Sunday, January 23, 2022

Vivo Nex 3 is a wild 5G phone with a Waterfall Display and a 64MP camera

NO physical Volume, Power buttons

There was a time less than a year ago when smartphones had gotten boring. Everything seemed the same, and there was nothing exciting. One can argue that that is still the case today, but there are companies that are really pushing new stuff.

There’s a lot of exciting stuff: Xiaomi just announced a 30W wireless charger, the new Samsung NOTE supports 45W wired charging, the new iPhone 11 Pro cameras are stunning, the Google Pixel 4 will pack a RADAR chip, and have a triple camera setup for the first time, plus Huawei’s upcoming MATE 3 will be free of Google apps but with a SoC with 5G built in.

As companies race to launch exciting tech, Vivo is out to push the limits of design with their new 5G smartphone; the Vivo Nex 3.

It is a stunning display to look at – and Vivo chose a nice name for it. Waterfall display.

The crazy thing is there’s no physical Volume and Power buttons on the sides. Why? Because when the side is extremely curved like so, a workaround like pressure-sensitive haptic buttons is what can work.

There’s a triple camera setup with a 64MP main sensor. 64MP! I remember many years ago when Nokia Lumia shipped a 41MP camera and people’s minds were blown! The level of detail in the shots taken by this 64MP sensor must be crazy.

The huge 6.89 inch FHD display is crazy. A couple of years ago a 7 inch device with bezels would be a huge tablet. Vivo’s 99.6% screen-to-body ratio is mad! You’re literally touching an all-display smartphone if you’re to pick up one of these.

This is a flagship phone by all means: there’s a Snapdragon 855+ chip, 8GB or 12GB RAM, and 256GB internal storage. There’s a 4500mAh battery with support for 44W fast charging (included in the box). The cheapest model (8GB RAM, 4G networks) starts at ~ $707.

I am constantly amazed when I think of where phones were a few years ago, and where we are now. The future must be very crazy, I can’t wait.


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