We are approaching the full screen phone terribly with everything we want, thanks to several innovations that have allowed smartphone vendors to minimize bevels and increase screen space without increasing the overall footprint of the phone. Most phones still have several design commitments, since the technology is not ready to deliver a perfect phone for all screens with a screen that hides the selfie camera, 3D face recognition sensors, fingerprint sensors and the speaker That’s why we have notched phones, slider cameras and punch screens.
But a new device announced this week, which you can’t really buy, brings us closer to that design.
Called Vivo Nex 3 and officially presented in China, the phone is the first phone in the world that has a waterfall screen. We saw the device appear in several rumors before, so we knew that Vivo was going to beat Huawei to launch phones with cascading screens.
The phone looks a lot like the Galaxy S, which shows curved screens on the map. However, the curvatures are more pronounced, hence the term “cascade screen”. That means the screen is almost wrapped around the edges of the phone, further reducing the size of the side bezels. Another side effect is that there is no more space for physical buttons on the sides, so everything is integrated into the edges of the phone. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the screen in the Vivo Nex 3.
Huawei later this week will present the Mate 30 Pro, which will have a similar design, although the phone will have a notch on the top and a physical power button on the side.
The Vivo Nex 3 makes a design commitment, with a sliding selfie camera, which is not ideal. But the Nex 3 has no notch or punch chamber. Meanwhile, on the back, there is a triple camera trigger placed in a circular module, with 64 megapixel telephoto lenses, 13 megapixels ultra wide angle and 13 megapixels. Dual 16 megapixel selfie cameras are present in the front (after they slide up).
When it comes to specifications, the Vivo Nex 3 has quite a few tricks under the hood, including some features that are not available on many flagships of Android 2019. We are seeing a 6.89-inch Full HD 1080p screen, the Snapdragon 855 processor + newest from Qualcomm, up to 12 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage, 4,500 mAh battery with 44 W fast charging and 5G support.
The 5G version will cost 5,698 yuan ($ 806) in China, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The 4G model, with only 128GB of flash memory, will cost 4,998 yuan ($ 707). A version with 12 GB of RAM will go on sale on Saturday, according to Vivo. However, it is not clear when the device will be sent outside of China.