Hello Guys! Today I’m going to do a Full Specifications Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Review. So here’s a question, How important is it you to have a full-screen display? I’m talking about like a panel from the top to the bottom of your phone, no bezel to be found.
Well, last year Oppo and Vivo tried to do this, they hit the selfie camera in the little moving parts module in the top of the phones which kind of enabled a bigger screen than we’ve previously seen in a lot of devices.
Now it’s 2019, and a lot of manufacturers are trying to do a similar thing. They’re drilling the holes in the display to make room for selfie camera. But Vivo doesn’t want to do this, and they want to still go with the whole full display idea with like nothing intersecting it. So now what they come up with is a phone with two displays. This is the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition.
Brief Summary on Specifications: –
So, this phone is really interesting, and I don’t want to talk about specs that much here because a lot of the specs are pretty much the same as other flagships.
It’s got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 128GB of storage and it has 10GB of RAM and 10GB of RAM is a lot of RAM there are a few phones on the market right now that has 10GB of RAM is currently that’s pretty pointless.
But I think it’s nice that they’re putting that in here because that kind of adds a sense of longevity to your purchase and maybe down the road Android will be able to take advantage of 10GB of RAM.
The performance on these specs is as you would assume good I didn’t see any frame dropping or stuttering pretty much throughout my entire time with the phone and it performed well in our Benchmark test too.
So, it’s pretty much like every other flagship and 2018 as far as performance goes but what makes this phone interesting it the Dual Display. So on the front, you’ve got the huge AMOLED display it looks nice and pretty much the same as the Vivo NEX from the last year.
But then you turn the phone around and on back you’ve got the second display which is still fully capable. And you have to wonder what is that there for so the main focus of the secondary display is going to be the camera. Vivo kind of thought well the rear cameras on smartphones are already better than the selfie cameras on most smartphones.
Anyways so why don’t we repurpose the rear cameras to be able to shoot your selfies and that makes a lot of sense. The only thing that was holding people back from doing that was being able to see themselves when they were taking their photo and I think this is an exciting implementation but it would kind of suck if that was the only reason this had a secondary display.
The first one can take pictures of people and let them see the photo that you’re taking of them before you take the shot. This is nice because if someone wanted to pose or just like put a picture up on their Instagram, you could handle your phone to someone and then you can see the picture before they take it which is a nice feature.
The other main use for the second display would be for gaming so if you were in a first-person shooter like PUBG they specifically partnered with 10 cents on PUBG you to use this back display as kind of like a trigger. So if you are using your thumbs to run around and aim you can tap on the back of the phone to shoot and that gives a little more leverage makes it a little easier to play the game.
I’m sure there’s a bunch of other things that you could probably use the second display for when I first got the phone I thought “oh no like what if I drop it and break the second display”, but if you think about it, most phones are a glass back now.
There’s only one camera setup on this phone you’d hope that they would be good right and I’m mixed on it. I like the colour profile, I think it’s very similar to Xiaomi Mi A1 it’s little more desaturate and more natural than a lot of other flagship phones like a Samsung camera, but the clarity and sharpness there.
I was impressed with the Mi A camera, and if this was just a little bit sharper, I think it would be similar to that camera. One kind of thing about this camera though is the built-in ring light so say you were taking a selfie and you just wanted to light up your face a little more, there are two bright white LEDs on either side of this camera that give your face a really nice exposure and just give that sensor a lot more light overall.
When you’re charging your phone, or you get notifications, there are RGB LEDs that can light around the camera sensor that gives it this beautiful effect. So apparently it doesn’t change the performance of the phone, but I just thought it was a little cool thing that kind of adds a low value to the device.
The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is running on Funtouch OS 4.5 which is based on Android 9.O Pi and in my opinion its bad. It’s not made for western audiences, it’s trying to look a lot like iOS which is pretty popular with Chinese ROM, and I don’t dig it. It doesn’t allow you to have an App drawer which is frustrating for me and it forces you to put all your apps and folders on the Home screen which is just so annoying.
But the nice thing is that it does have some good navigation gestures. They are similar to iOS but I’m not fan of the default Pi navigation gestures anyway, and I think these are a little bit better.
Overall, I think if you like how iOS looks and works then you might like this, but I would suggest just throwing a launcher like Nova on it. Nova works well I did test it on this phone, and you can also use it on both displays. So It doesn’t mess up any of the system navigation.
Biometrics & Security: –
So you might be thinking without a selfie camera how am I going to do things like Face Unlock or other types of authentication they aren’t just putting a pin in and Vivo has put another in screen fingerprint reader in this phone just like the original NEX, and it’s better than the Original NEX 2. It’s faster, more effective and I didn’t have trouble getting into my phone.
If you want to turn on the rear display though there is a time of flight sensor next to the regular camera which basically projects dots onto your face and creates a map of your face so that you can get into your phone, it’s really similar to like Face ID or some of the other technology that we’ve seen from people like Xiaomi.
The Vivo NEX Dual Display has a 3500 mAh battery, and the battery life is pretty good for some reason Fun Touch OS does not report screen on time which is frustrating for me. But I ended the day about 25 – 30% battery life left which is a lot better than some of the other phones have been using recently so keep that in mind.
Price and Conclusion: –
You can buy this phone right now in China. It is 4998 RMB which translates to about 730 dollars or like 630 Euros. Honestly, I think that’s a pretty good price for what you are getting. You’re getting excellent specs, and you are getting a phone that is unique, you’ve got two displays, a headphone jack but you don’t get in a lot of phones right now, and it’s just going to look completely different from all the other phones in all your friend’s pockets.