Vivo NEX 2 looks set to drop pop-up selfie cam for secondary rear display
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When the Vivo APEX was first pre-viewed as a concept phone at Mobile World Congress back in February it turned a lot of heads. It looked to be the all-screen smartphone of our dreams, at least from a hardware design perspective. It managed to banish the hideous notch trend from the front of its all-screen design in favor of a clever pop-up camera approach similar to the way camera makers have hidden camera flashes in their devices. It got such a positive reception, that Vivo fast-tracked the APEX into production as the Vivo NEX.
If there has been some consumer concern expressed about this approach to hiding the front-facing camera in smartphones it revolves around the addition of a moving component that could fail, and possibly also get snapped off it dropped while open. Once again, Vivo has decided to try something new and this time it looks to have decided that the best way for users to be able to have an all-screen smartphone is to drop front-facing cameras all together and replace it with a rear-facing secondary display that facilitates the use of the rear cameras for taking selfies.
The main advantages of this approach are that it eliminates moving parts from the NEX 2, while also letting users use the best possible camera for taking high-quality selfie-shots. A side benefit is that it also lets you see and use your phone display no matter which side you have put it down on. With three rear cameras, a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display and at least a Snapdragon 845, the Vivo NEX 2 looks to be shaping up as another intriguing device to come out of Vivo’s design labs.