Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a Full specifications Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Review. Throughout the past year, Vivo has been thinking outside of the box to deliver an edge-to-edge smartphone display. Having two screens on the phone is the latest solution to the problem so let’s get started-
Design & Build: –
The Design of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is what you’d expect from a modern flagship, Gorilla Glass on the front and back with an aluminium frame but this one has a twist almost the whole back panel is put to use a full-fledged AMOLED display. It might seem a bit strange, but Vivo has done it for a good reason.
On this phone, you can use the rear camera as a selfie camera as well which frees up the front for nothing but screen, no notch needed. The back side of the NEX Dual Display looks unlike any other phone on the market.
The presence of screen means that you don’t get an eye-catching glossy finish, but Vivo has made an exciting spectacle out of the round camera bump which extends down into the screen.
You do see through it, but it’s noticeable, the edge of the circle can light up in different colours thanks to an LED strip on the top and software animation on the bottom half. It can glow for various functions like the selfie portrait mode or when you receive a notification. There isn’t a notification LED on the front side, but both of the screens can enable an always-on display, so you always know when to check your phone.
Both are Samsung Super AMOLED with 1080p resolution. Though the front one is bigger and taller is 6.4-inches and 19.5 by 9 aspect ratio, content is sharp and being an AMOLED blacks look super deep. The screen on the back is 5.5-inches with a 16 by 9 aspect ratio.
Quality wise, it seems identical to the front one, but there are software issues here, a lot of the apps and content you see on the rear one will be squeezed into the narrower aspect ratio of the front screen leaving black bars on either side.
Overall, this limits the usability of the rear display even though you get all of your apps where you can’t use them full screen. I hope that a future software update could fix this problem. Maximum brightness on both panels is decent though not as bright as on a Samsung.
Regardless someone legibility on either screen is quite good neither screen is very colour accurate. But it’s worth noting that when you change display settings on one side, it will affect the other as well, even the wallpaper is the same. It’s strange that these two are so closely linked as in general, the only one can be on at a time.
The only dual-screen function was for the camera which gives viewfinder feedback to the subject to your photo at least switching from screen to screen is easy. Just flip the phone and use the corresponding power button but using biometrics to can be a bit tricky.
Biometrics & Security: –
The under display fingerprint reader on the front is excellent and accurate, but on the back, you don’t have one instead there you need to use the camera for face unlock. This one is fast too but I prefer the main screen, so I’m mostly stuck to the fingerprints.
One thing to keep in mind on the dual display is that you have to care about the backside of the phone. Setting it down on a table gets a bit scary if there’s an AMOLED panel involved.
There is an included rubber bumper case which lifts the phone and some cushion. It still leaves the rear panel exposed to scratches in your pocket.
For Audio, the NEX Dual Display has a single bottom firing speaker it’s loud and sounds clear but not impressive. Although there is a USB-C Port at the bottom, you won’t need a dongle on this phone for headphones. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack up at the top, the quality here is decent with above average loudness.
Storage on the NEX Dual Display isn’t expandable through microSD, though the card slot does support two Nano SIM. But there are 128GB of memory built in as standard which should last quite a while.
Software & UI: –
Let’s get into the interface is Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.5 over the latest Android Pi. Fun touch is one of the wackier Android skins out there borrowing some features from Apple’s iOS for example quick toggles are part of a control centre that slides out from the bottom of the UI instead of a shade at the top that you’d expect and like we’ve seen before from Vivo you can opt to use iOS-like gestures to navigate through the interface.
Unlike the NEX S, this time around Vivo has put some extra effort into its international version the Dual Display we received has Google Play services out of the box. We are kind of disappointed that there aren’t more features specifically tailored to the second screen.
All of the icons are the same as the front, you don’t even get a second space and as we mentioned before there are issues with a pillar boxing on most apps.
Inside, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition flagship level hardware a Snapdragon 845 chipset along with a whopping 10GB of RAM performance and benchmarks is excellent even chart-topping.
However, this high-performance level is short-lived as the phone will soon heat up and throttle under heavy strain in the real world use. This isn’t noticeable though I ran through a few games and everything feels great. There is the talk of being able to use the rear screen’s touch input as a game controller but it doesn’t seem to be supported yet may be in future titles.
Vivo NEX Dual Display has a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main camera which doubles as a selfie shooter. It has four access OIS and Phase Detection Autofocus. It’s paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor which people claims also helps in low-light situations. And there’s a 3D time-of-flight camera added to the mix for accurate facial mapping.
The main camera is the same as on the NEX S and just like before daylight shots have plenty of detail but this time around the processing is more laid-back with a more natural rendition in much less noise.
We did have issues with HDR in Auto mode is inconsistent and even if you force it on it tends to increase the overall exposure of the shot. Resulting in clipped highlights use it at your own risk. Even without HDR, the metering seems to be off from time to time so you could end up with an overexposed photo. This could be down to a bug in the software.
Portrait & Bokeh: –
In Portrait Mode, you’d think that the NEX Dual Display would feature top-notch edge detection thanks to having both a secondary depth sensor and the telephoto camera. But sadly it doesn’t seem to be the case.
The Bokeh effect looks good, but the subject detection is rather weak. The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition beauty mode is quite intensive with sliders for every aspect of the subject’s body and face.
In selfie mode, this is limited to only face corrections. Since you are snapping the main camera, you get the full quality of the rear setup. As well as phase detection autofocus as expected, they look great with the same quality as regular photos. Of course, you occasionally get sudden changes in exposure here as well.
The NEX Dual Display also features two fill flashes hidden at the left and right edges of the cameras bump. It provides some soft lighting for your face which helps in harsh light conditions.
Overall, the photo quality at night is okay, it doesn’t compete with other flagships, but you get good quality in the dark. The biggest downside is that shots are quite noisy any benefit from the secondary camera despite the claims from Vivo.
The Vivo NEX Dual Display has a dedicated video UI with its viewfinder a high resolution and frame rate controls. You can even enable the same beauty mode that you have with still pictures, impressive but it can be hit or miss.
4K video at 60fps looks excellent with good detail, sharpness and beautiful colours. There’s 4X optical stabilisation zoom which works across all resolutions. It doesn’t do the best job as it leaves behind a vibration which almost looks like focus hunting.
Going back to Vivo’s claims of low-light improvements from the second camera we didn’t notice any extra brightness or detail than you would expect to cover up the 2-megapixel camera didn’t seem to have any effect either. So we don’t have any evidence to back up those claims.
The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition has 3500 mAh battery and charging powering up the two screens. They’re rarely both on at the same time, so they don’t seem to affect performance too much.
The NEX Dual Display earned an endurance rating of 81 hours in our proprietary test not bad, and charging is pretty fast thanks to the 22.5-watt fast charger. It’s the same as the one bundled with the Vivo NEX S and with it we were able to get from 0 – 55% charge in half an hour.
So, that’s the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, and it brings you flagship level specs to sharp AMOLED displays and perhaps the best selfies in the business. But does the innovation make this a better product overall?
I found the dual screen design to be a bit confusing what should be the main attraction the large bezel-less screen gets upstaged by the smaller one on the back with its shiny lights and integrated camera bump.
This wouldn’t be a problem if the rear screen were useful, but for now, it doesn’t provide anything you couldn’t get from the front beside being a selfie viewfinder. Vivo does something about this software and has compatibility issues using this site for your daily driver don’t get me wrong. I applaud Vivo for stepping outside of the box, and we should encourage innovation for manufacturers.
But if I were looking to buy a phone with this sort of design, I would wait for them to iron out the kinks first.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Vivo NEX Dual Display||Coming Soon||Rs. 52,715|
|Vivo NEX Dual Display||Coming Soon||$750|
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||157.2mm x 75.3mm x 8.1mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Primary-Super AMOLED, 1080x2340p, 19.5×9 aspect ratio, (403PPI )
Secondary- Super AMOLED, 1080x1920p
|CAMERA||Main & Selfie||Triple- 12 MP, f/1.8, 4-axis OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF
2 MP, f/1.8, Depth Sensor
TOF Camera, f/1.3
|Features||LED Flash, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Funtouch 4.5, Android 9.O Pie|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|MEMORY||Internal||10GB RAM, 128GB ROM|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Dual band, Hotspot|
|USB||2.0, Type-C reversible connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3500 mAh|