Vivo Nex Dual Display: Are Two Screens Really Necessary?

Vivo has surely caused a massive sensation in the industry with its second iteration of the Vivo Nex, a phone that already registered itself with the most popular phones of 2018 because of its unique motorized camera.

In the Vivo Nex dual display, as the name suggests, you’ll find two displays which is even more thrilling to look, since the company has made some major design changes to cram up a second display. Though this phone is definitely a looker, are looks enough for a device to be labeled a ‘successful’ one?

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Let’s dig further to find out what blessing or curse is disguised in the form of Vivo Nex dual display.

Design Language

So first thing’s first, the phone offers a huge screen to body ratio with 6.39 inches AMOLED display which is undoubtedly a good thing to have but where’s the selfie camera? Yup! you guessed it right. The phone doesn’t have a front-facing camera.

On the back, the device houses a triple camera setup along with another AMOLED display with 5.4 inches in size ruling out the need for selfie camera altogether. Moreover, the phones also sports an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The device also comes stuffed with the latest specs including one of the first phones that comes with a massive 10GB RAM. A Snapdragon 845 drives the phones so you can expect it to be a powerhouse.

The Good

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Now that you have a better idea of the design and specs of the device, let’s move to the good and bad. The good thing is that owing to so much controversy around the notch, Vivo has found a fabulous way to remove the notch while ensuring to eliminate the vulnerability of moving camera parts that the original Vivo Nex had.

Besides that the all screen and all glass design is definitely a head-turner. In an interview with GSMArena, Kyle Xiao, director of industrial design at Vivo, told that the company made up over 250 mock-ups for testing and that the dual screen design evolution started at almost the same time as the original Vivo Nex and took a lot of more time to perfect because of the technical challenges.

No doubt Vivo has put a lot of effort into the phone which makes this device even more appealing.

The secondary display is quite useful, it can not only be used to take selfies but also acts as a gamepad for games (like PUBG). It also acts as a mirror for the person that you take a picture of.

The Bad

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While Samsung eyes to launch foldable phone soon and even Huawei has promised a foldable device in summer next year, Vivo goes for this! Does it look good? Yes, it does but is it really a good idea? I think it’s not. Why? Let me explain.

With a phone that has an all-glass body, the first thought that comes to our mind is protecting it in a case. It has many benefits. From protecting the phone to shatter upon slipping from your hand, to the prevention of smudges and getting dirty, a protective case is the ultimate solution for an all glass phone.

In case of Vivo Nex dual display, you can throw this idea out the window, Even if third-party case makers manufacture a case that fits the phone perfectly, the dual display will still be exposed and you’ll have to care about two displays instead of one.


Other than that, only the front of the phone comes with Gorilla Glass 6 protection which is another reason to take extra care of the phone.

Last but not the least, the phone weighs a massive 199 grams which rules out the possibility of being used with one hand for longer time.

All in all, the phone packs a sensational beauty in its design element but that shouldn’t necessarily mean that it is useful too. Utility is never dependant on beauty. I would personally prefer any single screen recent flagship, lets say Galaxy Note 9, rather than the Vivo Nex dual display but then again it boils down to personal preference. if you think you can handle it, it’s the phone for you.

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