As promised, Vivo has today finally launched its flagship smartphone in India — Vivo NEX, which comes with an elevating front-facing camera. The smartphone, which was first introduced in China as Vivo NEX S, is priced in India at Rs. 44,990, which roughly converts to $652.
The smartphone will be available in only one color — Star Diamond Black that uses holographic technology and a metal frame. The phone, which will be shipped from July 26, is exclusively available for purchase online through Amazon India and Vivo’s official online store. It will also be available through offline stores.
The Vivo NEX comes with a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED Ultra FullView “Zero Screen” Display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.24 percent and 2316 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. All the sensors on the device are hidden under the display and instead of an earpiece, the phone comes with a Screen SoundCasting Technology.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.8GHz, along with Adreno 630 graphics processor. It packs 8GB RAM and comes with 128GB of internal storage. Vivo has not launched the 256GB storage variant nor the Snapdragon 710 SoC variant in India.
In the camera department, the smartphone features a dual camera setup on the back, consisting of a 12MP primary Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4μm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, and four-axis optical image stabilization and a 5MP secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture.
On the front side, there’s an 8MP snapper that comes with an elevating mechanism. The front-facing snapper automatically rises and hides on opening and closing the camera app, and also makes a sound to notify the user. This is done using micro-stepping motors with independent drive ICs and precision control algorithms.
The device features a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanning technology that improves the screen unlock time by 10 percent and increases the overall experience of phone unlocking. The company is actively working on improving the fingerprint scanner and has already rolled out a couple of updates improving the performance of the scanner.
Connectivity options on the devices include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS + GLONASS, and USB Type-C. The device measures 162 × 77 × 7.98 mm and weighs 199 grams.
The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box with Vivo’s custom user interface FunTouch 4.0. The device draws power from a 4,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging support.