When Vivo had unveiled the Vivo APEX phone in China in the month of March, it had claimed that the mass production of the phone would be begin by mid-2018. In the previous week, it was revealed that the retail launch of the phone will start in Shanghai on June 12. It is now speculated that the Vivo APEX concept phone could be arriving with a commercial name of Vivo NEX. However, there is still no official confirmation on whether the Vivo APEX and NEX are separate or same smartphones. A leaked photo that has surfaced on Weibo reveals that the Vivo X21 will be arriving in two CPU editions. It can be known through the image that the starting variant will be fueled by the all new Snapdragon 710 chipset. If this information is true, the Vivo NEX will become the first phone to feature the Snapdragon 710. The highest configuration model of the Vivo NEX has Snapdragon 845 onboard. The leaked image has also revealed the pricing of both variants.
The above image is a said to be a snapshot of an offline pre-sale of the Vivo NEX phone. It reveals that the Snapdragon 845 edition has a price tag of 6,998 Yuan (~$1,090) and the one that features Snapdragon 710 SoC is priced at 4,998 Yuan (~$778).
It is speculated that the premium model having Snapdragon 845 chipset will be coming with pop-up selfie snapper. This variant may also feature 8 GB of RAM and a native storage of 256 GB. The Snapdragon 710 chipset model may feature a selfie camera at the bottom right corner of the lower bezel like the Xiaomi Mi MIX. This model may feature 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
The Vivo NEX smartphone is expected to arrive with half-screen fingerprint scanner with support for multi-fingerprint recognition. For Hi-Fi audio, the handset may feature System-in-Package (SIP) technology, three amplifiers and DAC.