The Vivo NEX lineup has been averse to notches from the very beginning and found the pop-up selfie camera to be the perfect solution for the same. Well, the company is still following the same ideals and taking things a ‘notch’ further with the launch of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition.

Vivo NEX Dual-Display Edition: Price and Availability

This new variant of the Vivo NEX comes only in a single 10GB+128GB configuration and has been priced at 4,998 yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 52,000. It comes in 2 different colors, namely Polar Blue and Nebula Purple.

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is scheduled to go on sale from December 29, just in time for New Year’s, in China but there’s no word on global availability yet. The original Vivo NEX did find its way to India earlier this year, so we are hopeful that the company could bring it to the country next year.

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition: Features

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes as a significant step up over its predecessor, so let’s take a look at what all it has to offer:

  • Dual Displays

As the name already implies, this device has taken the Nubia route to steer clear of not only the notch but also the mechanical camera with the inclusion of two displays.

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition now packs a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen on the front, with tiny bezels, a display resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels, and a 91.63 percent screen-to-body ratio. There’s a similar 5.49-inch Full-HD+ display on the rear, but with massive bezels in 2018, and these two displays play well with each other, thanks to the dual-display multitasking feature.

Using this feature, you could be watching a movie on the front screen and have your texting session on the back, or any number of such combinations.

Another gimmicky (or super handy, depending on you) feature shown off on stage is the use of the secondary display as a rear Touch Pad. You could use the Magic case to display quotes or Mood Gestures to send messages to your lover, who can read it on the second display.

  • Triple Cameras

Moving on the camera department, you can already tell that there’s no selfie camera on board and only a three sensor array on the rear – which when coupled with the rear display will fulfill the duties of a selfie camera as well. There’s a 12MP dual-pixel primary sensor (with 4-axis OIS), backed by a 2-MP secondary sensor (night video camera), and time of flight (TOF) 3D module available on here.

Apart from the display, the cameras are another highlight of the smartphone and it has brought a ton of features in tow. You get Mirror Mode, which allows not only the person clicking a picture but also the person on the other side to see the same in real-time. The company also touted of a low-light video and super night mode feature on stage but we will need to test those out to know better.

The TOF camera not only allows the users to unlock the smartphone via the 3D Face Access feature in under 0.35 seconds by taking into account 300,000 nodal points. The camera, which is also seen on Oppo R17 Pro, comes in handy for clicking better low-light photos and adding a dimension to your life via 3D object-scanning capabilities.

  • Lunar Ring

Another highlight of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is the much-rumored lunar ring. It combines 16 hidden RGB LED lights and soft light to brighten up portrait shots and use the diffusion lighting effect (circular ring light) of the Lunar Ring.

The RGB-lit lunar ring around the camera module would also come handy to signify when the phone’s charging, the Jovi voice assistant is in use, incoming calls and notifications. It can even dance along to your tunes, as shown below.

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition: Specifications

Finally, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and features 10GB RAM (following along the OnePlus 6T McLaren, Mi Mix 3, and several other recently launched phones) and 128GB of internal storage. The device runs FunTouch OS 4.5 and packs a modest 3,500mAh battery.

There’s a fifth-gen in-display fingerprint sensor (developed in partnership with Qualcomm) on board and Vivo boasts of unlocking speed of about 0.29 seconds, which is faster than OnePlus 6T. To sum everything up, you can check out the complete specs of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition right here:

Dimensions157.18×75.36×8.09mm
Weight199 grams
Primary Display6.39-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED, 2340×1080p
Secondary Display5.49-inch Full-HD AMOLED, 1920×1080
Processorocta-core Snapdragon 845
GPUAdreno 630
RAM10GB
Storage128GB
Rear Cameras12MP (f/1.8, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS) + 2MP (f/1.8) depth sensor + TOF camera
Front CamerasN.A
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie-based Funtouch OS 4.5
Battery3,500mAh
Connectivitydual VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDoU, USB Type-C
Sensorsin-display fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Beebom’s Take

Vivo strives to be at the forefront of innovation and the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is another example of the company’s devotion to break the mold and think out of the box.

You probably think that two displays are nothing new, but Vivo has taken the implementation to greater heights by adding more features, including a few  gimmicky ones. The camera enhancements too make this device look appealing. But all of that is on paper and we don’t know whether this phone is actually worth your attention.

What are your thoughts on the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition? Too much innovation or astounding vision? Let us know in the comments down below.