Smartphone brands are getting really creative in finding ways to achieve that all-screen design. This time, we’re seeing Vivo doing a different approach to get that goal.

The new Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is a more ludicrous version of the original NEX. Instead of using a mechanical implementation to hide the front camera, Vivo completely removes it for this latest device.


Instead, you’d be taking selfies with its primary camera on the back. And that’s the reason why there’s a secondary 5.49-inch FHD Super AMOLED screen on the back, with the standard 16:9 aspect ratio from the past.

Also, if you’re taking a picture of someone, the subject can see the photo before you take it — perfect for bloggers and Instagram influencers. The rear display can also act as extra control buttons for games and can display custom wallpapers for an extra aesthetic touch.

We actually already saw this implementation on the ZTE Nubia X.


Going back to the camera, what we have here is a 12-megapixel primary shooter with OIS and an a wide f/1.8 aperture, there’s also an extra 2-megapixel shooter, and a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor which is used for 3D mapping for the Face unlock — something that we also saw on the OPPO R17 Pro.

On the front, there’s a 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 91.64% screen-to-body ratio. It still runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, with an impressive 10GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

It runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 4.5, although its 3,500mAh battery is a little uninspiring.

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition

  • Android 9.0 Pie, FunTouch OS 4.5
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~403ppi
  • 91.63% screen-to-body ratio
  • 5.49-inch Super AMOLED rear display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~401
  • 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • 10GB RAM
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF, OIS) + 2-megapixel + ToF triple cameras, LED flash
  • 3D face unlock, In-display fingerprint scanner
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 157.2 x 75.3 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 199g
  • Colors: Nebula Purple, Polar Blue
  • 3,500mAh non-removable battery

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition has a price of CNY4,998 (~Php38,300) and will be available for pre-order in China starting December 29. It’s official pricing and availability outside its motherland are yet to be announced.

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