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Vivo NEX 3 Unboxing and First Impressions

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For the longest time now, Vivo is known foe offering very good midrange and entry level snarrphones. About a fews years earlier Vivo announced a concept phone called the NEX which runs a flagship chipset and top notch specs. Moving forward to 2019, Vivo has recently announced the NEX 3 the third generation of their flagship phone.

To our surprise, Vivo brought the NEX 3 to the local market and faces tough competition with other flagships like the Huawei P30 series and the recently launched Huawei Mate 30 series plus Samsung’s Note 10 series, the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition and OnePlus 7T Pro. What are the standout features that can outshine others? Let’s unbox this!

Vivo NEX 3 specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor
  • Adreno 640 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal memory, UFS 3.0
  • 6.89-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2256 pixels)
  • Rear Cameras
    • 64 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
    • 13 MP, f/2.5, (telephoto), PDAF
    • 13 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), PDAF
  • Motorized pop up 16MP f/2.1 front facing camera
  • 5G, 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display, optical), USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 44W fast charge
  • Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch 9.1

What’s inside the box?

  • Vivo NEX 3 unit
  • USB Type C cable
  • 44W fast charge wall adapter
  • Earphones
  • SIM card ejector
  • Free case

HARDWARE

The device is HUGE. This is by far the largest screen on a phone we’ve seen – 6.89-inches. It is a tad larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and dwarfs the OnePlus 7 Pro we have on hand. Let’s talk more about the display, Vivo calls it a Waterfall Fullview display which bleeds towards the edges. It has an insane 99.6% screen-to-body ratio. That screen is AMOLED by the way and watching media here is fantastic.

One uncoventional feature of this phone is the lack of buttons. There are no physical power button and volume rockers. Instead it uses a haptic vibration motor that Vivo calls Touch Sense. The power and volume buttons… or… haptic feedback are all located on the right side. Vivo queezed in three small icons at the edge of the right screen to determine where to press or touch for adjust volume or lock the screen. Honestly, it takes some getting used to and we are practicing.

Overall, the phone looks and feels very flagship. Because it is huge, its also quite heavy too. Just keep that in mind.

SOFTWARE

Running the show is Vivo’s custom skin called Funtouch OS 9.1 on top of Android 9.0 Pie. If you have used any Vivo smartphone before or switching from an iPhone, the UI will be very familiar to you. If not, the UI will take some getting used to. FuntouchOS is simple and very easy to navigate. Sadly no app drawer here. All apps are on the homescreen ala-iOS.

What’s interesting here is what power it has under the hood. It is powered by a Snapdragon 855+ paired with 8GB RAM. The one available here is 128GB option. Thats non expandadable though. We are excited to put this phone on stress test for our full review. But having a Snapdragon 855+ onboard, we are confident of its raw power.

FIRST CAMERA SAMPLES

The Vivo NEX 3 is a camera powerhouse. You get a 64MP main camera, a 13MP telephoto and another 13MP ultrawide. At the front we have a 16MP motorized pop up selfie camera. First camera samples left us impressed already and we have not tweaked a lot of the camera settings.

The Vivo NEX 3 with the included case

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Vivo NEX 3 is an impressive phone offering a large beautiful display, powerful processor, premium design and capable cameras. But what makes the Vivo NEX 3 a compelling flagship phone to look to is the Php 39,999 price tag. The price alone and the features it offers made this phone standout. With that we give our two thumbs up of recommendation.

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