So it was a haze morning with clouds all over the sky and we were thinking about the number of phones due to launch in September, and though we had rumors of Vivo launching their third-gen of the all-screen flagship goodness next month: the Vivo Nex 3, we didn’t really have much info on what would it be like except that it would run on a Snapdragon 855+ and that it would be 5G capable. Then we got a notification about a video dropped by one of our favorite content creators: Arun (aka MrWhoseTheBoss), and it was about the Nex 3. Minutes later, we had a source text us details on the phone’s internals, and then we had other tech portals speculating and guessing about the phone. How could we miss out? So here is our roundup of everything we know about the Vivo Nex 3 5G yet (huge thanks to Vivo & Arun). Also, we should add that all of the pictures you see in this post are from Arun’s hands-on video of the Nex 3 (which you should watch if you haven’t already).
Design & Build
If you didn’t already know, the ‘Nex’ series of phones have carried this cuboidal curved glass-sandwich build with the screen dominating the front, and this one’s no exception. A bit curvier or the corners, the Nex 3 carries the same all-screen front (we’re said the screen-to-body ratio is upwards of 96%) and a clean rear with a circular camera housing, similar to the one we’re expecting on the OnePlus 7T. The selfie camera resides in a pop-up mechanism on the top. Apart from that, we’re tipped that both the front and the rear of the phone are secured with Gorilla Glass 5, though we’re expecting to see the newer Gorilla Glass 6. There are rumors of Vivo introducing some vibrant gradient paint jobs on the Nex 3.
Talking about the design, this phone looks distinctively different from the previous Nex phones though, thanks in large to the tall display that melts halfway down to the edges. Yes, there are phones with curved panels (looking at the Samsung flagships), but the degree and depth of these curves remind us of the Galaxy Note Edge for some reason. The display is called a ‘Waterfall display’ (for apparent reasons). This design is going to grab eyeballs because of those curves!
We got a bit carried away, but because the display curves are so deep, the phone has a rather flat rear glass, so that there’s something on the edges to hold on to. There’s in fact so narrow space on the edges to hold the phone’s body that Vivo has installed capacitive power and volume buttons (more on this in the Specs section below).
The bottom of the phone carries the USB-C port, a loudspeaker, a mic & the SIM slot. The top houses the 3.5mm headphone jack (yes), the selfie camera pop-up module, another mic, and a small physical power button (for backup we guess). The left edge of the phone is clean.
Specs & Features
Here’s the part of the post where our sources and guesses do the play. Starting from the internals, the phone is most probably running on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855+ & the X50 5G modem alongside up to 8 Gigs of RAM and 256 Gigs of storage. On the optics front, the rear of the phone (no pun intended) supposedly houses a triple-camera arrangement in a circular housing, the setup being a 64MP regular + 16MP telephoto + 12MP wide-angle. The flash sits below the circular housing. The selfie camera is said to be a 16MP wide-angle lens. There were rumors of there being 4 cameras, but many of our sources and the sneak-peak from Arun’s video only verify of the triple-camera setup. The pictures Arun clicked with the rear cameras seemed good and you should check his video out to see those shots.
The display is said to be a 2K OLED panel with the fingerprint sensor below it. All of this apparently powered by a huge 6400mAh cell with support for 120W fast (should we call ultra fast) charging. Vivo announced the 120W charging tech at MWC Shanghai earlier this year. Apart from the display, we’ll take the other two rumors with a (big) pinch of salt (and pepper), because from what we heard from a source a week ago, the 120W charging tech is still not a-hundred-percent perfect and is undergoing the middle phase of internal testing. Our guess would be 44W fast charging. Let’s hope they manage to get the 120W charging tech on the phone, that would be par awesome, while keeping those expectations really really low, because, you know, expectations hurt. Life lesson, kids.
What else? Apart from this, there is support for 5G, and though we don’t know if there’s going to be a non-5G variant, we can bet on the 5G variant (because someone has got it already). Oh, and yes, Vivo installed 3 capacitive buttons on the right side of the phone: a power button between the volume buttons. These are thin capacitive touch areas that respond to touch with haptic/vibration feedback. Capacitive touch panels are obviously thinner and take less space than mechanical buttons, so this move seems more like a necessity than an option, thanks to the deep display curves.
Launch & Pricing
The Nex 3 is most probably launching in September, possibly towards the end of the month. While we await the official announcement (probably coming during IFA Berlin next week), we’re almost sure about it as we have been hearing this from reliable sources from China. Vivo is also launching the V17 Pro and the Z1x in September.
There’s literally no inputs on the pricing yet, but we’ll put our rough guesses at around $1,000 US (~ CNY 7,000 / INR 70,000 / GBP 800)for the base 5G model, though couple-hundred bucks more won’t be surprising. Stay tuned, we shall update this post as we know more.