Vivo NEX 3 officially launched: 5G, Snapdragon 855 Plus and a revolutionary design

ByTown Kassis 2019-09-17 1165

The Vivo NEX 3 has been officially introduced and is an impressive smartphone in many ways. In addition to being one of the first smartphones to carry an 855+ Snapdragon SoC and therefore systematically compatible with 5G, it features an almost 100% borderless design and a curved screen covering both side parts, which the brand refers to as "cascading" edges with the screen falling on both sides. The smartphone is also the first to have no physical buttons.

Vivo NEX 3 

It is on Weibo that Vivo's product manager has made official the Vivo NEX 3, which is faithful to the leaks that have been circulating in recent weeks. The brand strikes hard with its new smartphone that features a high-flying technical sheet and a design that stands out from the competition with an almost 100% borderless Waterfall FullView display. The latter is distinguished by curved edges occupying the entire side of the smartphone, allowing the slab to occupy 99.6% of the facade, compared to 91.4% for the 2018 Vivo Nex. It almost feels like holding only the screen in your hands. Vivo also succeeded in proposing a design without any physical buttons, which the leaks in the meantime announced - wrongly - for the Galaxy Note 10.

Vivo NEX 3: Snapdragon 855+, 64MP photo sensor and a design without physical buttons

The Waterfall FullView display is based on OLED technology. Its diagonal is 6.89 inches for Full HD+ definition. Instead of physical buttons, the Vivo NEX 3 offers Touch Sense virtual buttons that work with a haptic feedback system, both for power and volume. There is no space on the sides to accommodate physical keys as the entire space is occupied by the curved screen. At the beginning of the year, the brand presented a Vivo Apex without a physical button, but it was a concept that was not intended to be marketed.


The Vivo NEX 3's technical data sheet makes it an ultra premium smartphone. It is equipped with Qualcomm's latest SoC, the Snapdragon 855+, which does not require an additional modem to be 5G compatible, unlike the S855. The Soc is supported by 8 or 12 GB RAM and storage up to 512 GB. For the photo part, the smartphone offers a triple back sensor of 64 + 13 +13 megapixels. The 16-megapixel selfie camera is deployed via a pop-up module.

Vivo NEX 3​ 

Ultra fast 44 W charging

The Vivo NEX 3's battery has a capacity of 4500 mAh and the smartphone is compatible with a 44W fast charge thanks to the manufacturer's Super FlashCharge technology. Thanks to it, the battery reaches 67% charge in 30 minutes and takes only 64 minutes to go from 0 to 100%. These charging performances are almost the same as those of the Galaxy Note 10+ with the 25W charger supplied in the box. However, its battery capacity is slightly lower (4300mAh).

Vivo NEX 3 specs

Smartphone name

Vivo NEX 3

Screen size

6.89-inch super AMOLED screen

Screen resolution

2256 x 1080 pixels


Snapdragon 855 Plus

Rear camera

64MP primary lens + 13MP telephoto lens + 13MP wide-angle lens

Front camera




Internal storage

128GB/256GB UFS 3.0

Battery capacity


Fast charging

44W super Flash Charge

Product size

167.44 x 76.14 x 9.4mm

Product weight


Vivo NEX 3 price and availability

Vivo NEX 3 offers 3 editions:

● 8GB + 128GB 4G edition: 4998 yuan (about $707)

● 8GB + 256Gb 5G edition: 5698 yuan (about $804)

● 12GB + 256Gb 5G edition: 6198 yuan (about $877)

The Vivo NEX 3 will officially go on sale in China on September 21, and it can be pre-ordered now with the deposit of 100 yuan.   

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