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Vivo NEX 2 looks set to drop pop-up selfie cam for secondary rear display

The all-display front of the Vivo NEX 2. (Source: Leikeji)
The all-display front of the Vivo NEX 2. (Source: Leikeji)
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is proving to be one of the more innovative smartphone makers on the market – or at least one that is happy to experiment with new technology. Leaked photos of the sequel to its clever all-screen Vivo NEX with pop up camera show that the company is radically changing course once again for its flagship smartphone.

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.

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The rear of the Vivo NEX 2 features a secondary display. (Source: Leikeji)
The rear of the Vivo NEX 2 features a secondary display. (Source: Leikeji)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-11-28 (Update: 2018-12- 1)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.