Way back in February of this year, we saw Vivo reveal a concept phone called the Apex, which boasted remarkably thin bezels and a very unique idea for a front-facing camera.
The goal to minimize bezels has been realized in a variety of different ways, including more notch designs than we can shake a stick at. But Vivo wanted to reduce the bezels to achieve a noteworthy 91.24 percent screen-to-body ratio, and that’s exactly what the company has achieved in its next smartphone, the Nex.
The company has officially revealed the handset on Tuesday, and it does indeed boast the similar design we saw earlier this year. That includes a front-facing camera that actually pops out of the top bezel when you need it, and hides back inside the phone when you don’t.
The Vivo Nex is a powerful smartphone, with the high-end model boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of built-in storage. That display measures in at 6.59 inches, and it’s a 1080p HD+ OLED panel. There are two cameras on the back, one of which is a 12-megapixel shooter with an aperture of f/1.8, with the second being a 5-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.4.
The handset also boasts an in-display fingerprint reader, and what Vivo calls “screen soundcasting technology”, which aims to replace the earpiece speaker.
Meanwhile, that pop-out selfie cam is an 8MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture. The Nex’s battery measures in at 4000mAh, and there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, too. Finally, the slightly less-powerful variant features a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of built-in storage.
The Vivo Nex is going to launch in China exclusively, with a price tag set at 4,998 yuan (around $780) for the high-end model. No word on when, or if, the Vivo Nex will see a launch in other markets.
What do you think of that pop-out selfie cam?