Vivo NEX 3 Smartphone Hands-on

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With the holidays fast approaching, another wave of smartphone buying season is just around the corner. Arriving just in time, the new Vivo NEX 3 comes as an additional alternative for buyers.

Vivo NEX 3 in hand
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The smartphone launches as the new flagship offering under Vivo’s NEX lineup. The NEX 3 possesses attributes that can compete with other top offerings in the market today.


Elegant In Front And Back

Beginning with the fascia, the Vivo NEX 3 comes with a 6.89-inch display. Based on an AMOLED panel with FHD+ (1080 × 2256p) resolution, it provides you with a bright and brilliant view of the screen. 

Vivo Waterfall FullView feature magnifies the display’s vividness. Bezel-less and notch-free, the NEX 3 achieves a 99.6% screen-to-body ratio.

Eliminating physical buttons, the Vivo NEX 3 delivers a seamless, touchscreen experience in a unibody form factor. 

Vivo NEX’s Waterfall FullView display
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With an X-axis haptic vibration motor, the Vivo NEX 3 quickly responds to haptic feedback. 4D Vibration adds kick to your experience when playing games on the phone. 

Vivo’s In-Display Fingerprint Scanning feature helps you quickly enter your digital world without worrying.

Clad in a sophisticated body, the NEX 3 sports a glossy black back cover that elegantly responds to ambient light. 


Shoot With Sophistication

On the upper side of the back, the Vivo NEX 3 reintroduces the Lunar Ring Camera System. Similar to that of the Huawei Mate 30, the elevated round panel carries the cameras of the NEX 3. 

The phone has a total of three rear cameras: 64-megapixel main, 13-megapixel wide-angle, and a 13-megapixel super macro. 

Vivo NEX 3 sports a glossy black back cover
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With the images captured in Super HD resolution, details remain clear even when you zoom in. If you are more finicky, simply switch to Pro Mode and RAW shooting option. These features allow for more freedom to tweak settings and finetune images eventually.

Another highlight, the NEX 3 also features a 16-megapixel Elevating Front Camera. The camera comes with a tailored motor and gearbox for smooth elevation and stable operation.

Vivo NEX 3's Elevating Front Camera
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NEX 3’s Portrait Master enhances selfies by increasing dynamic range accuracy between face and background. The camera calibrates between your face and the background’s lightest spot so your beauty stands out.

Both the back and front cameras come with flash, handy when shooting at night and during other low-light conditions.

Vivo NEX 3: Beauty Meets Power

A marriage of beauty and power, the Vivo NEX 3 comes with the Snapdragon 855 Plus. This octa-core chip runs at 2.96GHz speed, coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage 

Designed as Qualcomm’s first 5G solution, the chip goes with UFS 3.0 highspeed flash memory. It delivers fast computing performance, resulting in a seamless experience. That is even when you are multitasking with several apps. 

The 5G chip makes the NEX 3 deliver stable network connectivity, ultra-low latency, and ultra-high download speeds above 1Gbps.

The top side showing the 3.5mm audio jack
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With dual WLAN acceleration, the NEX 3 can use two Wi-Fi signal networks simultaneously. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB 2.0.

Vivo NEX 3’s UFS 3.0 works with Vivo’s Turbo Write and HPB technologies. This allows for 90% faster sequential read and 110% faster sequential write speeds than the preceding UFS 2.1. 

The Vivo NEX 3 uses the dedicated AK4377A audio chip for a more immersive experience when listening to music or watching movies.

The bottom side showing the USB port
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In terms of battery, the Vivo NEX 3 integrates a 4500mAh module. With Vivo Super FlashCharge 44W and C-DRX technologies, the phone recharges quickly and lasts for several hours.

In spite of its powerful hardware set, the Vivo NEX 3 remains cool with its Vapor Chamber Cooling System. This innovation is designed to dissipate unwanted heat.  

Running on Android 9.0 Pie, the Vivo NEX 3 uses the signature Funtouch OS 9.1. The phone also has Jovi, Vivo’s artificial intelligent (AI) assistant. This feature optimizes hardware and software for enhanced efficiency and improved battery life.