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Vivo goes to great (and weird) lengths to prove its pop-up camera won’t snap off

When Vivo announced the Nex, the first smartphone with pop-up selfie-camera, there were understandably some concerns about the durability of a small and crucial component protruding from the phone.

Would the mechanically-operated camera simply snap off in the event of an unfortunate spill or if it were subject to any pressure? That sounds like an expensive tech tragedy in the making. Well, Vivo has heard the concerns and set about setting tech enthusiasts’ collective mind at rest with one of the more unique stress tests we’ve seen for a device in recent times.

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In the video below, the company popped-out said cameras on a number of Nex devices and arranged them in a circle. The company placed a 40kg glass table top on top of the array.

From there… well, you can see for yourself below.

The Nex handset is pushing this innovation as it enabled the company to create the first generally available phone with a full-screen display without a notch. While many manufacturers are getting closer to negating this design quirk, this is the only one to get rid of it completely.

Elsewhere, the handset promises to challenge some of the flagship handsets on the market. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor with the Adreno 630 GPU. It offers 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, while the 6.59-inch display is 2316 x 1080, offering a 19:9 aspect ratio. There’s a 4,000mAh battery powering the Android 8.1 operating system.

Unfortunately, the device isn’t available outside of Asia at the moment, but the company is believed to be spreading its wings into more territories, so there’s still hope for Americans and Europeans hoping to grab the innovative device.

Would you take a chance on the Vivo Nex? Could you see more smartphone makers adopting this design quirk in order to achieve full screen nirvana? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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