first_imgWhere do we go from here? Or more specifically, where does Vivo go from the Vivo X21, a phone that the company launched in India in May? The answer is Nex, a phone that the company unveiled just a few weeks ago as part of its global launch. And just like the Vivo X21 which made news with its unique and industry-first feature of an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor, the Nex will probably end up creating a buzz with its unique bezel-less screen and a selfie camera that pops up when required.Of course, we will get to know how much of an impact the Nex makes in the industry once it arrives, but we are sure it does have a few features that no other phone right now has in the Indian market. This is a futuristic phone and its launch is set for July 19. It was first announced in early June in China. Vivo is now bringing the Nex to India, making it only the second market in the world after China to gain access to its sci-fi tech.Vivo Nex: Straight out of the futureThe USP of the Nex is its futuristic design. In fact, it is a design that no other phone has right now. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and has an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not come with an iPhone X-style notch like a majority of Android phones do. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now.advertisementIt is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018. The Nex does not have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case with the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom-seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. While it is possible that the pop-up camera design may not find takers from others because of its moving parts — or maybe it will — Vivo says that is perfectly safe and durable because it can be used hassle-free for about 50,000 times and can withstand up to 45 kilograms of weight.The Nex also sports third-generation fingerprint scanner under the display. This sensor is faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21.Vivo Nex: High on specsThe Nex isn’t a one or two trick pony though, or at least, that is what it looks like. And the impression is based on how the Vivo X21 turned out, a fairly all-rounder phone. Yes, the Nex is about the design and the sci-fi tech, but it also comes with high-end specs that may make it stand neck-to-neck with the Galaxys and the iPhones of the world.The super phone comes with a 6.59-inch, 1080p+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.3:9 and pixel density of 388ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that has been clubbed with 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot but in 2018, who uses a microSD card in a high-end phone? The dual-SIM phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS, which is Vivo’s custom skin.In terms of the camera, the Nex comes with a dual-camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. It also boasts Dual-Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus, similar to what we saw in the Vivo X21 and something that should help in faster focus and low-light photos. The camera also comes with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, the Nex comes with an 8-megapixel camera. Once again, the proof of the pudding is in eating so how well the Nex does with its camera is something we will only be able to figure out once we use it, but on paper it surely looks like a sharp shooter.Finally, there is the battery, and here too, the Nex seems to have pushed the boundaries. Most high-end phones come with a battery size of around 3500 mAh or less. This one comes packed with a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.The sum of the matter is that the Nex, arguably, could be the most exciting phone launch of July 2018. It has the technology that no other phone has right now. How well this technology is used by Vivo in the Nex is something that we will talk about in the review of the phone after it launches on July 19, but if Vivo can price it right, this phone could be a new beginning for the company in India.advertisementlast_img read more