Hey guys what is up? So, with the aim of optimizing screen display while including all basic features a phone should have, Vivo has done something different from the NEX having a hidden camera to having dual display.
I can recall 3 or 4 years back, I was on YouTube checking out some of the newest inventions in terms of phones. I remember seeing a phone with two screens and a camera at the top. I don’t really remember the inventor of the phone, but I know he’s African-American.
After finding out about the NEX Dual Display, I really do hope Vivo got and bought the concept from that guy. If it is not the case, well, it is what it is.
Anyway, this is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I’ll be reviewing the Vivo NEX Dual Display edition.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- Funtouch 4.5 with Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.4 inch Primary 1080 x 2340 and 5.5 inch Secondary 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU
- Adreno 630
- 10GB RAM
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 12 MP + 2 MP + TOF Camera
- 3500mAh non-removable battery
- Dual SIM
This is not the first phone I have reviewed that doesn’t have a selfie camera in the front. Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is a phone you can check it out if you’d like a full screen display experience as well.
Looking at the front of the NEX, you get a beautifully designed bezel less Primary Screen, no notch, no camera, nothing. Just you and a screen, and that’s where the full experience is.
On the back of the phone is where you pretty much get everything happening. The back of the phone is where you get the Secondary Screen. The design is fantastic, it is not a full display like the Primary Screen and that’s just because it houses all the major components the phone has.
Before we get into knowing how everything on the phone is placed, let’s talk about what you get with two screens.
First of all, you get two screens just so you can have a full experience in terms of display on the Primary Screen. We’ve already established that.
Taking pictures is kind of fun, let’s say you’re taking pictures of your friend, they can see what they look like on the Secondary Screen (you can see them on the Primary Screen as well) before the photo is taken.
Gaming is also fun, just by tapping the Secondary Screen, it enables you to shoot in first person shooter games like PUB-G. This feature isn’t optimized on all games but as time goes, more games will get supported.
Something else you can do is take selfies using the Secondary Screen, we’ll talk about the camera in a bit, but that’s how Vivo has maded it possible to have a phone without a “selfie camera” per se.
We’ll go into details about both screens in a short while. Just knowing some of the things the screens offer is just amazing.
Back to placements, I already established that the NEX Dual Display has the camera setup at the “back”, it is a triple camera setup. The cameras (or 2 of the cameras) are housed by a round bump. It is transparent but very noticeable.
The good thing about the bump is that it gives a display of beautiful colors at the top and bottom edges. These colors show up when there are notifications on your phone or when you’re using the selfie portrait mode on the camera.
Both sides of the screen have a power button, but the volume rocker is only on the right side. The NEX dual display edition comes with a headphone jack so you don’t have to worry about using a dongle.
There isn’t a “physical” fingerprint sensor, but it does have one, it is on the Primary Screen as an in-display fingerprint reader.
I must say having a phone with two screens can be quite overwhelming, the thought of the phone falling and cracking one of the screens is something to worry about.
But hey, take a look at the bright side, you still get to have another functional screen if one goes bad.
Both screens are protected with Gorilla Glass 6 and the phone has an aluminum frame.
The overall design is quite unique, having both screens should be something great to experience on a phone.
Starting with the Primary Screen, it is a large 6.4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a screen to body ratio of 84.7%.
Samsung AMOLED screens are really impressive when it comes to displays, and with this phone coming with one, you shouldn’t expect any less.
The resolution you get on the NEX’s Primary Screen is 1080 x 2340 pixels and viewing angles are also very good.
There is not a lot going on here besides the fact that you get a great viewing experience, but one thing to acknowledge is that this is where the fingerprint sensor is.
Like I said, the fingerprint sensor is an in-display sensor. It is really fast and responsive in reading fingerprints, so you know it is reliable.
Brightness on this side of the phone is very good, you can use it outdoors and have a really good display.
Overall, the Primary Screen is impressive and you will have a great time using it.
The Secondary Screen of the NEX is also a Super AMOLED screen, it has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It is not as large as the Primary Screen (with good reasons). On it, you are getting 5.5 inches for a nice experience as well.
There is no in-display fingerprint reader here, but you can unlock the phone on this side using the camera for face recognition. It is also very fast.
It is bright enough for outdoor usage as well.
Only problem with the Secondary Screen is that it is not really optimized for a lot of apps. While using it, you will notice that the screen shrinks after you start-up an app.
I don’t really see this as a big deal because really, you will be using the Primary Screen most of the time.
Shrinking doesn’t happen when you’re using the camera though, here the display is full.
Overall quality of how the Secondary Screen displays is pretty good.
Both screens work with the same display settings. Setting a wallpaper on the Primary Screen is also applied to the Secondary Screen automatically.
Both screens don’t work at the same time, only one does at a time. The only time they do is when you’re using the camera, that’s good for battery life (we’ll get to the battery soon, patience).
To protect both screens (cause you’ll need to) it’s good to use the rubber case that comes with the phone, it will give you more grip and it lifts up the phone a bit so it will avoid scratches on flat surfaces.
For now, I really don’t like talking about cameras on phones because it’s hard to describe how accurate pictures appear without samples.
I guess I’ll just have to do my best, but if you really want samples, I suggest you Google some (I don’t want to get sued for using someone else’s samples).
If you’re still with me, let’s talk about how good the cameras are.
The phone comes with a triple camera setup consisting of a 12 Megapixel Main Shooter, a 2 Megapixel Depth Sensor and a Time of Flight sensor. There’s also a LED flash to increase brightness in dark conditions.
The 12 Megapixel camera takes very well detailed pictures without a lot of noise, HDR photos come out a little too bright but still detailed.
Portrait mode pictures come out okay. Although edge detection (this is where the Depth Sensor and Time of Flight Sensor come to play) is supported, sometimes edges of the subject in focus come out blurry. It’s not something you’ll always experience but it is something to look out for.
Using the camera as a “normal” camera is quite good.
Using it as a “selfie” camera is also quite great, since you’re using the same camera, selfies come out detailed, you still get that brightness on your pictures sometimes, but I guess it’s a beauty effect.
The round bump that houses the cameras illuminates soft light form its left and right sides to give you a little brightness in dark conditions when you’re taking selfies.
Night shots are good, but you won’t be getting a great experience like some other phones that do really well with night shots.
Videos recorded on the phone are stable, clear and sharp.
You can record videos in 4K and 1080p at 30 and 60 frames per second each.
The performance on this phone is quite good, one of the few issues you may be having will be operating the phone.
Let’s start with the Operating System. The phone runs on Vivo’s Funtouch 4.5 on top Android 9.0 (Pie), it supports a lot of features especially Gesture Navigation.
One thing you may have to do is install a launcher. Without a launcher, you don’t get an app drawer, all your apps will be in folders on the home screen. In my opinion, that sucks, I know some people who are okay with this but personally, a launcher is preferable.
Launchers like Nova Launcher works really well on both screens.
Nova Launcher is the only one I use, I’ve tried a bunch of others like GO Launcher, Smart Launcher and some others. Now, I am not saying they are bad, I have friends that enjoy using them, but I always end up going back to Nova. After a while, I said enough and just stuck to it. I don’t regret it a bit.
Well, the Operating System on the NEX Dual Display edition has other features such as swiping up from the bottom to access quick toggles, to enable things like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.
In terms of hardware, the phone comes with a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Chipset, a 2.7GHz Octa-core CPU and an Adreno GPU.
Everything runs super smooth on the phone, you won’t notice frame rate drops or lagging on high-end games.
Overall performance on the phone is really good.
Besides the app drawer, I really don’t see a lot of problems on this device. Audio comes out loud while using either the 3.5mm headphone jack or the speaker at the bottom. Apps start-up fast, the fingerprint sensor works fast. It is great with performance.
This phone was designed so it can be used for a long time, it comes with 10GB of RAM. For now, Android doesn’t need that much RAM, but as time goes, it will.
Having a lot of RAM just improves performance, multitasking and stability of the phone (all phones in general anyway). 10GB of RAM will do just that for now and for a long time to come.
Although you can’t expand storage, it’s a good thing the phone comes with 128GB of internal storage.
Of course you don’t get to use the whole 128GB because some of it is used by the phone’s Operating System, but you will be having over 100GB for personal use.
With that you can have a lot of games, videos, pictures etc stored on your phone.
In all honesty, I wish there was a 256GB or even a 500GB version since you can’t expand with an SD card and the phone is supposed to be used for a very long time.
Overall, you will have a lot of space for a lot of stuff.
The NEX Dual Display edition comes with a non-removable 3500mAh Li-Ion battery.
Funny thing here is that it sounds like a battery that you won’t expect a lot from on a phone like this (I thought so too), so I made sure I looked for some more information.
From what I gathered, it is a pretty good battery for its size. Heavy users can get a full day of use and light users will go for days without needing to charge.
The phone supports fast charging. Charging the phone from 0% to 50% takes about 30 minutes.
A really cool thing about charging the phone is that the light sensor around the camera lights up while it charges. Pretty cool.
Battery life is impressive, it’s not going to wow you, but it will wow you cause for its size, it does really well.
The phone supports 4G LTE, 3G and 2G. You get WiFi, Bluetooth V5.0, a USB 2.0 Type-C connector, USB On the Go etc.
You don’t get an FM radio or infrared though.
The Vivo NEX Dual Display edition costs around $800.
Check current price on Amazon.
Please note that prices vary from time to time.
Having a dual screen phone is pretty cool. The phone is not just good for its looks but it performs well, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, latest Operating System etc.
It has its down sides when it comes to overall camera performance but it still does well.
For its price, I think it is expensive.
Honestly, I can’t conclude on the phone with this price for now. But overall, it’s pretty decent.
Okay guys, that is all for now, if you enjoyed reading, please hit the “like” button and share, feel free to comment your questions and suggestions.
You will be hearing from me soon, until then, stay real, stay true.