The Vivo Nex 3 5G is a 64-megapixel “waterfall” display smartphone


Smartphones are all starting to look pretty much the same and there’s very little that separates each one from the other. The Vivo Nex 3 5G is hoping its bag of tricks will make it stand out from the pack. The Vivo Nex 3 5G is touting its curved “waterfall” display and pretty much bezel-free front.

There are two very slim bezels at the top and the bottom but the edges are basically wrapped with the display. Now, this isn’t the first phone to exaggerate the display over the sides, Samsung has done this too just not as extreme. We’re not sure how this will affect false touches and how the palm of your hand interacts with that display. Still, in this age of screen-to-body ratio’s, the Vivo Nex 3 5G has a 99.6-percent rating.

The display measures in at 6.89-inches and has a 1080p resolution. Because of the extreme curve around the edge, there is no room for physical buttons. So Vivo opted for capacitive buttons for the volume and power that deliver haptic feedback when lightly pressed. Again, we’re not sure how this feature will affect the usability of the phone.

Vivo Nex 3 5G smartphone waterfall display
The “waterfall display” and capacitive buttons under it. Image Courtesy Engadget

With no room for a selfie-camera on the front, the 16-megapixel selfie camera is hidden in the chassis and pops up when needed. This is also not a new feature but does raise the question of the lifespan of the mechanical system governing it. The back of the Vivo Nex 3 5G houses the triple-camera setup which includes a 64-megapixel main camera, 13-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 13-megapixel telephoto camera. According to reports, the sensor on the 64-megapixel is larger than what we’ve seen on smartphone cameras. This should allow the phone to capture better images using those 64-megapixels to their best potential.

As for the processor, the Vivo Nex 3 5G has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and a “vapor chamber cooling system.” The battery clocks in at 4,500 mAh and supports “Super FlashCharge” at 44 watts. Of course, the in-display fingerprint sensor is here as well.

No word on pricing but it is expected to be available in the coming months in Asian and other markets. Don’t expect to see the Vivo Nex 3 5G in the United States.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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