See how the Vivo NEX pop-up selfie camera works on the inside

See how the Vivo NEX pop-up selfie camera works on the inside
The Vivo NEX has one of the most staggering smartphone designs ever. It's as close to bezel-less as we've ever gotten, and aside from a minimal frame that's slightly thicker at the bottom, the Vivo NEX is pretty much one big screen. To achieve this, the company employed glass-vibrating technology that basically turns the screen into an earpiece, and hid away the front-facing camera, so there's no need for a top bezel (or a notch) to house them.

If you haven't yet seen the NEX and are wondering where the selfie cam is, it is built into an element that pops out of the top of the phone on demand. It looks seriously cool and is one of the better ways we currently know of for eliminating the top bezel, but the main concern with this approach is obviously the longevity of the mechanism responsible for lowering and raising the camera.

Vivo says the NEX camera is rated for 50,000 actuations and can withstand up to 45 kg without breaking. For reference, the shutters on most DSLR cameras are rated at 100,000 to 150,000 actuations, so Vivo's numbers are not bad, and if the mechanism is well-engineered, it could withstand more. Of course, the question of how external damage to the phone – say, dropping it while taking a selfie – would affect the camera, still stands.

But all potential issues aside, it's still intriguing to see how the pop-up camera works on the inside, and thanks to MyFixGuide's teardown of the Vivo Nex, we can now do just that.

Another phone over from Asia that does something similar is the Oppo Find X, although it has a bigger mechanised camera that houses both the front- and rear-facing modules. We'd definitely love to see how it works from the inside as well, as it is a similar concept, but a different execution.

So, would you buy an all-screen phone with a mechanical camera, or are you a stickler for traditional, solid-state sturdiness? Tell us in the comments below!

source: MyFixGuide via DroidLife



1. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Nice, but I can't see any possibility of liquid protection with such a mechanism.

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I can honestly say that for years I had waterproof phones and never encountered a situation where my phone was exposed to a sufficient amount of water to warrant the addition of it. My current phone I've used no different than those waterproof phones and it hasn't made any difference to me. So maybe it's not as waterproof, but I can't imagine it being much of an issue anyway. It's hard to tell from the images anyway, but maybe it does have some kind of seal around the area where it protrudes from the phone.

9. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Same here. It's a nice to have feature, but not really a necessity for me as well. I'm sure I'll drop my phone in a pool now.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The worst thing that happened to me concerning getting your phone wet: put my phone on the toilet tank and saw it slide into the toilet itself. Thank god it was before I did numero 1

16. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I've never got my phone wet either despite still using the xperia z3 since day one. Nice to have feature but inconsequential to my requirements of a phone.

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Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2019

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2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

50,000 actuations is pretty good. Hell I'd probably not even be up to 5,000 after 2 years of use. It's a pretty good solution for creating a near bezelless phone, much better than an unsightly notch.

4. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Agreed. You could actuate it 50 times a day and have it guaranteed to last almost 3 years. That's pretty great in my books.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's good enough for this phone, but still not good enough for Find X, since it open whenever you unlock phone, use front or back camera, and open locked apps/folder. (I don't even know if it have the same rating, lol)

10. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Agreed. No fingerprint sensor is a mistake. The camera mechanism is cool, but using it as the primary way to unlock the phone is a mistake.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Oppo Find X mechanism is rated for 3,00,000 actuations.

17. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I gotta think a moving mechanism each time u unlock has to unnecessarily drain battery as well. Yeah that phone needed a fps alternative badly imo.

5. shortkey

Posts: 54; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'd buy a camera-less phone if it was good enough otherwise. I don't take photos with my phone, and I've never used the front camera. They are both utterly useless to me.

6. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Personally I like the Sammy patent , remove the front camera for nearly edge to edge display and add rear display for taking selfies

11. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

That makes a lot of sense. Having a display on the back so I can frame the shot using the primary camera. front camera is a waste of money for me. Maybe use an e-ink display like the yotaphone on the back. since it is e-ink, you could display weather, news updated periodically with almost no battery drain.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Looks pretty decent really, though I think the ribbon cable will fall in time.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I take maybe 3-4 selfies a year, so this should last me for the rest of my life.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I would buy a phone with the pop up camera if the warranty on the mechanism was good. I don't really use my phone camera much anyway and I never us my front camera.

15. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

They managed to fit this mechanism, keep a headphone jack, and still have a 4000 mah battery?.. Now what was Apple's excuse for hp jack removal?

18. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

To save money for them and make it a pain in the a$$ for the buyers having to keep up with a adapter that they can now charge you for every time you have to buy a new one because you can find the one you had.

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Saving space excuse is BS. They just want to push wireless headphones.

21. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I'm using a blackberry keyone black edition and i bet it's the worst water tight phone, but i have never had any water damage related issues with it nor with my IP 68 rated Samsung Galaxy S8+ or a dozen of other phones i have owned. i believe it's time for the industry to move towards new designs and innovation, and after a while, perfect it with new technology.

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