- Shooting your selfies with the main camera makes for some of the best selfies in the industry.
- Good overall camera quality marred only by the occasional bugs in exposure metering.
- Battery life is very good and vivo's 22.5W charging standard makes for snappy top-ups.
- Both displays are great in quality.
- Snappy and accurate under display fingerprint reader.
- Unique look and amazing build quality.
- The secondary 2MP doesn't have a clear purpose, while the 3D TOF camera sees very little action.
- FuntouchOS has an unorthodox UI design, it's not organized well and the Google Services integration seems as an afterthought.
- The combination of the two screens hasn't enabled any interesting new features.
- Most apps have black bars on the rear screen as they use the aspect ratio of the front screen.
- Both sides use different unlock methods, which is confusing.
hey what’s up guys, throughout the past year vivo has been thinking outside of the box to deliver an edge-to-edge smartphone display, having two screens on a phone is the latest solution to the problem, we are nasphones.com and this is the vivo NEX Dual Display edition review .
the design of this phone is what you’d expect from a modern flagship, gorilla glass on the front and back, with an aluminum frame, but this one has a twist, almost the whole back panel is put to use as a full-fledged AMOLED display .
it might seem a bit strange but vivo has done it for a good reason, on this phone you can use the rear camera as a selfie cam as well which frees up the front for nothing but screen, no notch needed .
the backside of the vivo NEX Dual Display looks unlike any other phone on the market, the presence of a screen means that you don’t get an eye-catching glossy finish but vivo has made an interesting spectacle out of the round camera bump, which actually extends down into the screen you do see through it but it’s definitely noticeable .
the edge of the circle can light up in different colors, thanks to an LED strip on the top, and software animation on the bottom half, it can glow for different functions like the selfie portrait mode or when you receive a notification .
there isn’t a notification LED on the front side but both of the screens can enable an always-on display, so you always know when to check your phone .
let’s talk about the screens themselves both are Samsung Super AMOLED with 1080p resolution, though the front one is bigger and taller, is 6.4 inches with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, content is sharp, and being an AMOLED blacks look super deep .
the screen on the back is 5.5 inches, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, quality wise it seems basically identical to the front one, but there are software issues here, a lot of the apps and content you see on the rear one will be squeezed into the narrower aspect ratio of the front screen, leaving black bars on either side .
overall this really limits the usability of the rear display even though you get all of your apps here you can’t use them fullscreen, I hope that a future software update could fix this problem .
maximum brightness on both panels is decent, though not as bright as on a samsung, regardless someone legibility on either screen is quite good, neither screen is very color accurate but it’s worth noting that when you change display settings on one side it will affect, the other as well, even the wallpaper is the same .
it’s strange that these two are so closely linked, as in general only one can be on at a time, the only dual screen function was for the camera, which gives viewfinder feedback to the subject of your photo at least switching from screen to screen is easy, just flip the phone and use the corresponding power button, but using biometrics to unlock can be a bit tricky .
the under display fingerprint reader on the front is nice and accurate, but on the back you don’t have one, instead there you need to use the camera for face unlock, this one is fast too, but personally I prefer the main screen, so I’m mostly stuck to the fingerprints .
one thing to keep in mind on the dual display is that you actually have to care about the backside of the phone, setting it down on a table gets a bit scary if there’s an AMOLED panel involved, there is an included rubber bumper case which lifts the phone and add some cushion it still leaves the rear panel exposed to scratches in your pocket annalisa provides some much-needed grip.
for audio the vivo NEX Dual Display has a single bottom firing speaker it’s loud and sounds clear but not terribly impressive, although there is a USBC port at the bottom, you won’t need a dongle on this phone for headphones, there’s a 3.5 millimeter audio jack up at the top, quality here is decent with above-average loudness .
storage on the vivo NEX Dual Display isn’t expandable through microSD, though the card slot does support to nano sense but there are 128 gigs of memory built in as standard which should last quite a while .
let’s get into the interface is vivos fun touch OS 4.5 over the latest Android 9pi, fun touch is one of the wackier Android skins out there, borrowing some features from Apple’s iOS, for example quick toggles are part of a control center, that slides out from the bottom of the UI, instead of a shade at the top that you’d expect .
and like we’ve seen before from VEVO you can opt to use iOS like gestures to navigate through the interface, unlike the Nexus this time around vivo has put some extra effort into its international version, the dual display we received has Google Play services out of the box .
we are kind of disappointed that there aren’t more features specifically tailored to the second screen, all of the icons are the same as the front, you don’t even get a second space and as we mentioned before there are issues with a pillarboxing on most apps .
inside the vivo NEX Dual Display flagship level Hardware, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, along with a whopping 10 gigs of ram, performance and benchmarks is excellent, even chart-topping .
however this high performance level is short-lived, as the phone will soon heat up and throttle under heavy strain, in real-world use this isn’t really noticeable though, I ran through a few games and everything feels great, there is talk of being able to use the rear screens touch input as a game controller, but it doesn’t seem to be supported yet maybe in future titles .
there’s a thirty-five hundred million power battery and charger powering up these two screens, they’re rarely both on at the same time, so they don’t seem to affect performance too much, the vivo NEX Dual Display earned an endurance rating of 81 hours in our proprietary tests, not bad .
charging is pretty fast, thanks to the 22.5 watt fast charger, it’s the same as the one bundled with the vivo XS, and with it we were able to get from 0 to 55% charge in half an hour .
the vivo NEX Dual Display has a 12 megapixel F1.8 main camera, which doubles as a selfie shooter, it has four access OIS and face detection autofocus, it’s paired with a 2 megapixel depth sensor which people claims also helps in low-light situations, and there’s a 3d time-of-flight camera added to the mix for accurate facial mapping .
the main cam is actually the same as on the NEX S, and just like before daylight shots have plenty of detail, but this time around the processing is more laid-back, with a more natural rendition in much less noise .
we did have issues with the HDR in auto mode is inconsistent and even if you force it on it tends to increase the overall exposure of the shot, resulting in clipped highlights, use it at your own risk .
even without HDR the metering seems to be off from time to time, so you could end up with an overexposed photo, this could be down to a bug in the software, in portrait mode you’d think that the vivo NEX Dual Display would feature top-notch edge detection, thanks to having both a secondary depth sensor and the tof camera, but sadly it doesn’t seem to be the case, the bokeh effect looks good, but the subject detection is actually rather poor .
the Vivo NEX Dual Display Beauty mode is quite intensive, with sliders for every aspect of the subjects body and face, in selfie mode this is limited to only face Corrections .
let’s talk about the selfies themselves, since you’re snapping them with the main camera you get the full quality of the rear setup as well as face detection autofocus, as expected they look great with the same quality as regular photos, of course you occasionally get sudden changes in exposure here as well .
the vivo NEX Dual Display also features two fill flashes hidden at the left and right edges of the camera bump, it provides some soft lighting for your face, which helps in harsh light conditions .
overall photo quality at night is okay, it doesn’t compete with other flagships but you get usable quality in the dark, the biggest downside is that shots are quite noisy we didn’t notice, any benefit from the secondary camera, despite the claims from vivo .
the vivo NEX dual display has a dedicated video UI, with its own viewfinder an extensive resolution and frame rate controls, you can even enable the same beauty mode that you have with still pictures, impressive but it can be hit or miss .
4k video as 60fps looks great with good detail and sharpness, and nice colors, there’s four X’s optical stabilization too, which works across all resolutions, it doesn’t do the best job as it leaves behind a vibration which almost looks like focus hunting .
going back to vivos claims of low-light improvements from the second camera, we didn’t notice any extra brightness or detail than you would expect, covering up the 2 megapixel camera didn’t seem to have any effect either, so we don’t have any evidence to back up those claims .
so that’s the vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, it brings you flagship level specs to sharp AMOLED screens and perhaps the best selfies in the business, but does the innovation actually make this a better product overall, I actually found the dual screen design to be a bit confusing what should be the main attraction .
the large bezel is screen actually gets upstaged by the smaller one on the back with its shiny lights and integrated camera pop, this wouldn’t be a problem if the rear screen was actually useful but for now it doesn’t provide anything you couldn’t get from the front, besides being a selfie viewfinder .
Minto vivo does something about these software and have compatibility issues, using this side for your daily driver as a no-go, don’t get me wrong, I applaud vivo for stepping outside of the box, and we should encourage innovation for manufacturers, but if I were looking to buy a phone with this sort of design I would wait for them to iron out the kinks first .
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Specification: vivo NEX Dual Display
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
CDMA 800, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 19(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, December
157.2 x 75.3 x 8.1 mm (6.19 x 2.96 x 0.32 in)
199 g (7.02 oz)
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~84.7% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
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Secondary display (on the back): Super AMOLED, 5.49 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels
Android 9.0 (Pie); Funtouch 4.5
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
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128 GB, 10 GB RAM
12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF, 2 MP, f/1.8, depth sensor, TOF camera, f/1.3, Triple
Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
No – uses main camera
32-bit/192kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, BDS, GNSS
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Fast battery charging 10V/2.25A 22.5W, Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
About 700 EUR