vivoNEXS Review

Introduction, unboxing

The rather unaffectionately named “piece” layout has been, more or less, a staple of the mobile phone world for plenty of years now. Admittedly, it has ended up being a little boring for numerous customers. Nevertheless, we can not, wholeheartedly describe it as stagnant or stationary. On the other hand. The typical bar phone from a few years back is greatly different from existing designs. Past curved panels and also rounded edges, the basic growth course is rather clear – all display as well as no bezels.

vivo NEX S specifications

Like the APEX, the NEX S really weds many intriguing technical solutions. All display and also no chin type of demanded the appealing motorized, periscope selfie electronic camera design. A function that has already end up being the main attraction of the NEX family. It’s even taking the spotlight from the stunning Samsung-made Super AMOLED display in addition to the fingerprint viewers hiding below it – all interesting attributes on their own.

In our mind, one of the most outstanding element of the NEX S is that it even exists in the first place. In one excellent swoop, vivo handled to take what was originally showcased as a tech principle as well as really gloss and also push it to an end-user release. Honestly, a step that took a lot of the market by shock certainly elevated the collective bar, in more methods than one.

As such, the vivo NEX S is a vital and also significant tool. It will certainly decrease as a landmark in mobile phone history. However, does that make it any good as a real day-to-day vehicle driver? One, usable as well as dependable sufficient to purchase and also have at hand? Join us on the following web pages as we try as well as look past the fancy outside to learn.


Vivo is among the suppliers that still rely on a great discussion, as a solid first impression for a product. We can not specifically claim we completely agree with that logic, considering that a box is a box and also spending much more on one, doesn’t truly make much sense. Still, it is sort of suitable to do something showy for a device as famous as the NEX S.

Package is an extremely thick and also hefty, two-piece event in all black, complete with a stylish printed shape of the phone on the front. A FIFA Globe Cup 2018 logo design is stamped on the top of the box. Besides, there is no harm in advising us that vivo is the main smart device sponsor of the most extensively viewed sporting occasion on the planet.

Inside the box – even more thick cardboard and also strong plastic cradles. No cost saved. The accessory bundle is impressively abundant as well. It consists of a remarkably slim wall surface charger, ranked for a strong 22.5 W outcome. This appears to go beyond the Quick Fee 3.0 common, covered at 18W. Maybe some kind of Power Distribution application, which does make good sense, because the Snapdragon 845, works with Quick Cost 4+ as well as consequently as much as 27W through the Power Shipment spec. All the same, you must hang on to the charger, simply in case there is something exclusive about the technology. Plus, it’s actually compact.

Besides the brick itself, you obtain a wonderful, thick USB Type-A to Type-C cable. Also, a pair of white vivo earbuds. In fact, it’s a wired hands-free collection, since it does include a microphone. Last, however not least, vivo tossed an extremely nice soft instance right into the box. As well as it’s not your criterion, clear TPU affair. It is constructed from thicker and truly nice-feeling rubber, total with an interior plastic covering, that is enhanced around the sides, for better defense and after that thinner around the sides, for a simpler hold.


The vivo NEX S is, undoubtedly, pictured as well as created as a supreme flagship offer. Because of this, it regulates a front runner cost, somewhere in the CNY 4,498 ($700) ballpark for the base 8GB/128GB variation and also CNY 4,998 ($780) for the decked-out 8GB/256GB design we obtained. That, properly, places it right in the center of the 2018 flagship crowd. You can discover more expensive rivals around, as well as a few significantly less costly offers like the OnePlus 6.

That being stated, the NEX S was never ever indicated to mesmerize as a great value deal. The NEX A could have a far better opportunity in that regard. However at the end of the day, the NEX family members represents the ambitious APEX idea, making it to the end-user market, in spite of all chances. As such, we can’t actually pick out any type of absolutely sensible rivals, that bring fairly the same level of hardware exhilaration to the table. Maybe, the Oppo Locate X, yet, since writing this evaluation, it hasn’t visited the office yet.

So, presuming that cash is no things, the initial as well as most likely closest different, that comes to mind is the Samsung Galaxy Note8. Its 6.3-inch, bent panel comes off as the closest point to get to the substantial 6.59-inch panel, on the NEX S. Just like any type of Galaxy Note, you do additionally get the included incentive of advanced efficiency functions and an S Pen, if you are into that kind of thing. Additionally, an IP68 ranking as well as cordless charging. No under-display finger print viewers, though there is an unique residence button, concealed under the Note8’s panel. Plus, a retina scanner, for included safety. Of course, the more conventional Galaxy S9+ deals, pretty much the very same plan, minus a little bit of display.

Much like vivo, Xiaomi did a little bit of screen shopping, from Samsung for the Super AMOLED system on the Mi 8. At 6.21-inches and complete with a notch, it’s not virtually as huge as the NEX S. Still, the Mi 8 has already written several checks, the majority of which, successfully cashed. Other than some thermal-throttling, we found it to be an overall superb device.

Our following rational phablet of selection has to be the significantly prominent Huawei P20 Pro. Choosing it, rather than the NEX S, implies you do need to cope with a smaller sized, 6.1-inch, notched panel. Still, it is likewise a crunchy and punchy AMOLED system. However probably the primary factor to choose the P20 Pro would be the beautiful three-way primary cam configuration. It’s technique to low-light hand-held digital photography and the matching outcomes are sort of revolutionary.

Continuing down the list of the impressive phablets with OLED screens, there is the LG V35 ThinQ. Basically, a refresh on the V30, this time around, complete with a Snapdragon 845. Very little else has altered in equipment, though, so you can additionally potentially conserve a couple of bucks and also opt for an older V-series also.


The vivo NEX S is nothing short of a huge tool. A keystone on the mobile phone design roadmap. In a sea of “slab” layout similarity, we truly wished to fall in love with vivo’s style principle, transformed mainstream. After spending quite a bit of time with it, we discover it noticeably polarizing.

From a totally hardware standpoint, there are just a few problems. The lack of an IP rating as well as wireless billing entered your mind. Also, the lack of a microSD card slot or NFC. A stereo arrangement would certainly have been significantly appreciated as well. Nevertheless, simply one consider that relatively unlimited 6.59-inch Super AMOLED panel and the majority of nitpicks seem to virtually fade away.



That being said, you need to only seriously think about the vivo NEX S, if you are willing to live with the regulated mayhem, that is Funtouch OS. It is filled to the brim with proprietary attributes. Yet most of these are so spread, that the overall photo often tends to obtain overwhelming. The Chinese ROM we examined, in particular, additionally does not win any added points for including a great deal of local bloat and also having large chunks of the UI and also experiences, like the new Jovi AI aide, entirely untranslated. Pile on vivo’s continued persistence on copying iOS design and also functional selections as well as integrating them in Android and you end up with an OS most customers will certainly need to constantly battle with, to make “typical”, familiar as well as useful.

Sadly, in its existing state, Funtouch OS will keep us from suggesting this tool. We can liken the experience to climbing up aboard a fancy, futuristic alien spacecraf, just to quickly discover your inability to run it correctly and likely quickly collapsing right into a tree.

Probably, after a couple of software program updates, or a proper international ROM release. Possibly, when a 2nd alteration occurs. One thing is without a doubt, the vivo NEX S could be initially in several respects, but it likely will not be the last.

  • Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • CDMA 800 / 1900 & TD-SCDMA
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2018, June
  • Status: Available. Released 2018, June
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 162 x 77 x 8 mm (6.38 x 3.03 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight: 199 g (7.02 oz)
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display
  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 6.59 inches, 107.3 cm2 (~86.0% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2316 pixels (~388 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • – Funtouch OS 4
  • Platform
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Adreno 630
  • Memory
  • Card slot: No
  • Internal: 128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Dual: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4m, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF
    5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Features: Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: Motorized pop-up 8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – 32-bit/192kHz audio
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Yes, with A-GPS, BDS, GNSS
  • Radio: No
  • 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – Fast battery charging 22W
    – MP4/H.264 player
    – MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
    – Document viewer
    – Photo/video editor
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Misc
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Price: About 700 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 4632 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 4167Basemark X: 43810
  • Display: Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.012 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 71dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 91dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -93.6dB / Crosstalk -93.8dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 101h
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