With its pop-out selfie camera and under-display fingerprint sensor, the Vivo Nex has achieved a serious landmark in smartphone history. It’s the first verifiable device to offer a proper all-screen design, uninterrupted by sensors, cameras or buttons.
So, it’s not surprising to hear the China-made flagship handset is attracting interest from tech fans around the globe. The good news is Vivo has announced the start of an expansion of availability that may even see it arrive in the UK, US and Western Europe one day.
The company is announcing availability in five new countries today – Russia, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan – for both the Nex S and Nex A variants. Initially it appeared the devices would never be released outside of China, but today’s news offers a little more hope for those hoping to buy/import this groundbreaking phone.
In terms of specs, the top-end Nex S is the pick of the bunch, as it offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, up to 256GB of storage and a large 4,000 mAh battery. It also has a main 12-megapixel f/1.8 sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel snapper for depth.
Both versions feature that motorised pop-up selfie camera and the in-display fingerprint sensor.
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In his first impressions, Trusted Reviews mobile editor Max Parker wrote: “With its futuristic retracting selfie camera, an in-screen fingerprint scanner that actually works, and pretty much every single high-end spec around, the Vivo Nex takes a hammer to the idea 2018 phones are dull.
“Still, it does feel more like a concept than a phone you’d run out and buy (or import). I’m not convinced this is the right place for the selfie camera, and there remain questions about call-quality without a dedicated earpiece.”
Would you take a chance on the Vivo Nex? Or will you wait for the likes of Apple and Samsung to go all-screen? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter?