Vivo Nex Dual Screen Triple Camera Durability Test Remember that phone from last year with the motorized pop-up camera – the Vivo Nex S? Well Vivo is back at it again with another super innovative design, with both a screen on the front and back of their latest flagship. In the box comes with headphones, a charger, and a thick bumper case to protect the phone from drops. It’s time to see how much thought Vivo put into durability.
Let’s get started. [Intro] This is the second dual screen phone we’veseen. With the Nubia X, switching screens was acarefully calculated, simultaneous double button press. But with this Vivo phone, pressing one powerbutton on the right side of the phone will activate whatever side is facing you mucheasier.
It also has a 3 finger side swipe to switchbetween the screens on the go, which is as equally easy. So the whole point of a dual screen phoneis to one, look cool, but also to get rid of an notches or hole punches in the largerfront display. With an additional screen on the back, allselfies can be done with the higher quality rear main cameras, instead of having lowerquality front cameras taking up space inside of a notch.
The main camera on this phone has 3 LED lightsfor better lit pictures. Two of which can activate a circular lunarring for more even light during pictures or videos. You know, the same circular lights that YouTubersmight use during makeup tutorials. I’m going to leave the makeup tutorials tothe experts, but a ring light is definitely a cool addition to a cell phone camera. The included case has a solid fit.
I always have a case on my personal device,so I’m glad Vivo added some extra protection in the box. Speaking of protection, there is also an includedplastic screen protector on the front surface. The guys over at Vivo are getting all thebonus points today. As you know, with my systematic durabilitytest, we check the scratch resistance of the screen with Mohs scale of hardness.
It’s a pretty safe bet that if a company isn’tadvertising sapphire, it’s probably going to be tempered glass, which is where we startseeing faint scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7. Vivo was the first manufacturer to come outwith an under display fingerprint scanner, and the same technology is here in this phoneas well. Underneath the front screen, protected bythe front glass, the display
shines up onto your fingerprint. And the little sensor underneath the displaycan tell if it’s your finger or not so you can unlock the phone securely. With two screens, we need double the testingsince there’s twice as much real estate to cover. Let’s scratch test the back. Dbrand should start making clear skins forthese dual screen phones. This side as well is covered by a screen protector,which makes sense. Screen protectors not only stop scratches,but also add a
cushion layer of impact protection so brittle glass doesn’t shatter right awayduring a drop. This time after testing all the differentlevels, we still find tempered glass covering the back panel, resulting in scratches at6, with deeper grooves at a level 7. The rear design of the Vivo dual screen phoneis unique. Instead of a metal lip around the camera lens,the whole circular unit is glass and protrudes just slightly over the top of the rear glasspanel. With it’s own little screen protector, thecircular camera lens is very solidly adhered to the rear panel.
Even with some prying from my razor blade,it doesn’t want to come off. The back panel, surprisingly, does have it’sown earpiece, a bi-directional earpiece speaker shooting out both the front and the back. This will be fun to see from the inside. It’s a thin little sliver, especially hereon the front side, to minimize the bezels. But the grille can come off on it’s own. There isn’t much adhesive holding it in place. It’s definitely interesting to see speakergrilles on both sides of the phone.
Speaking of sides, the material inside ofthis dual screen sandwich is metal, the long volume button, and power buttons are bothmade from metal. The bottom of the phone has a loud speakerand USB-C charging port, along with a dual SIM card tray, with a protective rubber ringaround the opening to help keep water out. The Vivo Nex Dual Display doesn’t have anofficial IP rating, but it’s good to see some steps were taken. This hole is protected and I’ll have to checkthe other holes from the inside during
the teardown. The far side of the phone is also made frommetal, along with the second tower button with Vivo printed on the surface. And what’s this? Dost mine eyes deceive me? A headphone jack. You gotta love a phone with all the features. Another interesting design choice is at theedge of the screen on both the front and the back are surrounded by a layer of plastic. Plastic as we know is
much softer than metalor glass, so it does provide a nice cushion layer between the hard metal sides and theclear brittle glass. So if it does happen to get dropped, it mightnot break as easy. It’s a good thing, and not something you wouldnotice at first glance. With the previous dual screen phone I tested,the Nubia X, it had an LCD front panel, while the smaller rear panel was AMOLED. This phone,
the Vivo Nex Dual Display, hasa larger rear screen than the Nubia at 5.5 inches and it’s still a 1080p AMOLED. It’s kind of sad when you think that the backupscreen on this phone is still higher resolution than Apple’s iPhone XR. No permanent marks were left on the display,even after my lighter was in place for 45 seconds. It might be the dual thickness of the clearcamera lens glass. But even with all that heat, there is no separationof the rather unique circular lens.
There’s a 12 megapixel main camera, a 2 megapixeldepth sensor, and another 3D camera called TOF for Time of Flight for facial recognitionare all back here. The TOF camera has some pretty cool 3D scanningcapabilities. I jumped into the camera app to check it out. It has the standard measure of banana featuresthat a lot of phones have. But it also has this pretty in depth 3D facescanning unlocking thing that Vivo claims is better than Apple’s. But I think we can all agree that this iseither super creepy or super awesome. Isn’t that right,
Digital Jerry? [Jerry nods] The front screen is a massive 6.4 inch, nonotch, 1080p AMOLED display. This time with different placement of my lighter,and without the dual layers of glass, a white burn mark appeared at about 27 seconds andnever did quite recover. And now for the bend test. This phone has no moving parts, just one solidhunk of glass, metal and plastic. And the whole contraption seems very heavyand very solid, with only a slight bend during the
flex, but with no creaks, snaps, kinks,or cracks anywhere in the body, even when bent from both directions. I like where things are headed. This whole flagship phone with dual screens,3D camera, headphone jack, and the in-screen fingerprint scanner is still cheaper than Apple’s budget iPhone, the XR. And Vivo’s phone comes with double the internal memory. Vivo’s got my attention. I’m impressed and I’m excited to see what they come out with next. Hit that subscribes button if you haven’t already Vivo Nex Dual Screen Triple Camera Durability Test