Vivo NEX

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

The ‘notch’ has been all the rage for some time now, of­ten con­sid­ered a clever way of pack­ing loads of tech­nol­ogy such as the front cam­era and the sen­sors, to flaunt a big­ger, near-bezel-less dis­play. The lat­est iPhone X has it as well as most An­droid repli­cas, but Vivo Nex has man­aged to drop it. It sports a bold new de­sign, squeez­ing in a 6.59 inch Su­per AMOLED dis­play with al­most non-ex­is­tent bezels (the one be­low the dis­play is thick) and en­sur­ing 91.24 per cent screen-to-body ra­tio. Watch­ing videos on a bezel-less dis­play is pure de­light. And it has been quite an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence when I fur­ther zoom in for a full-view YouTube video.

To achieve the bezel-less dis­play, Vivo has dropped the front speaker grill and in­tro­duced a mo­torised, el­e­vat­ing selfie cam­era on the phone’s top panel. When­ever I want to use it, the 8 MP front-fac­ing selfie cam­era pops

up in less than a sec­ond and is ready to click away. It works in the panorama and face beauty modes, cap­tures pho­tos and videos and also pro­vides AR stick­ers. When­ever you switch to the rear cam­era or click the gallery icon to view the last im­age cap­tured, the el­e­vated front cam­era starts de­scend­ing. In fact, it au­to­mat­i­cally de­scends af­ter a short span of in­ac­tiv­ity.

While Nex feels big, the curved edges at the rear make sure that it can be gripped in the most er­gonomic way. The glass rear has a holo­graphic panel that looks good, but at the same time, it is a big fin­ger­print mag­net. The rear panel houses a 12 MP-5 MP ver­ti­cal cam­era mod­ule at the top-left. To cap­ture depth im­ages, one has to se­lect the ‘por­trait’ icon within ‘take photo’, which en­ables depth ad­just­ments and cap­tures stun­ning bokeh shots. How­ever, the phone does not sup­port face un­lock and the in-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sor is a pain. Even af­ter mul­ti­ple at­tempts, it failed to reg­is­ter my fin­ger­print, es­sen­tial for set­tings up the fin­ger­print scan. Fi­nally, I used the pass­code to un­lock the phone.

Pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor, it comes with 8 GB RAM and runs on Fun­touch OS built on An­droid 8.1.0. The user in­ter­face is slightly dif­fer­ent with all the apps placed on the home screen (there is no app tray) and short­cuts to set­tings ac­ces­si­ble by swip­ing up­wards from the bot­tom. There is a ded­i­cated AI but­ton on the left panel that uses Google Lens to iden­tify ob­jects and texts, and scan bar­codes. The 4,000 mAh bat­tery (ac­com­pa­nied with Type-C charger) eas­ily lasts a day with still 20 per cent juice left.

EL­E­VAT­ING mod­ule hous­ing the front cam­era

6.59 Bezel dis­play with wide-view­ing an­gle DED­I­CATED AI but­ton uses Google Lens to search

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