ever seen on a smartphone at 91.24%.

NEX A

Vivo NEX A Back

The lower-end NEX A looks almost the same as the aforementioned flagship, albeit with a rear mounted fingerprint sensor instead and an RGB lighting feature on the rear. There’s no in-display reader on this one, however, the body shape and dimensions are identical.

On the front, it has the same FHD+ Super AMOLED Display measuring 6.59-inches.

Hardware & Storage

NEX S

Beneath the covers, an obvious Snapdragon 845 runs the show paired with 8 GB of RAM. The Octa-core SoC has a 4x 2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x 1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver core configuration and an Adreno 630 runs the graphics department.

For the storage, you can avail either 128 or 256 GB ROM options – both with 8 GB RAM – but there’s no microSD slot.

NEX A

The midranger runs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 710, that comes with integrated AI features and machine learning algorithms. Unlike the flagship, this one carries 6 GB RAM instead.

Its internal storage is 128 GB, which cannot be expanded as there’s no microSD slot.

Camera & Software

NEX S

A vertical dual camera array is present on the rear consisting of a primary 12 MP f/1.8 sensor and a 5 MP f/2.4 unit. There’s more, including a 4-axis OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, AI-powered scene recognition, and a dual-tone flash. The retractable front camera sports 8 MP resolution, aperture f/2.0.

Out of the box, it will run Vivo’s latest Funtouch OS 4 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The new OS comes with full-screen touch gestures to fully utilize the massive display panel. Just like Samsung’s Bixby, NEX S has its own Jovi assistant that can be triggered via a dedicated button on its side.

NEX A

Just like the flagship, this one also gets a periscope-like selfie camera pop-up that sports 8 MP at f/2.0 aperture. Similarly, the rear dual camera set up features a 12 MP Sony lens, aperture f/1.8, and a secondary 5 MP f/2.4 depth sensor.

It will also run Funtouch OS 4, on top of Android Oreo, and support AI features seen in the flagship including the Jovi assistant.

Battery, Price, & Availability

NEX S

Battery is a non-removable 4,000 mAh unit, that can be charged by a Type-C connector. There’s also 22.5 W fast charging. Color option are Black and Red.

The new flagship comes at a premium price, the 8/128 GB version goes for CNY 4,498 (~Rs. 71,500) and the 8/256 GB variant costs CNY 4,998 (~Rs. 80,000). Vivo has not disclosed when it plans on launching it internationally, for now, it will be available in China only.

NEX A

Most of the specifications of the two new Vivo phones are almost the same, the NEX A also has a 4,000 mAh battery with 22.5 W fast charging. Color options are Red and Black too.

It will hit the Chinese market on 23rd June, pre-orders start tomorrow, at a price of CNY 3898 (~Rs. 61,000) which is slightly lower than the former. The RGB color option that switches colors depending on different lighting conditions, called Holographic Diffraction Dynamic Color Illusion Technology by Vivo, is only available for the Black model.

NEX S Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, with Funtouch OS 4
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Dual SIM
  • Display: 6.59-inch, 19.3:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ (1080x2240px) resolution
    • ~91.24% screen-to-body ratio
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 162 x 77 x 8 mm
    • Weight: 199 g
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 8 GB
    • Internal: 128/256 GB
    • Card slot: no
  • Camera:
    • Primary: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.5″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.4), 4-axis OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
    • Secondary: 8 MP, pop-up, autofocus, f/2.0, 1080p
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner (in-display)
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh, fast [email protected] W
  • Price: ~Rs. 71,500 (8/128 GB), ~Rs. 80,000 (8/256 GB)

NEX A Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, with Funtouch OS 4
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Dual SIM
  • Display: 6.59-inch, 19.3:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ (1080x2240px) resolution
    • ~91.24% screen-to-body ratio
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 162 x 77 x 8 mm
    • Weight: 199 g
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 6 GB
    • Internal: 128 GB
    • Card slot: no
  • Camera:
    • Primary: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.5″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.4), OIS, EIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
    • Secondary: 8 MP, pop-up, autofocus, f/2.0, 1080p
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh, fast [email protected] W
  • Price: ~Rs. 61,000