Now, the company has launched the Vivo Nex 3 5G, which seems to adopt a similar cutting-edge approach as previous models. Vivo’s latest model, as the name implies, is a 5G device, packing a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset along with Qualcomm’s X50 modem, and brings a lot of quirks adopted from previous Vivo concepts.
Vivo Nex 3 5G specs
|Vivo Nex 3 5G|
|Display||6.89-inch Super AMOLED, waterfall
2,256 x 1,080 resolution
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus|
|Storage||256GB fixed storage
16MP, f/2.0, with LED flash
44W fast charging
|Software||Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.1|
|Dimensions and weight||167.4 x 76.14 x 9.4mm
Vivo’s Nex 3 5G packs six 5G antennas for optimal connectivity, so hopefully that means you can hold the device however you like and still receive a great 5G signal.
Currently, the device is only compatible with sub-6GHz 5G networks. In China and many European regions, mmWave isn’t yet being adopted, since nodes only work well in cities and cost a lot to install. Vivo did state that it intends to be one of the first with mmWave in China once the technology is adopted, so look for mmWave-compatible Vivo phones in the future.
More than just a 5G-focused update?
The Vivo Nex 3 5G also stands out in the photography field, serving up a 64MP triple rear camera setup (64MP main, 13MP telephoto, 13MP ultra-wide). The physical camera sensor has been scaled up to compensate for the higher resolution, sporting a sensor size of 1/1.171-inches versus the more standard 1/2.55-inch sensor you’ll find in most phones. You’re still looking at the same 0.8 micron pixels you’ll find on 48MP camera sensors though.
The Nex S delivered a pop-up selfie camera last year, and we see a similar setup this time, featuring a 16MP sensor and LED flash. The selfie camera isn’t as ultra-wide as the shooter on the Pixel 3, but Vivo says it should be wide enough to get you and your friends comfortably in a shot. The phone also makes a cool robotic sound when the selfie camera emerges from the housing, but this can be disabled if you don’t like it.
This pop-up housing enables a full-screen display as you’d expect, but the Vivo Nex 3 5G is one of the first phones with a so-called waterfall display, featuring a 6.89-inch curved OLED (2,256 x 1,080, and a claimed 99.6% screen/body ratio) that drops off in a far more radical manner than other phones with curved screens.
The waterfall display means side-mounted buttons are rather difficult to implement, so Vivo has opted for capacitive buttons akin to the Vivo Apex device. Otherwise, Vivo has slapped a tiny physical power button at the top of the phone. Don’t want to reach for that? Then you can also use the in-display fingerprint sensor, which Vivo says is now faster and 25% larger than previous generations.
Vivo’s latest phone shouldn’t leave you wanting for power though, as it packs 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage (in addition to the flagship silicon).
The Chinese brand is also serving up a 4,500mAh battery with 44W Super FlashCharge tech. The company didn’t have charging times on hand but, if the Huawei P30 Pro is anything to go by, you can likely expect to be fully charged in just over an hour.
Disappointingly, the Vivo Nex 3 5G ships with Android 9.0 rather than Android 10, along with Vivo’s FunTouch 9.1 skin. We’re in this weird limbo where the latest update has only just launched, so it’s not unexpected to see Android 9.0 on a new device. But hopefully Vivo brings a brisk update to Android 10.
Vivo says the Nex 3 5G will be available “in the coming months” in the Asia-Pacific region, South East Asia, and “other” markets. Unfortunately, the firm hasn’t revealed a price just yet.
More posts about Vivo
What do you think of Vivo’s latest? Is the waterfall display a gimmick or great?
Let us know your thoughts below!
September 16, 2019 at 03:35AM