October 2, 2023

Prime Options

-Enticing pop-up digital camera design

-Immersive close to bezel-less show
-Lengthy lasting battery life

It was Albert Einstein who mentioned, “if at first the concept will not be absurd, then there isn’t a hope for it.” On the planet of know-how, it’s all about concepts and innovation and fact is that merchandise we use each day would’ve appeared absurd some time. However to go away a mark in a aggressive market – just like the Indian smartphone house – it’s vital to be revolutionary. Take the case of Vivo, a model that appears to be adopting an revolutionary and aggressive technique.

The favored Chinese language handset maker is leaving no stone unturned relating to displaying off the bandwidth of innovation it’s doing behind the scenes to make extra clients swing in the direction of it. Now we have seen in-screen fingerprint sensors, pop-up front-facing cameras and different know-how in Vivo smartphones getting unveiled globally however India, being one of many greatest markets, appear to stay the main focus of the corporate. Few weeks in the past it launched the Vivo X21 within the nation, making it one of many first smartphones with an on-screen fingerprint scanner in India. Now, it has debuted the ‘Nex’ model in India with its flagship mannequin – Vivo Nex.

Vivo Nex is a type of handsets that appear to have all the latest tech on board and sport flagship-level specs, at the very least on paper. However is it the case in actuality as nicely? Is that this Rs 44,990 smartphone definitely worth the price ticket it carries? Now we have been utilizing the smartphone since previous one week and right here’s our evaluate.


The primary thought that involves our thoughts whereas holding the Vivo Nex is that it is likely one of the heavyweights on the market. There are a number of causes for it. First being the big display and therefore the footprint of the smartphone itself. Then comes the large 4000mAh battery and at last a small share coming from the pop-up digital camera mechanism. Though being heavy, it nonetheless maintains the stability whereas working single-handedly.

Nex will not be the slimmest however it certain is skinny sufficient to make it really feel premium. Sides on the again are curved in the direction of the display, giving it a pointy edge, which in flip makes it simple to carry. Though the entrance is nothing however all display, the again has a textured look that makes it seem premium to some extent. The steel construct may understandably be the primary cause for the heaviness of the smartphone.

On the flip aspect, there are a few cons right here which one gained’t be capable to ignore. Because it has an elevated digital camera that jumps on you as soon as you are taking a selfie, the machine will not be water-resistant and even mud resistant for that matter. So use it rigorously. The advanced equipment working contained in the smartphone additionally makes it fragile to some extent.

One other function lacking right here is the wi-fi charging. However you gained’t be needing it as it’s. We’ll clarify why once we speak in regards to the battery intimately.

Nonetheless, what you might discover completely different with the Vivo Nex is that it has a devoted button the left aspect to set off Google Assistant. All it is advisable to do is to lengthy press it. We discovered it a helpful addition as there are a number of issues that one wants to go looking of their on a regular basis lives. Bringing the search degree one degree above is the Google Lens integration that fires upon a single press. On the correct aspect you’ve gotten energy and quantity buttons. These are fairly distinguished to recognise so it gained’t be tough to deal with the machine on the entire.

On the decrease finish you get a Kind-C charging port together with a mono speaker and a microSD or SIM card slot on both aspect. Whereas now we have seen a number of flagships ditching the three.5mm headphone jack, Vivo appears to be sticking with the normal port with Nex, which ought to come as bliss for a number of customers who’re discovering it exhausting to adapt to a Kind-C port audio connector.

All in all, the smartphone has a ‘strong’ and sturdy really feel to it, assuring you a sure degree of sturdiness and premium-ness. Its heavy for certain however that’s more likely to develop on you over time. In addition to the design, what might catch your consideration is the show. We’ll clarify why.


Like we talked about above, Vivo is focussing on bringing innovation to the arms of normal clients this 12 months and a glimpse of it was seen within the type of an on-screen fingerprint sensor with the Vivo X21. Now, the identical function comes as part of the Vivo Nex show. Not solely you get a fingerprint sensor embedded on the display but in addition a close to bezel-less panel. And from bezel-less we imply no-notches anyplace.

The 6.59-inch Tremendous Amoled FHD+ (2316×1080 pixels) is a bliss to have a look at. The colors are vibrant, saturated and the blacks are deep. Whereas the three sides are nearly bezel-free, the fourth aspect (beneath the display) will be seen with barely extra chin than the remainder of the perimeters. That is nonetheless spectacular provided that those discovered on different flagships are nonetheless extra. Vivo is claiming to have achieved 91% screen-to-body ratio with the Nex.

For us it is likely one of the most immersive shows in a smartphone. Regardless of should you’re enjoying PubG on a full-screen mode or binge-watching Sacred Video games on Netflix, the big show with no disturbances (we’re speaking in regards to the notch) seems to be nice. Since its an AMOLED display with FHD+ decision, it additionally saves loads on the battery.

The brightness ranges are good as they make the content material on the display vibrant and clear when in broad daylight. Along with this you get a Blue mild filter within the type of ‘Eye Safety’ and At all times On show to let you know the time always.

So the Vivo Nex will get a thumbs up from us within the show part. Though the whole lot seems to be good, the on-screen fingerprint sensor continues to be gradual and never as quick because the one embedded on the again or beneath the display in some handsets. However we hope that can get faster with time. Sufficient of design and show starters, now let’s get to the primary course – Efficiency.


The Nex is a powerhouse relating to efficiency – that is one thing anyone would suppose because the smartphone packs the flagship cellular processor of 2018, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Fortuitously, it certain is a powerhouse because it handles apps and heavy graphic-intensive video games simply. Only for the sake of testing its capabilities, we ran PubG on the smartphone, whereas having Mortal Kombat, Google Chrome, YouTube and Google Maps with navigation opened within the background. Not as soon as did it lag or confirmed any indicators of stuttering. In fact it does reload the app after a sure level however does a commendable job total. Whereas the foremost credit score for this goes to the processor, it additionally goes to the ample 8GB RAM.

Because you get the processor of ‘flagships’ working behind the curtains together with 8GB RAM, it churns a number of energy heating the machine. Though Vivo has not detailed the mechanism it makes use of in Nex to maintain it cooled down, it really works simply high-quality. Whereas engaged on a number of apps there was not a single occasion once we felt the machine is heating up. It does get barely heat whereas charging.

Nonetheless, efficiency doesn’t simply embrace the processing efficiency and warmth dissipation however the whole lot from the consumer interface to all these nifty little options that make them distinctive. Nex runs on firm’s FunTouch OS v4.0 which is predicated on Android 8.0 Oreo. Though there may be nothing improper with the UI. You get all of the Android goodies with a distinct interface. In case you are coming from a distinct UI-laden smartphone, this gained’t come as one thing completely different. Nonetheless, you might discover it cleaner than earlier than. Some might say that sure designs made within the UI match that of iOS however it’s extra customisable and offers you extra options at your fingertips.

Since that is the corporate’s marvel machine to showcase the improvements, we expect Vivo to hurry up the OS replace cycle and be common with the Nex in bringing the newest OS variations on board.

Aside from common customers, players too might discover the Nex of some curiosity. The devoted recreation mode brings nifty tips equivalent to floating name alerts on the prime of the display, answering the decision within the background with the sport being prioritised on the display, auto gaming mode and extra. Auto gaming mode makes it potential to maintain the sport operating within the background even when the display is locked. The Recreation Assistant gives you shortcuts to completely different recreation capabilities. Each of those will likely be coming in future updates although.

Amongst different options that you can find in aggressive units priced barely decrease equivalent to OnePlus 6, additionally, you will discover swipeable navigation gestures, display gestures to open apps instantly from the lock display, increase the smartphone to wake, double faucet to wake and extra.

Additionally value speaking about is the hidden audio system that is available in to play while you reply a name. Nearly, there isn’t a seen speaker because the audio resonates via the display and reaches you. This positively will get a degree however on the flipside – it wants to enhance. For probably the most half it really works high-quality. Nonetheless, at occasions we discovered ourselves struggling to listen to audio because it reaches the ear all muffled. We hope Vivo takes care of this sooner or later. For many of us coming from another smartphones, aside from Xiaomi Mi Combine units, it’ll really feel bizarre initially as you gained’t discover something to stay your ear on to. But it surely grows on you over time.

Nonetheless, should you have a look at it on a bigger degree, total efficiency will not be so dangerous in any case since you get all of the options blended with some uniqueness. We simply need to add that there’s nonetheless some room for enchancment in sure areas.


The digital camera is one other part within the Nex that we discovered completely different. The front-facing pop-up digital camera is little doubt fascinating and futuristic to have a look at. Like we mentioned in our first impressions, you’ll find yourself enjoying with it greater than you truly click on a selfie. It jumps on you as quickly as you open the entrance digital camera by way of an app. It does take microseconds further prime pop up and present your face on the display however that’s comprehensible and a small value that it’s a must to pay to get a bezel-less display.

There’s a main concern although. Since it’s a retractable part and is commonly topic to get uncovered whereas clicking selfie photographs, there’s a fixed worry of it taking mud and moisture contained in the machine, harming it will definitely. One must use it rigorously although.

Nonetheless, the entrance digital camera efficiency ought to be nearly excellent for a selfie lover. It has all of the options equivalent to portrait impact, HDR, Selfie lighting results, Stay Picture and Face Magnificence. The ensuing photographs from the 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture do look sharp on a small display however you possibly can simply make out the slight but unnatural smoothening of the pores and skin.

We discovered the rear digital camera efficiency actually good. The smartphone has a twin rear digital camera setup consisting of a 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture together with a 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The pictures are impressively sharp and the autofocus is one thing you possibly can depend upon. One can depend on the Nex’s digital camera efficiency in difficult lighting conditions and even in low mild. Noise is minimal and blacks truly look black and never a lighter shade of it. At occasions you will get glare if there’s a brighter mild supply however it isn’t that large of a deal as the colors keep near what you see in actual life.

The portrait mode works as anticipated. It’s tough to put it up in opposition to the likes of Google Pixel 2 smartphones or the iPhone X relating to portrait photographs. But it surely nonetheless manages to sail via.

As well as you get options like Stay Picture, HDR, Instances Lapse, Panorama together with AR Stickers, which is one other enjoyable aspect to mess around with. The interface is clear and the settings part opens on the display whereas the digital camera is activated within the background.

Some might prefer it however then you will have to battle to see what’s there on the display at occasions as the topic will be completely different or transferring within the background, hindering with what you see on the display. What can also be a difficulty being that on rotating the display to panorama mode, the settings drop-down textual content and icons keep within the portrait mode whereas the icons for shutter button, HDR, Portrait and others on the aspect rotate accordingly.

Nonetheless, the digital camera is stuffed with options. You possibly can click on in several facet ratios, shoot 4K movies as nicely. A trade-off right here is that 4K movies can’t be shot in 60fps, nor can full-HD movies. The slow-motion movies nonetheless will be shot in HD and full-HD decision.
See a few of the take a look at photographs from Vivo Nex, right here.


Battery is likely one of the areas the place the Nex shines. Its 4000mAh battery could make the handset final simply for 12 hours on a single cost. This consists of the whole lot from gaming to streaming music, watching movies and dealing on heavy apps whereas others operating within the background. The ‘dual-engine’ quick charging tech additionally works nicely because the handset’s battery cost shoots up drastically in first 20 minutes, making it attain round 50%. Nonetheless, the charging fee goes down whereas overlaying the remaining cost. The final 10% takes probably the most time. For finish customers, this shouldn’t be a difficulty as they get most juice in lesser time. The mechanism can’t be in contrast with OnePlus’ Sprint Cost however it certain is spectacular. The handset helps 22W quick charging.

You possibly can even change the battery utilization mode from ‘Regular’ to ‘Low Energy’, which as anticipated reduces the CPU and GPU frequency and in addition reduces the display brightness. Wi-fi networks like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are additionally disabled to be able to prolong the battery life. There’s additionally a ‘Tremendous Energy-Saving’ mode that basically permits the Contacts, Telephone, Messages and Clock purposes. What’s attention-grabbing right here is that the Battery part within the Settings app allows you to hold a verify on the facility consuming apps as nicely and allows you to permit apps as per your selection that may have excessive background energy consumption.


Vivo Nex is one daring step by the agency, which isn’t as fashionable as Samsung or Apple, in a rustic which additionally occurs to be one of many prime smartphone markets on the planet. The model positively has a reputation and can also be one of many solely corporations to deliver improvements proper on the palm of an Indian. Nonetheless, customers might discover it barely sceptical to spend Rs 44, 990 initially. There are a number of professionals with the Nex. It provides you a notch-less, nearly bezel-less show together with an on-screen fingerprint sensor that’s part of innovation however can nonetheless be improved. To not overlook the cool digital camera pop up mechanism that will seem to be a gimmick however is fortunately greater than that. You get the highest of the road processor, ample RAM, superb battery life and a fantastic Tremendous AMOLED display.

On the flipside you’ve gotten a heavy smartphone that isn’t mud or water-resistant. It is usually fragile to some extent and the quilt case choices will not be a lot. For the given value the smartphone appears justifiable. Nonetheless, it could’ve been an absolute steal deal if it was accessible for beneath Rs 40,000 mark, giving a troublesome time to its sister agency OnePlus. For now, the Nex is a smartphone that you may flaunt round boasting all of the improvements that it has beneath one roof.



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