Vivo announces Nex 3 5G with ‘waterfall’ curved screen

The vivo NEX 3 is finally official. It comes with 5G, becoming the first non-gaming flagship with next-gen connectivity capabilities.

The phone also brings three cameras, with the main one being 64 MP, effectively becoming the first flagship with the new Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. There are also a 13 MP wide-angle shooter and 13 MP telephoto camera.

The 6.89-inch 1080p screen’s curvature is so extreme that there’s no room for buttons on the side of the phone. Instead, Vivo is adding virtual buttons called Touch Sense that work alongside a haptic feedback system, similar to the port-less and button-less Apex 2019 concept phone we saw earlier this year.

The Nex 3 isn’t quite as futuristic as that device, but it’s still about as technically advanced as Android phones get today. Vivo is releasing 4G and 5G versions, both of which run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and have a vapor chamber cooling system. The battery capacity is 4,500mAh and supports Super FlashCharge 44W fast charging. As with pretty much every Vivo phone these days, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor.

On the inside, the phone is pretty impressive as well. It comes with either 8 or 12 GB RAM, while the storage is 256 GB. The chipset is a Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is hardly a surprise since the official social media channels already teased the feature. Another new-but-not-really-new feature is the battery capacity 4,500 mAh with 44W fast-charging, which was already announced with the vivo iQOO Pro.

Vivo hasn’t yet provided pricing or release information for the Nex 3, only saying that it will be “available in the coming months in Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and other markets.” We’re looking forward to seeing the Nex 3 for ourselves soon both previous Nex phones have been nothing if not ambitious, and the latest entry is very much in that spirit.

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