Vivo NEX Dual-Screen Version: Specs & Review & Features
In the last month, various manufacturers launched many genuine full-screen smartphones and seems this trend is not going to stop. In this sense, the highest expectations are coming for the VIVO NEX series, which was considered to be the first true full-screen smartphone. As you remember, it is using a pop-up front camera design, which helps the phone to have a high screen ratio. The newly announced VIVO NEX Dual-Screen Version has further explored on the basis of the previous generation. As the name suggests, it’s a dual-screen smartphone. But there has been another model with such an approach. So let’s see what’s changed in comparison to the original model and how it’s going to compete with the Nubia X.
VIVO NEX Dual-Screen Version Appearance
The VIVO NEX dual-screen version, as the name implies, sports two screens. On the road of pursuing a higher screen ratio, the front camera becomes the biggest stumbling block. To bypass this problem, VIVO has decided to use the same concept as Nubia did. Thus, it removed the camera modules from the one panel and put them on the opposite side, adding a secondary color screen to interact with the phone in the traditional way.
On the one side, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version carries a 6.39-inch display, which serves as the main display. It is COF-packaged and uses a frameless design. There is nothing but the display on this side. That’s why the screen ratio is too high. The 1080×2340 resolution also makes this main screen display more delicate. It supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut, and the color reproduction is quite accurate.
With such a screen, we can have a more immersive audiovisual experience. The front of the VIVO NEX dual-screen version is almost what everyone expects. We mean it’s quite amazing when playing games because the screen occupies the entire front panel, and there is a better visual enjoyment when watching movies. Shortly, the 19:9 screen will have a bigger vision when playing games and watching movies.
The ‘back’ of the VIVO NEX dual-screen version uses a 5.49-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1920×1080. The display is also very powerful. Apart from this, there is a star ring, curling three cameras and other components. The top of the screen is connected to the star ring light. When the star ring light is ON, the screen will also light up the ring and illuminate the RGB lights.
This star ring light will have the corresponding illumination in the context of music playback, charging, taking portraits, and the like. At the same time, the design of the star ring blocks the many openings in the back, which makes it look more harmonious.
Since this is a dual-screen phone, there is a power button on each side of the fuselage. No matter which screen is facing up, click the power button on the right to change the current screen.
The mutual switching of the two screens is also very convenient. One method is to simultaneously press and hold the two power keys of the phone, and the content displayed on the screen is sent to another screen. Another method is to slide with three fingers to the left (or right) at the same time, and the content displayed on the screen can also be sent to another screen.
The screen on the back brings many interesting things to play with. One of its interactive functions is the ‘Drawing Heart’, which can be triggered by drawing a heart shape on the screen, and then the desired pattern text can be drawn on it. Once done, this can be displayed on the back screen. There is another function of ‘V mood’, which is activated by drawing ‘V’ on the screen. The back screen can display a custom mood animation. For example, as the Christmas is coming, and the back will show Christmas related animations.
When playing games, the secondary screen is not idle. For example, in PUNG, the secondary screen can be used as a ‘physical plug-in’. Two specific areas can be mapped as open or shot buttons. Another option, when playing a game on the front, if you flip the phone, the social media will be opened on the back screen. So you can quickly reply to the messages sent to you.
The dual-screen concept also brings two unlocking options. The front screen adopts the screen fingerprinting technology. The fifth-generation screen fingerprinting technology has made new upgrades in hardware and software aspects. Under the blessing of DSP acceleration technology, the unlocking has become faster and more accurate. The unlocking of the back screen is realized by the face recognition of the TOF camera. Compared with other face unlocking options, the TOF can collect more facial information, unlock faster, identify more accurately, and be safer.
As a conclusion, we can say, the VIVO NEX Dual-Screen Version sports two screen, one of which is made to satisfy the demand of high-screen ratio, while the next one comes to bring an innovative approach in interacting with smartphones. This approach can be described as a combination of technology and art.
VIVO NEX Dual-Screen Version Camera
This approach means the camera should be placed on the one side only. Thus, it should be used as the main camera and a selfie camera simultaneously. In other words, the quality of the camera should be greatly improved compared to the front camera of other products. The VIVO NEX dual-screen version uses a three-camera configuration. The main camera is the Sony IMX363, which has dual-core 12MP (24 million photosensitive cells), and the other two are TOF camera and night-time camera, respectively. There are two soft fill lights on the star ring for a more natural portrait photo.
Since the main camera is used for shooting, the self-timer effect is obviously superior when comparing to other products. With Europe’s new beauty algorithm, it provides the most natural beauty effect, makes new improvements in skin color, microdermabrasion, clarity and so on. The TOF camera can be used for 3D modeling of the face, and it is easy to adjust the facial appearance (shaved face, face-lift, thin nose, long nose, big eyes, eye distance, mouth shape, chin, etc.) to get the perfect selfie you want.
Apart from great selfies, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version comes with many new features for taking photos. The dual-screen can illuminate two screens at the same time when shooting. So the person who is photographed can also see the photo in real time and adjust the posture and angle at any time. With the Pose guide function, you can choose the popular pose as a template, and pose according to the picture displayed on the secondary screen, making it easier to take good-looking photos.
The VIVO NEX dual-screen version has a great improvement in night time shooting. The main camera has a large aperture of F/1.8 and supports four-axis OIS and EIS. It can get more light into the lens. When the exposure is made, the picture will not be blurred due to the handshake.
The new Super Night View feature allows the VIVO NEX dual-screen version to capture more beautiful night photos. The multi-frame compositing with 12-16 photos gives the photos a higher tolerance and dynamic range, but the highlights in the picture are not exposed. The dark part retains more details. At the same time, there is better noise cancellation performance.
The super night view function of the VIVO NEX dual-screen version can be completed in four to five seconds, without the need for a long-term hand-held, and the shooting is less difficult. The photos don’t come with that strange feeling of ‘night vision’. It restores the original appearance of the night scene in a more natural state and provides more details. The night scene photos are transparent and the photo quality is very good.
VIVO NEX Dual-Screen Version Performance
As an innovative smartphone that combines the latest technological achievements and looks like a piece of art, the VIVO NEX Dual-Screen Version just should come with a strong hardware. Fortunately, we are dealing with a genuine flagship, which is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip. It is one of the strongest smartphone chips at present. In particular, the built-in Adreno 630 GPU has better performance in graphics rendering and computing.
At the same time, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version also features a 10GB of memory and a 128GB of storage space. This is not the first 10GB handset but it is among the pioneers.
VIVO’s Dual-Turbo dual-acceleration engine also enables the VIVO NEX dual-screen version to provide a more powerful performance. The system acceleration engine is optimized for the resource scheduling of the phone, which greatly improves the efficiency of the system operation. The VIVO game acceleration engine is optimized for the game in an all-around way and cooperates with the game manufacturers to carry out targeted optimization.
There is a new assistant. When entering the game, there will be a floating window for the game mode setting, including the common shielding notification messages, the smartphone performance optimization, the background cleaning, and so on. Moreover, the e-sports mode optimizes the CPU strategy for touchscreen operations and elevated temperatures.
In the actual game experience, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version is quite good. In the test of ‘Honor of Kings’, the phone is almost continuously running at 60 frames. In the group battle, when a lot of skills are released at the same time, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version can also be easily handled.
In another game, the PUBG, the performance is still remarkable, and the whole process can be stably operated at around 40 frames. The most complicated scene in the stimulating battlefield is the case of driving, and it is necessary to render a lot of scene images. But even in this case, the phone can still output a very stable frame rate curve.
The VIVO NEX dual-screen version optimizes the dual-screen for the game. First, two mapping areas can be set on the back screen. They can correspond to the shooting and opening operations. The average player can also easily implement four-finger operations. At the same time, it also supports dual-screen multi-tasking function.
Jovi Has Become Smarter
As for the Jovi voice assistant, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version has made great progress. The Jovi Collection supports the smart tag feature, which allows you to long-press a favorite article page with two fingers. The smart reminder function can intelligently identify the location and recommend relevant options for eating, drinking, and playing.
Jovi is now smarter and more versatile. In the voice assistant interface, we can choose to teach Jovi to do things. First, enter the voice command, and then start the teaching of the operation steps. After all the settings, you can let Jovi do the corresponding things through the voice command.
VIVO NEX Dual-Screen Version Battery
The VIVO NEX dual-screen version comes with a built-in 3500mAh battery. In a 3-hour battery test, the phone showed good results. At the same time, we also tested the power consumption of the two screens. In the case of watching 1080P videos, the life of the two screens is basically the same.
As for charging, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version supports a 22.5W of fast charging, which can charge up to 63% in 30 minutes, 94% in 1 hour, and only 1 hour and 25 minutes to fully charge the phone.
This is NEX!
What is NEX? VIVO has applied the best technology and the most advanced technology in the NEX series products, which not only have a more scientific sense of design but also provide users with a better experience. This handset not only brings a higher screen ratio through the dual-screen concept but the combination of hardware and software brings more interesting new features. As the flagship of the year, the VIVO NEX dual-screen version has almost achieved everything that can be imagined, and there is no shortcoming in almost any aspect. This is the most shocking performance of NEX.