Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes with two screens, no holes, no notches, no compromises

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes with two screens, no holes, no notches, no compromises
Vivo is just one of several fast-growing China-based smartphone vendors that have managed to attract a lot of attention on the Western Hemisphere with their technological innovations and forward-thinking flagship designs over the past year or so.

After commercially releasing the world’s first in-display fingerprint-scanning handset and turning the bonkers Apex concept into a pop-up camera-sporting reality, the eccentric company is making the aptly titled Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition official in China.

Right off the bat, you need to keep in mind the odds of seeing this launched stateside are pretty slim... to say the least. That’s unfortunate for folks interested in experimenting with yet another bezel-killing method.

Forget screen holes, notches, and yes, even pop-up or slide-out camera mechanisms. Just like the Nubia X (which you also can’t buy in the West), the Vivo NEX Dual Display comes with, well, dual displays. One measures a generous 6.39 inches in diagonal and looks like a largely conventional AMOLED affair with 2340 x 1080 resolution, while the other is mounted on the handset’s back to eliminate the need of a front-facing shooter.

The secondary AMOLED panel is significantly smaller, at 5.49 inches, sporting a slightly downgraded 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and rather thick bezels. Its “forehead” includes an eye-catching “Lunar Ring” that reportedly uses 16 small LEDs to illuminate and help beautify your self-portraits.


A primary 12MP camera is assisted by a modest-sounding 2MP lens for bokeh effects, while the third sensor leverages that groundbreaking Time of Flight 3D technology showcased back in June to give Apple a run for its money. This should be more advanced and accurate than the iPhone XS TrueDepth system for facial recognition, also supporting new and innovative augmented reality experiences.

Elsewhere, the second-generation Vivo NEX maintains and (hopefully) improves its predecessor’s in-display fingerprint sensor, while pairing a Snapdragon 845 processor with 10GB RAM on the same day that the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition was unveiled.

In addition to selfies, Vivo is highlighting enhanced gaming controls as a use case for the secondary display, as well as a very compelling scenario where the subject of a snapshot can see what the photographer is seeing before capturing a still. 

Priced at the rough equivalent of $725 in China, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition also comes with 128GB internal storage space, a 3,500 mAh battery, a headphone jack, and pre-installed Android 9.0 Pie software (with a proprietary skin on top).

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17 Comments

1. antmiu2

Posts: 548; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

I like this implementation better than a notch or a slider

11. monoke

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yep. It's logical really. Most oems are using glass front/back panel anyway. Just make the back a screen too. U benefit from a sharper camera, don't have to worry about adding extra cameras or placement... Most rarely take selfies/video calls, so turning the phone around is zero inconvenience. Add coating that makes the screen invisible when it's not used. Genius imo.

2. ishaqthkr

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Drop this phone and half my soul will be in 7th heaven

4. AbhiD

Posts: 498; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That's a problem even with devices that have glass back. No difference

3. KingSam

Posts: 1281; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

RIP battery life

5. AbhiD

Posts: 498; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

You think both displays will be on simultaneously all the time? LOL

6. Chris_ABN

Posts: 167; Member since: May 16, 2018

Expect 4hrs of battery life with dual displays and that 3,500 mAh battery. Maybe less.

9. maherk

Posts: 6522; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You do realize that when one display is switched on, the other will be automatically switched off?

16. LiveFaith

Posts: 324; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I don't think he/she does honestly.

7. I_have_boxes

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

I'm satisfied with my regular Nex S, but this is really cool and futuristic looking. And props for still keeping the headphone jack even with all that extra tech.

10. Poptart2828

Posts: 267; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Will sell my nex s and try this out. Fun times

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1412; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Pretty soon all phones will look the same in the front and back and only software will differentiate them. The age of cell phones is pretty much over. Was fun watching all of the different models over the years. You had a good run.

12. Sparkxster

Posts: 1076; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Vivo has been really impressing me lately with the nex line of phones. This looks so futuristic!!

13. monoke

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

OK just watched YouTube vids of this thing. It's genius man. More future proof than a freaking hole in the screen that's for sure. I do like this design better than the nubia x since it's a symmetrical design so it doesn't feel like ur holding the phone backwards. Only negative is they'll have to figure out how to put a bigger battery with dual screens taking space obviously.

14. osterrich21

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Chinese always forward

15. airypotty

Posts: 3; Member since: May 23, 2013

No compromises. Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos?

17. LiveFaith

Posts: 324; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Love this bezeless design. Finally. Notches and holes are sad. This is sweet. Now figure out how to do swappable batteries and make it all drop resistant and it would be awesome.

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