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Vivo Nex 3: new leaks point to a new 5G version

The possible Nex 3 5G refresh. (Source: TENAA)
The possible Nex 3 5G refresh. (Source: TENAA)
A new listing on the TENAA regulatory website indicates that the OEM Vivo intends to reboot its Nex 3 flagship with a new version. It has an SoC with a different max clock to that of the phone's original Snapdragon 855+ processor. This upcoming device also has dual-mode 5G and a new red color.

Vivo released the Nex 3 last year as a flagship with the unique point of a "waterfall screen": a display with an extra curve to its long edges. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855+ chipset and 8GB of RAM. However, a new device approved by the Chinese telecomms authority TENAA suggests that the OEM is about to refresh this phone with a new 5G variant.

The phone - the Vivo V1950A - as depicted in this new listing does look exactly like the Nex 3, with its watchface-inspired camera module. It also has the exact same specs as the pre-existing phone, down to its 6.89-inch FHD+ screen. However, it also has a different SoC, as suggested by the clock-speed specified.

This new version's processor is described as running at 2.84GHz, whereas the 855+ is associated with 2.96GHz. This means it could be the Snapdragon 855 - or, alternatively, the Snapdragon 865. It also has standalone- and nonstandalone 5G, which suggests it has an appropriate modem. To date, this apparent 2020 Nex 3 does not have a launch date or pricing information.

More shots of the "2020 Nex 3 5G". (Source: TENAA)
More shots of the "2020 Nex 3 5G". (Source: TENAA)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-19 (Update: 2020-01-19)