Vivo Nex Dual-The dual screen phone from Vivo

With the launch of Vivo Nex Dual in China, Vivo seems to be in the mood of innovating and trying out new things.

Vivo Nex Dual has two displays, which is done to provide an all screen experience with no notch upfront.

This might seem interesting but dual screen phones have their own cons which I have mentioned in my attempts to make an all screen phone post. It is expected that they will not be the general trend for 2019.

Before getting into the spec sheet let us first know some of the interesting quirks and features of it.

Interesting Quirks & Features

in display fingerprint scanner working
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Since there are two screens, you might think the one with larger size is the primary one. But nope, Vivo has given you the option to use either of the display as the primary one. There are actually two power buttons, with one on either side. They have accurate placement and you will not feel any discomfort while unlocking the phone.

Even unlocking the phone is quite interesting. The biometric you use to unlock depends on the screen you are using. If you are using the larger one then you will have to use the in-display fingerprint scanner. The scanner is quite fast and accurate. While the smaller one has got the Facial recognition. It is the hardware-based facial recognition.

One cool little nifty trick is to jump between the two screens whenever you want. You will just have to hold both the power buttons simultaneously or swipe the screen with 3 fingers horizontally.

Other quirks include a dual earpiece and light sensors. Dual earpiece means you can switch between either screen while you are in a call. The two light sensors ensure you have the same experience on both the screens.

There is also one interesting feature which lets you switch to the other screen for social media apps while you are playing games.

Display

Both the displays are Full HD+ Super AMOLED panels. The larger one is 6.39inch with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and pixel density of 403ppi. The smaller one is a 5.49inch panel with an older aspect ratio of 16:9.

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
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It sports last year’s flagship processor which is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It is based on the 10nm process. The core setup includes 4 powerful Kryo 385 cores clocked at 2.7Ghz and the other 4 power efficient cores are clocked at 1.7Ghz. On the GPU side, we have the Adreno 630.

RAM & Storage

It boasts a whopping 10GB RAM with storage of 128GB. Though it has a con that it doesn’t sport a microSD card slot.

Camera

There is a triple camera setup on this phone. The primary is an f/1.8 12MP lens. The sensor and pixel sizes are 1/2.55″ & 1.4µm respectively. It also supports OIS.

It also has an f/1.8 2MP depth sensor and also an f/1.3 Time on Flight camera.

Recording both 4K and 1080p videos are capped at 30fps.

Battery & Speakers

It houses a 3500mAh battery which I feel is not enough for a dual screen phone. It also supports fast charging and comes with a 22.5W charger in the box.

The speakers deserve a special mention as they are adequately loud and can be compared to flagship grade speaker. It also has a dedicated mic with active noise cancellation.

I am glad to say it also sports the 3.5mm headphone jack which has a pretty decent output.

Other features & Sensors

It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Dual-band Wi-Fi is also supported.

Bluetooth 5.0 devices are compatible with it.

It has support for GPS, BDS, GNSS.

It has a Type-C port with USB 2.0.

Sensors include accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and the in-display fingerprint sensor.

Software

It runs on the latest Android Pie with FunTouch OS 4.5. The FunTouch OS copies many of its features from iOS. I am not a fan of it.

Pricing

In China, it has a price tag of 4988 Yuan which converts to $725 or Rs 50000.

With all its offerings it seems a pretty interesting deal at the given price tag.