Vivo NEX 3, curved screen at the end and motorized front camera

Vivo NEX 3, curved screen at the end and motorized front camera

Vivo revolutionizes “all-screen” phones again with the new Vivo NEX 3, a mobile that takes advantage of a panel with “waterfall” edges and maximum power.

During this 2019 we are attending endless solutions in order to expand the screen surface. We have holes in the panel, cameras that rotate from the back of the phone, smartphones that slide to uncover the front cameras … And we also have motorized cameras, an ingenuity that dazzled the Vivo APEX in the MWC of 2018.

The Vivo APEX was a concept after which the first Vivo NEX was developed. The main premise remained: front all screen and motorized selfie camera to take advantage of its immense panel. And now, with the latest revision of the range, Vivo takes a leap forward by adopting what is called “waterfall edges” or “Waterfall. 


The Chinese brand takes to the extreme the use of the screen including extremely curved edges. It remains to be seen if it is comfortable for day to day, but we can do little to avoid the trend: the curved screen edges will be the top of 2020. Of course, this quality is not the only reviewable of the new Vivo NEX 3.

Characteristics of Vivo NEX 3

As a good “premium” range, the Vivo NEX 3 offers hardware at the highest level while taking advantage of taking its exterior design to the extreme, edges of the screen through. Under the layers of glass beats a powerful Snapdragon 855+ that is enhanced by a large amount of RAM and storage. In addition, the multiplicity of wireless connections is guaranteed since the smartphone has a version prepared for 5G.

The appearance of the Vivo NEX 3 is very elegant and slim; with an immersion in the content that is facilitated by the extreme curvature of the screen. Due to this quality, the volume control is on the metal frame in the form of pressure sensors; without this affecting the power button, which is physically present.

Vivo NEX 3, curved screen at the end and motorized front camera

Here are the features of the Vivo NEX 3 :


  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ eight-core.
    • 4 x Cortex A75 at 2.95 GHz.
    • 4 x Cortex A55 at 1.8 GHz.
  • RAM memory: 8/12 GB.
  • Storage.
    • Internal: 128/256 GB.
    • MicroSD: no.
  • Graphic: Adreno 630.
  • Screen.
    • Size: 6.89 inches.
    • Resolution: 2256 x 1080 pixels.
    • SuperAMOLED technology with super curved edges.
  • Rear camera.
    • Resolution: 64 Mpx the main one, 13 Mpx with wide angle and 13 Mpx cn telephoto 2x.
    • Openings: f / 2.09 + f / 2.2 + f / 2.48.
    • Others: LED Flash.
  • Front camera.
    • Resolution: 16 Mpx.
    • Opening: f / 2.09.
    • Others: motorized camera, LED flash.
  • Connectivity: dual SIM, 4G / LTE, 5G version, Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi, NFC …
  • Ports:
    • 3.5 mm jack
    • USB Type-C connector.
    • The fingerprint sensor on the screen.
  • Battery: 4500 mAh with a fast charge of 44 W.
  • Dimensions:  167.44 x 76.14 x 9.4 mm.
  • Weight: 217.3 g version 4G // 218.5 version 5G.
  • System:
    • Android version: Android 9 Pie.
    • Custom layer: Funtouch OS 9.1.


The most striking thing about the phone is its screen since it borders the side edges until it almost covers its entire thickness. Vivo says that it is one of the mobile phones with a better utilization ratio since it reaches 99.6 %. The panel is of high-quality Super AMOLED; staying in FHD + resolution.

Vivo does not dispense with two details that are usually missing in the highest-end Chinese mobile phones: the Vivo NEX 3 includes a 3.5 mm jack and also NFC. In addition, it boasts a fingerprint reader under the screen and includes a pressure sensor to improve the sensations when pressing the panel. The brand has also reduced false touches on the edges, something essential for a phone that is necessarily grabbed by the screen.


The front camera continues the path that initiated the Vivo APEX concept: it is motorized so as not to disturb the front. The deployment is very fast: Vivo ensures that it is up in 0.65 seconds. The brand also guarantees the durability of the mechanism, although we already know that it will be one of the most fragile parts of the phone. Not to mention the risk of fragmenting the glass if the singing phone falls …

The battery chosen to give life to the Vivo NEX 3 is 4500 mAh, a figure that should give the phone more than one day away from the plug. And with the always welcome ultrafast charge: the phone includes a 44 W charger. Too bad it lacks wireless charging.

Price and availability of Vivo NEX 3

The phone will be exclusive to China, at least for now. It can be booked from today in the eastern country with the sale from September 21.


Vivo NEX 3, curved screen at the end and motorized front camera
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