Vivo NEX 

price₹ 44,990 onwards

launchJul, 2018

78.4

excellence score

64.9

value for money score

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Design

  • The Vivo Nex is absolutely gorgeous, and easily one of the most beautiful smartphone ever released - there is the premium blend of glass and metal, the grey speckled pattern on the back, the top-notch build quality, and the solid hand-feel, but the highlight of the phone is the stunning display in a futuristic bezel-free design
  • The power and volume buttons on the right edge are ergonomically placed. On the left is an 'AI' button, which can be be pressed once to invoke Google Lens, or long-pressed to call on Google Assistant
  • Although for a phone with a 6.6 inch screen, the Vivo Nex is relatively manageable, but weighing in at 199g, the Vivo Nex is quite a hefty phone, bordering on phablet territory - it's also a bit too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand - in fact, it can be slightly cumbersome to use even with both hands - make no mistake, you will certainly be compromising on some ergonomics to compensate for that large, beautiful display
  • The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display glass like the Oppo Find X, and it works well enough, but just like the Find X, it is not in the same league as the physical ones we have become used to - it will works well 8 out of 10 times on average, but when it doesn't, the novelty turns into an irritant, and you will have to use a pattern/pin to unlock the phone (there is no face recognition either)
  • Another new tech that Vivo had to adopt to create the bezel less design is Screen SoundCasting, which does away with the earpiece, and has a motor that vibrates the display glass itself - the technology is definitely impressive, and mostly works just fine, but can sometimes be iffy, with voices coming across as muffled and indistinct
  • Given the additional moving parts, there is also the question of long-term durability - while the mechanism feels quite solid and does not wobble in the slightest, you cannot know for sure how well it will stand up to regular use and abuse - there is also the risk of how badly this phone could get damaged if it falls with the camera module extended
  • Unlike most other flagships, the Vivo Nex is also not water or dust proof
  • The rear is pretty slippery too - you will want to use a case

Display

  • The 6.59-inch Super AMOLED, 19.3:9 display is the star of the show here - with a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent, it dominates the front of the smartphone and looks striking - a no-notch tall screen is an unparalleled experience - and the viewing angles are superb, colours are vivid, and blacks are inky and deep - the maximum brightness is impressive, and the display also gets dim enough for comfortable use in a dark room - there is a nifty night mode that that can be triggered at set times - Vivo has moved the ambient light sensor to below the display and it works well enough

Software

  • Vivo's Funtouch OS has taken a lot of inspiration from iOS, and is packed with features and gestures to the hilt
  • Vivo's FunTouch UI might be feature packed, but it also tends to be rather cluttered, and occasionally unstable (you will experience app crashes now and then) which is a letdown - it is probably the biggest thing that stops the Nex from being a strong recommendation - you can liken the experience to climbing aboard a fancy, futuristic alien spaceship, only to quickly discover your inability to operate it properly and likely quickly crashing into a tree

Performance

  • Performance is top-notch as expected - with the Snapdragon 845 under the hood, the Vivo Nex handles everything you throw at it with ease, and with 8GB of RAM, it keeps most apps running in the background, even those left unused for a full day - gaming on the phone is also quite a pleasurable experience, due to the combination of the gorgeous screen and the top-end hardware

Camera

  • The dual camera setup on the rear is pretty good, and clicks some impressive photos - the level of detail is very good, colours are rich and vibrant, and the autofocus is precise and accurate - there is also little to no shutter lag, and the dynamic range is good - thanks to the four-axis OIS, images taken at night also come out sharp and detailed
  • As with most flagships these days, the rear camera can recognise objects or scenes being shot and optimise its settings accordingly
  • The portrait mode is decent too (but not the best)
  • AR stickers are implemented well too and are a good way to impress friends - they can be used with both the front and the rear camera
  • There is a fully featured professional mode in the camera application as well which allows you to alter the ISO, exposure, shutter speed and white balance
  • Videos shot with the rear cameras are detailed and quite stable too, thanks to the four axis optical image stabilisation
  • While the front camera has that fancy, eye-catching camera mechanism, when it pops out, on the imaging front, it's average, considering the price bracket - it has a tendency to overexpose shots, and images taken at night look very soft and have a fair bit of noise

Audio

  • Very good quality audio output via earphones (and the bundled pair of earphones are surprisingly good too)
  • The single loudspeaker gets reasonably loud but is somewhat shrill and tinny, which is a letdown in this price bracket

Battery

  • Battery life is quite fantastic - you will get through a 12-hour day with about 40 percent left at the end, which is quite impressive - overall among flagship phones, the Vivo Nex takes the top end of the battery life ratings
  • Fast charging support is there too - the huge fast charger that Vivo includes in the box takes the phone from zero to about 50 percent in 40-45 minutes

More

  • On the whole, the Vivo Nex is an immensely desirable, but ultimately frustrating device - it is a smartphone from the future which is gorgeous, immensely powerful, and loaded with impressive technologies - the OLED screen is superb, the rear camera is competent, and battery life is impressive - however, the software has niggles, the fingerprint scanner is unreliable, waterproofing is missing, and the cameras while good are not the best of the pack - for now, for most users, flagship offerings from the likes of Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung will be a bit more polished and easier to live with

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  2. Vivo Nex's clever engineering and fantastic notch-free screen serve as a model for other phones
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  3. Arguably the most technically advanced Android phone on the market right now
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  4. As of now, the Vivo Nex is best looked upon as a technology showcase, rather than owned as a daily driver
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Perfect for anyone who wants to live on the bleeding edge of technology
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  6. Frustratingly imperfect, undeniably desirable
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  7. Packs one surprise after another
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Vivo NEX Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.59 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2316 pixels (~ 388 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • FullView Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.7 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #5 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 630
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight199 gm
Thickness7.98 mm
Camera
Primary Camera12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.5" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; 4-axis OIS
  • 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; no AF; Depth Sensor
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Slow Motion
  • Live Photo
  • Portrait Bokeh (dual cameras)
  • Time Lapse
  • Face Beauty
  • AR Stickers
  • Filters
Secondary Camera8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Live Photo
  • Face Beauty
  • Backlight HDR
  • Portrait Bokeh
  • Panorama
  • AR Stickers
  • Filters
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor
  • Pop-Up Front Camera

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