See how the Vivo NEX pop-up selfie camera works on the inside
by Milen Yanachkov / Jun 26, 2018, 4:16 AM
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.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
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!
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Nice, but I can't see any possibility of liquid protection with such a mechanism.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 4:27 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 4:42 AM 9
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posted on May 21, 2019, 3:26 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 4:30 AM 15
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 5:09 AM 5
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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)
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 7:32 AM 0
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Personally I like the Sammy patent , remove the front camera for nearly edge to edge display and add rear display for taking selfies
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 6:28 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 7:50 AM 1
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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?
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 9:38 AM 2
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 10:00 AM 4
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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.
posted on Jun 27, 2018, 12:55 AM 0
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