A rapidly growing tech-forward company, Vivo carries out extensive research and development in centers in the US and China, and has created many trendsetting smartphone innovations (It has been doing so quietly for the past decade in case you haven’t noticed, folks).
The most prominent of its ground-breaking features is its two-faced nature. Don’t worry – these screens have been tempered to ensure durability on both sides (you may say that you don’t need it, but your cracked screen disagrees).
To further safeguard this futuristic gadget, you can snap a Polycarbonate and Liquid Silicone Mould protective bumper case on it, which we happily found inside Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition’s futuristic box alongside its unique fast charger and 3.5mm headphone jack (praise be, longevity of headphone jack).
The front Ultra FullView Display is pretty huge with no notch – an impressive 6.39 inches wide – while the rear screen is 5.49 inches. Both are Super AMOLED screens. Driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, this lightweight device comes with an impressive 10GB RAM and 128GB ROM. Can we focus on this again — that’s 10GB of RAM, it’s juicing multitasking features on steroids.
Yours and yours alone, Vivo’s flagship, the NEX Dual Display Edition recognizes faces with its 3D technology and can also be unlocked via its fingerprint scanner, which is the fifth generation of this technological development and can unlock within 0.29 seconds — say goodbye to faceplanting your screen in the dark.
We particularly enjoyed the interactive Lunar Ring, a unique feature that flashes different patterns to alert you of incoming calls, messages, and other app notifications. No more excuses for not seeing those missed calls and messages, amirite? The Lunar Ring is also a basic ring flash – a frontal light that many professional photographers equip their cameras with to make portraits look great. Conventional flash is available too.
Another fun and futuristic capability of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition we were impressed by is its triple camera. Consisting of a 12MP Dual-Pixel main camera featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor and 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilizer); a specialized Night Video Camera; and an innovative Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Camera. If they say a picture is worth a thousand words, we give three thousand words below.
Shots on the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition here are able to capture details effectively, as well as balance the underexposed and overexposed areas seamlessly.
Its intuitive Night Mode lets us capture decent scenery photos, while we had a lot of fun with its Mirror Mode and Pose Director. Mirror Mode lets you see and adjust yourself as the photographer takes a photo or video of you, while Pose Director suggests fun posing moves for the subject and director. The TOF camera enables an AR ruler, which lets you measure physical distances virtually — no room for measuring tape in your pocket? Not a problem.
A step up from AI beauty capabilities, this phone’s 3D face and body recognition technology also allows you to edit the physical proportions of persons in photos. Besides allowing subjects to see themselves while having their photos or videos taken, the dual displays also allow the user to continue running applications on one screen while using others, rather than closing or minimizing the former app.
Let’s talk about gaming because some of you, let’s be honest — we still spare a few hours for recreational gaming. We liked the new experience of mobile gaming with virtual buttons on both surfaces of the phone. The smartphone’s Game Mode takes the mobile gaming experience up a notch, allowing avid gamers the ability to move gaming controls to the rear screen, then toggle the Vivo NEX Dual Display as if it had the L2 and R2 triggers of a Playstation controller, a function that no other phone currently has.
A cool device that looks distinct and functions very differently from other smartphones, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition just might spell the beginning of new trends in mobile technology. It is available at $1,099 (without contract) in Polar Blue through telcos M1, Singtel, and StarHub, and authorized dealers including Challenger.