The Vivo NEX S drives Bezelless smartphone future forward

The future of smartphones is clearly bezelless. Chinese maker Vivo recently launched their next generation flagship, the Vivo Nex S smartphone. The futuristic-looking device pushes the bezelless game to a level we haven’t seen anyone else attempt. The phone also makes some nifty innovations to place the sensors we would otherwise need bezels to house.

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The phone comes with a 6.59-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2316 pixels. It is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core processor and it comes with a massive 8GB of RAM. The phone packs 128GB of internal storage. On the camera department, Vivo Nex S packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The phone runs a customized version of Android 8.1 Oreo and is powered by a 4000mAh. It measures 162.00 x 77.00 x 7.98 (height x width x thickness). It is a dual sim device and its connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG and 4G. Sensors on the phone include a Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, and Ambient light sensor.

Vivo Nex S full specifications

GENERAL

Release dateJune 2018
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)162.00 x 77.00 x 7.98
Battery capacity (mAh)4000
ColorsRuby Red and Star Diamond Black

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches)6.59
TouchscreenYes
Resolution1080×2316 pixels

HARDWARE

Processor2.2GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM8GB
Internal storage128GB

CAMERA

Rear camera12-megapixel
Front camera8-megapixel

SOFTWARE

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS on top.

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-FiYes
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, v 5.00
USB OTGYes
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1
GSM/CDMAGSM
4G/ LTEYes
SIM 2
GSM/CDMAGSM
4G/ LTEYes

SENSORS

Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes

The phone also spot an improved under-display fingerprint sensor that we first saw on the prototype Vivo Apex earlier this year. It spots a piezo-electric earpiece that vibrates the display to produce clear and crisp sound for voice calls. Sadly, there’s no earphone jack.

Most exciting bit about this phone could easily be the front facing camera that zooms up from the phone’s body and retracts away when not in use.

Pricing and Availability

Early reports place its price at about About 700 EUR. The Vivo Nex S is expected to go on sale sometime later this year. It is still unclear whether it will make its way to local shores but analysts are positive that this might very well be the case with this one.