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Vivo NEX official, no notch, minimal bezel

The Vivo NEX S does away with a display notch thanks to a cleverly concealed camera. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo NEX S does away with a display notch thanks to a cleverly concealed camera. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo APEX smartphone that debuted to great fanfare as a concept at MWC 2018 is now a reality. It has officially been launched as the Vivo NEX S for the Chinese market and offers the highest display-to-bezel ratio of any smartphone on the market.

After receiving a hugely positive reception to its APEX concept smartphone earlier this year, Vivo has managed to bring the concept to life, staying quite faithful to the original design. Available in two models, Chinese customers can now choose between the NEX S and the NEX A.

Of these two, the NEX S is the high-end model. It features an impressive 91.24% display-to-bezel ratio achieved by dropping the controversial notched display look found on so-called all-screen phones like the iPhone X. It achieves this by moving the camera to a recessed slot at the top of the device, that can extend and retract on demand. Its 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display features a 2313 x 1080 pixel resolution and just the smallest of “chins” at the bottom edge of the device.

The S model also features an under display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication while the display also doubles as its speaker, using what Vivo is calling Screen SoundCasting. Sitting behind the display is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 8 GB of RAM and storage options for either 128 GB or 256 GB models. Also tucked in behind the display is a large, 4,000mAh battery. Rear cameras include a 12MP f/18 sensor that is paired with a 5MP f2.45 sensor.

The NEX S is up for pre-order in China now and will reach retail by June 23. Vivo is asking the equivalent of US$702 for the 128 GB model and US$780 for the 256 GB versions. At this stage, there is no news on whether the NEX S will reach foreign shores.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-06-13 (Update: 2018-06-13)