A new Nex phone from Vivo featuring a dual-screen design, a trio of rear cameras, and a weird LED ring appears to be on its way according to a series of leaked images and a semi-unboxing. The Vivo Nex 2, rumored for release in December, would be the successor to the Nex S phone which popularized the pop-up selfie camera.
Similar to the Nubia X, the Nex 2 reportedly features a dual-screen design in an apparent attempt to maximise the screen-to-body ratio of the front display. You just flip the phone around and use the second screen if you want to take a selfie or video call, thereby eliminating the need for a notch or bezel to accomodate a front-facing camera.
In addition to the second screen, the phone also features an RGB LED “Lunar Ring” placed around a triple-rear camera array. Apparently, one use of the ring is to glow for notifications. We don’t yet know the exact specs of the cameras, but the Nex 2 is rumored to feature a time-of-flight scanner similar to the one that impressed us earlier this year in Shanghai. The Vivo prototype we tested was able to generate a surprisingly detailed 3D model of Sam Byford’s head, making the scanner interesting for use in photography and augmented reality.
As you can see, the primary display extends from corner to corner, and is flanked on three sides by a minimal, symmetrical bezel, with a thicker one found at the bottom. There’s no selfie cam on the front, so there’s no notch or slide-out mechanism. And Vivo is yet to leak smartphones with Infinity-O-like designs. Also, the front screen packs an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The rear screen is significantly smaller, and that’s because there’s a triple-lens camera placed horizontally at the top. This is the screen you’ll use to take selfies, as the phone only has a rear-facing camera module. That’s also the screen you’ll need when engaging in video calls.