Vivo just launched their X21 in Malaysia last month. They are on a roll this year releasing one device after another. So what is next?
The NEX of course. The official FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 main sponsors launches another innovative flagship product to the Malaysian product. The Vivo Nex is technically the brand’s official device for the once in four years event as well. It is technically also Vivo’s most powerful device to date which also makes it Vivo’s most expensive device to date. How much? Keep reading, we are not done.
When we say that it is a flagship, it is not the same flagship as the X21 or the V9. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 System on a Chip (SoC) with Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE); the same processor that powers the ASUS ROG Phone that was launched in Taiwan’s Computex. It means business then.
Paired to 8GB of RAM and Adreno 630 it is made to handle everything and anything that you can throw at it, technically. Storage is ample with the 128GB built-in storage. No expansion slot though, which is a small bummer.
The Android 8.1 OS with Funtouch OS 4 is presented to you via an Ultra FullView 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display at Full HD+ (1,080 by 2,316) resolution. Yes, Ultra – meaning no weird notch or fringe on the top part of the display.
You do not even see an earpiece grille here or even fingerprint sensor. That is because it is fitted with the same in-display fingerprint technology that is taken and improved from the X21 device. To listen to phone calls, the device has something called the Screen SoundCasting technology. Like the Sony A1 television; it delivers sound via vibrations from the display itself – pretty cutting edge stuff here.
The lack of the notch also raises another issue – where do you put the front camera? And where does the sensors go? The answer; hidden.
The sensors now sit behind the display hidden away underneath the glass. That way they can truly stretch the display to the edge of the device itself. Its front camera is also hidden behind the display. It does appear though, like magic. Launch the camera app, switch it to front-facing camera mode and the 8-Megapixel module pops up to greet you.
Looks flimsy? Apparently they have tested the mechanism against 17kg of weight and it hasn’t broken yet. True? We do not know yet – wait until our review.
The cameras are made up of a 12-Megapixel and 5-Megapixel module combined to create stunning photos. That rear camera also has AI scene recognition thanks to its powerful SoC. Thanks to the Snapdragon also, the Vivo Nex has something called Jovi, Vivo’s very own personal assistant likened to the Google Assistant with its own dedicated button and everything.
Powering all that is a larger than even before 4,000mAh non-removable battery. There is no way you can spend all that power in a single day. If you do, it fast charges via a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the device.
The Vivo Nex flagship will be available in all Vivo’s authorised resellers and dealers 28th July, 2018 onward. You can get your hands on one via Senheng, Lazada, 11street, Shopee, and lmall too. The flagship will set you back MYR2,799. It is only available in one colour option though.
Source: Vivo Malaysia
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