The most bezel-less phone in the world goes official: Manufacturers, take notes from the Vivo NEX


The quest for coming up with the ultimate bezel-less device has bore tons of fruit already. Devices like the iPhone X, Galaxy S9/S9+, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2/2s, Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, LG G7, and many, many others broke past the once unachievable screen-to-body ratio metric of over 80%, but it doesn't seem like this is enough. It would seem that neither the industry nor the enormous consumer base will be satisfied until we receive phone that are all-screen up front, usability be damned.

This is where the Vivo NEX comes in, a device that breaks all established notions when it comes to contemporary bezel-less design. Formerly known as the Vivo Apex, the device was actually showcased as a concept earlier this year at the MWC '18 trade show in Barcelona, but amidst warm reception the company decided that it will actually manufacture this handset, thank you very much. And we're sort of glad they did, as the Vivo NEX looks like quite promising.



With an alleged screen-to-body ratio of 91.24%, the highest we've see thus far, the Vivo NEX is a device with no display notch and merely a thin chin, as well as quite thin bezels on the sides. Dubbed Ultra FullView, the display is a ginormous 6.59-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED unit, and while this might sound like a a lot, the device is similar in overall size to a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - the Vivo NEX has dimension of 162×77×7.98mm and a total weight of 199gr.

But what about the front-facing camera, proximity sensors, and earpiece? Where did Vivo put these? For one, the 8MP f/2.0 front camera is placed onto an elevating mechanism that pops up when needed; sounds reverbates through the screen itself thanks to Vivo's so-called Screen SoundCasting Technology, which is most probably utilizing a piezoelectric technology at its core, similarly to what Xiaomi did with the first Mi Mix but later backtracked. 


Additionally, the Vivo NEX uses an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is not the first the company has dabbed on with the futuristic technology: it's little-known X20UD and X21 devices already boasted in-display fingerprint scanners. Other local manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei are also using the in-display fingerprint scanning technology on their latest high-end devices, but we are yet to see it present on a widely-available device, even moreso on one that could be bought in the US of A.

As far as performance goes, the NEX is a right proper flagship device, boasting a Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of native storage, and a hefty 4,000mAh battery. Photography has not been overlooked - a 12MP f/1.8 main and 5MP f/2.4 depth-sensing cameras could be found at the rear of the Vivo NEX. AI is also a part of the package, with features like AI Scene Recognition, AI HDR, AI Filters and AI Photo Composition. Android 8.1 running beneath Vivo's own Funtouch OS 4.0 is what's powering the Vivo NEX.


As a sign of the times, the Vivo NEX also has its own AI-powered smart assistant, called Jovi, which could be invoked with the help of a dedicated button on the side of the phone. Jovi could be used to launch apps, recognize voice commands, and tell users more about what's on the screen. You know, the whole nine yards.

Now, as far as price and availability are concerned, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the phone will only be available in China.  


source: Vivo

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63 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1866; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I admit it, this is how a nex-gen phone should look like. But I just hate those Chinese-style misleading pictures that hide the chin. Not one full-frontal picture !

7. RevolutionA

Posts: 392; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

iPhone X does that better. Probably it's the only smartphone next to this having least bezel

12. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

What are you talking about. The s9+ has more screen to body then the X. X 81.43 S9+ 84.2

18. civicsr2cool

Posts: 267; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

the topic is chin, not percentage of screen to body. Edge display is unfair to compare.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well I was talking to you so go away.

54. RevolutionA

Posts: 392; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

To do what? Nobody uses that edge. Design like in iPhone X is much useful than those gimmicky edges. At one point Sammy's gonna copy also the great stuff my iPhone X

14. joeyroc219

Posts: 15; Member since: May 05, 2015

By looking at your picture, you're obviously a member of the iSheep herd. Take your biased comments elsewhere.

45. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

You're obviously infuriated and upset at his comments LMFAO.,

29. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sheep will be Sheep!

59. Phullofphil

Posts: 1763; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Sounds like any body that uses the sheep term are sheep to a different company.

64. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

And crap will be crap, but you keep escaping the toilet

31. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1390; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It doesn't do anything better, it has bigger bezels all around and a big ass notch too. It's a terrible design.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nope. It has a lower screen to body ratio than any of Samsung's current flagships, and has an even lower usable screen when you subtract the horns.

57. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You do realize that the Essential phone has just a small cutout right in the middle and nobody gives these guys any credit. The Essential phone is a real phone you can buy right now and not for a lot of money that's the most bezel-less option we have available. I for one don't care about this disappearing bezel trend.

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Samsung pales in comparison to this awesome innovative phone. This has all the next gen features, hope Samsung copies all of them in their S10 phone next year....lol

38. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Which means the iPhone isn't even a blip on this phones radar, since the iPhone pakes in comparison to the S9 and Note 8.

60. Phullofphil

Posts: 1763; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You sound like a wwe wrestler talking crap about another dude. No substance

2. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I want one now!

3. CEDEOTB

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Bezel less and 4000mah battery?! This will be great.

15. dimas

Posts: 3348; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Cross your fingers that they used the top-quality amoled batch. Vivo nex might have better battery life than oneplus 6 and asus rog phone.

51. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Salute that they don't go cheap with LCD.

4. Stormrider

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

"We just made the world's first truly bezeless smartphone, but we still have to imitate the iPhone X's frame and camera cutout... can't help it, sorry"

6. andrewc31394

Posts: 292; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

how did they imitate anyone's cutout? there literally is NO cutout, it just pops out of the top. go be a fanboy on another website

33. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Rear camera, bruh.

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 571; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Tbh, any camera setup on the rear is going to be seen as a copy of another device. Vertical in the corner copies iPhone X, horizontal in the corner copies iPhone 8 Plus, horizontal in the center copies Galaxy Note 8/LG G7 ThinQ, vertical in the center copies OP6. Unless a manufacturer places the cameras in two different locations, it's always going to be copying somebody else

39. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Is there anything in this world that you don't believe we stolen from Apple? Just curious.

46. Stormrider

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

I've been using Sony phones since forever, never had an iPhone. I'm just laying forth the facts; lots of manufacturers copy Apple's design, and everyone is fond of the shape of the X's camera for some reason. Vivo has done something remarkable here, they could've had a unique design, along with what they achieved.

61. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

You are actually accusing Vivo of "copying iphone x's frame". That is ridiculous.

49. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

"Is there anything in this world that you don't believe we stolen from Apple? Just curious." Yes, of course. 91.24% screen-to-body ratio without ugly notch, 4000 mah battery, Fast charging, Under the display fingerprint scanner, Pop-up selfi camera tech.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The baddest and the best looking phone in the industry. sadly it'll be China exclusive.

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