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Vivo NEX S: the future is here with this 6.59-inch ultra fullview display and an elevating selfie camera


Vivo NEX S redefines what we know about the smartphone camera industry, where substance and style mix together beautifully.

The closest smartphone that comes to our mind to compare with the NEX S, is the X21 UD (Under Display) which has the following specs:

  • 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • FullView display
  • Fingerprint under-display sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.5", 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5MP (f/2.4 aperture), phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 12MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2018 release date
  • 3,598 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 569 price tag

The Chinese manufacturer introduces a new way of unlocking the smartphone, as simple as putting your finger on the screen. The sensor is touted to detect fingerprint in a few milliseconds and can work under layers up to 1.5mm thick, including a screen protector. It finishes off strongly with its large 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, Fullview display, good mid-range performance with 6GB RAM, large 128GB internal storage and the latest Android Oreo 8.1.

Fast forward to today, the NEX S carries on with its own innovation.

Let’s take a closer look then at what it has to offer:

  • 6.59-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2316 pixels, 19.3:9 aspect ratio or ~388 ppi density)
  • Ultra FullView display
  • Fingerprint under-display sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 graphics and 8GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.5", 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS and dual pixel PDAF + 5MP f/2.4 aperture, depth sensor, dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR and panorama
  • Elevating 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2018 release date
  • 4,498 Chinese Yuan or ~$649 US Dollar for 128GB internal storage and 4,998 Chinese Yuan or ~$719 US Dollar for 256GB internal storage

One look at the NEX S, and you will start to fall in love with it. It has an amazingly good look, and the 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display is dedicated to maximum visual impact. Thanks to the 19.3:9 aspect ratio, it has the size like any other 5.68-inch phone. This is where the Ultra Fullview display shines. Coupled with the fingerprint sensor that is hidden underneath the display, this is what gives this smartphone its sleek, futuristic look.

When it comes to performance, the NEX S ranks way up there in the charts. Top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with a blazingly fast Octa-core processor, great Adreno 630 graphics, and 8GB RAM. There won’t be anything that can slow down this beast.

The camera side of things on the NEX S, is where it sets itself apart from its competition. Blessed with a very powerful dual 12MP+5MP primary camera that is loaded with all the features and functions that is truly useful. A new generation Sony IMX363 lens (6P with sapphire crystal surface), 12MP Dual-Pixel focusing, 1.4μm super large pixel sensors, f/1.8 large aperture, 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS) and the industry leading super powerful Adreno 630 GPU. Regardless of your surroundings – no matter how dark, or fleeting the moment – outstanding photos await.

The most amazing part is on the 8MP selfie camera that elevates itself in just 1 second when taking selfies, then retracts automatically when you are done. Thanks to a new microdrive system that includes a highly sophisticated micro-stepping motor, an independent driver IC and a precision control algorithm - the camera moves like magic; blending seamless aesthetics with clockwork precision.

Take note that the NEX S does not have an expansion slot, but even the 128GB internal storage should be more than enough. Thankfully we have cloud storage and USB on-the-go should you need more space.

With the 4000 mAh battery supplying the necessary juice to the NEX S, there shouldn’t be any problem to power up the smartphone for at least a day or two.


Vivo NEX S offers a touch of class wrapped in a beautiful body and performs like a beast of a smartphone. The fingerprint under-display, amazing Ultra FullView display, high-end hardware, great dual 12MP+5MP primary camera, the elevated 8MP selfie camera and 4000 mAh battery are some of the highlights of the show.

Vivo NEX S is currently available for 4,498 Chinese Yuan or ~$649 US Dollar for the 128GB internal storage variant and 4,998 Chinese Yuan or ~$719 US Dollar for the 256GB internal storage variant. You get to choose either Black or Red colour.

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