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⇣ Content

Smartphones of the NEX series are created by vivo specifically to demonstrate, if not technological superiority, then at least innovation: past models received unique features that distinguished them from the general background. vivo NEX 3 fits into this wave, but to a slightly lesser extent. We have already seen smartphones with a retractable front camera, a fingerprint scanner built into the screen, you will not surprise anyone either, and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro boasts an extremely curved display. The main features of the NEX 3 are the complete absence of physical keys on the case and a system of three cameras led by a 64-megapixel module — even though it has already “lit up” in relatively budget devices like Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro or realme XT, a camera with such a resolution in smartphone is still a rarity.

Otherwise, the characteristics are quite expected for a flagship smartphone of the 2019 model: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus platform (yes, overclocked version), 8 GB of RAM, a hefty 6.89-inch OLED screen, a body made almost entirely of glass. About the display, creeping on the edge of the case, I have already mentioned above. Will this be enough to compete with other flagships, or will the NEX 3, like its predecessors, pass somewhere under the public’s radar?


vivo NEX 3 vivo NEX Dual Display Huawei Mate 30 Pro Apple iPhone 11 One Plus 7 Pro
Display 6.89″ P-OLED
2256 × 1080 dots, 363 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
6.39″ Super AMOLED
2340 × 1080 dots, 403 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
6.53″ OLED
2400 × 1176 dots, 409 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
6.1″ IPS
1792 × 828 dots, 326 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
6.67″ Fluid AMOLED
3120 × 1440 dots, 516 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
Second display Not 5.49 inch, Super AMOLED,
1920 × 1080 dots, 401 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
Not Not Not
Protective glass No information No information Corning Gorilla Glass 6 No information Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus: One Kryo 485 Gold Core @ 2.96GHz + Three Kryo 485 Gold Cores @ 2.42GHz + Four Kryo 485 Silver Cores @ 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Quad-core Kryo 385 Gold @ 2.8GHz + Quad-core Kryo 385 Silver @ 1.7GHz HiSilicon Kirin 990: eight cores (2 x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.86GHz + 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.09GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.86GHz); HiAI architecture Apple A13 Bionic: six cores (2 × Lightning, 2.65 GHz + 4 × Thunder, 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: One Kryo 485 Gold core 2.85GHz + three Kryo 485 Gold cores 2.42GHz + four Kryo 485 Silver cores 1.8GHz
Graphics controller Adreno 640, 700 MHz Adreno 630, 710 MHz ARM Mali-G76 MP16 Apple GPU (4 cores) Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 10 GB 8 GB 4 GB 6/8/12 GB
Flash memory 128 GB 128 GB 256 GB 64/128/256 GB 128/256 GB
Memory card support Not Not Yes (Huawei nanoSD only) Not Not
Connectors USB Type-C, mini-jack 3.5 mm USB Type-C, mini-jack 3.5 mm USB Type-C Lightning USB Type-C
SIM cards Two nano-SIMs Two nano-SIMs Two nano-SIMs One nano-SIM and one eSIM Two nano-SIMs
Cellular 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz CDMA 800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz CDMA 800 / 1900
Cellular 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; CDMA2000 1xEV-DO HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Cellular 4G LTE Cat.18 (up to 1200 Mbps): bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbps): bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE: information unknown LTE-A Cat.16 (up to 1024/150 Mbps), bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 , 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66 LTE Cat.18 (up to 1200 Mbps): bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
NFC There is Not There is Yes (Apple Pay) There is
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Sensors Illumination, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Illumination, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor, Face ID Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, Face ID Illumination, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on screen Yes, on screen Yes, on screen Not Yes, on screen
Main camera Triple module, 64 + 13 + 13 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.48, phase detection autofocus, LED flash Triple module, 12 + 2 MP + 3D camera, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 1.3, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, LED flash Quad module, 40 + 40 + 8 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.6 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization, dual LED flash Dual module, 12 + 12 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4, dual LED flash, phase detection autofocus and five-axis optical stabilization — in the main module Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ/1.6 + 8 MP, ƒ/2.4 + 16 MP, ƒ/2.2, hybrid autofocus, dual LED flash
Front-camera 16 MP, ƒ/2.1, no autofocus, with flash Not 32 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, no autofocus, no flash 16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 13.3 Wh (3500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 11.91 Wh (3110 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 167.4×76.1×9.4mm 157.2×75.3×8.1mm 158.1×73.1×8.8mm 150.9×75.7×8.3mm 162.6×75.9×8.8mm
Weight 217 grams 199 grams 198 grams 194 grams 206 grams
Hull protection Not Not IP68 IP68 Not
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie, FunTouch OS shell Android 9.0 Pie, FunTouch OS shell Android 10, EMUI 10 shell iOS 13 Android 9.0 Pie, OxygenOS shell
Current price 520$ 520$ 1,099 euros $520 for 64GB version, $620 for 128GB version, $720 for 256GB version $320 for 6/128 GB version, $420 for 8/256 GB version

vivo NEX 3 — information about the filling according to the application CPU Z

⇡#Design, ergonomics and software

The vivo NEX 3 is decorated quite modestly — yes, there is a feint with a “waterfall screen” (as the manufacturer called the display that bends to completely cover the edges), but the color performances somewhat level out the effect it produces. It is impossible to understand that in the black NEX 3 (this color is called “shining night”), it is generally impossible to use just such a display until it is turned on — and vivo in Russia does not offer other color options.

But what can not be taken away from the NEX 3 is the almost complete framelessness. The side frames are missing for natural reasons — due to the curved screen. But the top and bottom are also minimized — as a result, the total area of ​​​​coverage of the front panel by the screen reaches 99.6%. It is clear that there is no cutout or hole in the corner of the display — a retractable camera allows you to avoid unnecessary sophistication. Considering the fact that we are talking about a 6.89-inch screen, vivo NEX 3 can be considered a legitimate contender for the title of the best smartphone for watching videos.

  NEX 3, the front panel is completely occupied by the screen - with a small cutout for the conversational speaker on top

NEX 3, the front panel is completely occupied by the screen — with a small cutout for the conversational speaker on top

  NEX 3, rear panel: three cameras are enclosed in a decorative ring, under it is a dual LED flash

NEX 3, rear panel: three cameras are enclosed in a decorative ring, under it is a dual LED flash

The back panel is also made of glass, and slightly curved at the edges — because of this, the smartphone is a little more comfortable to hold in your hand, but it is very slippery and strives to leave any insufficiently flat surface. Also, glossy glass is a very easily soiled coating, but prints are rubbed off more or less well. However, it’s still better to immediately pack your vivo NEX 3 in a case — it will be both safer and, to a certain extent, more aesthetic.

The front camera, as in the first NEX, is hidden in a special retractable module. Now it is located not closer to the edge, but in the middle and on it, in addition to the front camera, there is also a backlight — not a flash, yes, but a constant light that video bloggers will like. A doubling conversational speaker is displayed in the slot above the lens and the lamp. The camera pops up very quickly, with a characteristic voice acting (you can change it in the settings or turn it off altogether) — and in theory it can hide when the smartphone falls. And yes, unlike Honor 9X, for example, the module reacts to a free fall situation by quickly hiding in the case. How many cycles the mechanism lasts, vivo does not say this time, but I don’t think there will be any problems with this. However, the retractable element deprived the smartphone of moisture protection, while we have not yet seen a combination of these moments. Another disadvantage of a retractable front camera is that it inevitably collects dust, and you have to wipe the lens before each shooting.

  NEX 3, left side - without functional elements

NEX 3, left side — without functional elements

  NEX 3, right side: touch zone for locking the smartphone and adjusting the volume / shutter release / taking screenshots

NEX 3, right side: touch zone for locking the smartphone and adjusting the volume / shutter release / taking screenshots

Three rear cameras are combined in a round module — and they look more elegant there than the «burners» in the new iPhones. Although this is a matter of taste — Apple’s solution has already found, of course, its fans.

  NEX 3, top side: retractable front camera unit, analog audio jack (3.5 mm), IR port

NEX 3, top side: retractable front camera unit, analog audio jack (3.5 mm), IR port

  NEX 3 bottom: SIM slot, main speaker, microphone and USB Type-C port

NEX 3 bottom: SIM slot, main speaker, microphone and USB Type-C port

A pleasant surprise in the layout of vivo NEX 3 is the presence of a mini-jack, which is located on the top edge. A large retractable module did not prevent the placement of an analog audio jack, which, although it does not already look like a necessary part of a modern smartphone — wireless headphones are rapidly capturing the market — but as an additional option it will never be superfluous, especially since vivo has installed a good DAC in the smartphone.

And finally, the main difference between vivo NEX 3 and all other modern smartphones is the complete absence of physical keys. The touch area on the right side is responsible for turning on and adjusting the volume. The place responsible for blocking / turning on the gadget is ribbed, so it can be easily felt blindly. But the virtual volume keys are just zones on the sides of it, and to interact with them, you already need to look at the markings that appear in the side zone of the curved display. And if there are no serious problems with volume control, then taking screenshots (using the combination of the lock and volume down keys) or pressing the virtual “shutter” is inconvenient. It seems that there is a high-quality tactile response, and the zone is quite large, but the actions are too unusual — and for a week and a half of using a smartphone as the main one, it did not work out completely. However, you can also use a gesture to take screenshots. — three-finger swipe.

To identify the user, it is proposed to use primarily a fingerprint scanner located under the screen. There are often problems with such sensors, but not in this case — vivo, as a pioneer of such solutions, has a lot of experience and puts it into practice. The optical sensor also responds to the touch of a wet finger, and generally has a good reaction speed, as well as a minimum percentage of misses. The user’s face recognition system is also provided, but it is proposed to use it exclusively as a backup — if several attempts at fingerprint recognition are unsuccessful, then the module with the front camera will helpfully slide out and help unlock the smartphone.

The operating system is Android 9 Pie, while no one is talking about upgrading to Android 10, and we cannot say whether this will happen at all. On top of the operating system (with all its usual functionality and Google services — vivo has no problems with the US government) — the FunTouch OS 9.1 shell. We have already written quite a lot about it this year, and especially emotionally — in the vivo V17 Neo review. Here, I’ll just say that since then it has received the most important update for 2019 — the ability to activate a dark theme that saves energy on smartphones with OLED displays — and it looks pretty. However, everything was done not at all perfectly — yes, FunTouch OS automatically activates «dark» modes on all applications that support this, but for some reason they do not always look neat: in the same Instagram*, for example, the sliders for adjusting the parameters have disappeared. The shell combines both problems (like not very high-quality Russification), and a rich arsenal of settings (and partly unique — you can remember the special profiles of using a smartphone). It is to be hoped that the constant work on the bugs (updates are pouring in and really often) will lead to the fact that the problems will soon recede before the merits.

⇡#Display and sound

vivo NEX 3 received a truly huge 6.89-inch display. Yes, part of this impressive figure is due to the extremely curved edges, but not that big. Still, the work surface is by far the largest among all smartphones, not counting the foldable Samsung Galaxy Fold.

But this screen is famous not only for its impressive diagonal. It uses a matrix with passive organic light emitting diodes (P-OLED) with a resolution of 2256 × 1080 pixels. The display problem is the lack of pixel density, 363 ppi. The number is not terrible, the fonts look smooth, but on a display of this size it already makes sense to run 4K video — however, you will not be able to fully enjoy the clarity of the high-resolution picture. This, perhaps, is what separates the vivo NEX 3 from the title of «Best Smartphone for Watching Videos.»

Curved areas of the display are used when watching videos or playing games to display information (giving the picture a certain amount of additional volume), and on the locked screen they can display a pulsing color pattern in rhythm with the music. In the main menu, the right side serves only for the already mentioned volume control icons — there is no special menu in the manner of Samsung Edge.

The screen is covered with tempered glass of authorship not by the usual manufacturer (Corning), but by the German company Schott. I did not check how much it is stronger or more resistant to small scratches than Gorilla Glass. But during the testing process, there were no problems, the screen remained intact. The oleophobic coating is of high quality, it is cleaned from traces of use without difficulty.

The maximum measured brightness of the vivo NEX 3 display was 425 cd / m2 — for an OLED display, not magical, but quite familiar. It is quite possible to use a smartphone in the sun, albeit without such comfort as under artificial lighting or in the shade.

In the display settings, you can change the size and style of fonts, activate automatic brightness control (works fine), set the already mentioned dark mode, block image rotation, enable flicker reduction at low brightness (using DC Dimming technology) and adjust color reproduction. In the corresponding tab, you can manually change the color temperature, as well as select one of three color rendering presets: «standard», «normal» and «bright». They differ primarily in the degree of expansion of the color gamut. I measured the display in standard mode, which is the default, and in normal mode.

  vivo NEX 3, gamma in standard mode.  The yellow line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference gamma

vivo NEX 3, gamma in standard mode. The yellow line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference gamma

  vivo NEX 3, color temperature in standard mode.  The blue line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference temperature

vivo NEX 3, color temperature in standard mode. The blue line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference temperature

  vivo NEX 3, color gamut in standard mode.  Gray triangle - DCI-P3 coverage, white triangle - vivo NEX 3 coverage

vivo NEX 3, color gamut in standard mode. Gray triangle — DCI-P3 coverage, white triangle — vivo NEX 3 coverage

In the standard mode, the color gamut is expanded and almost exactly corresponds to the DCI-P3 standard. Gamma curves are stable, the average gamma is approximately normal — 2.17. The color temperature is too high — it ranges from 8,000 to 8,500 K with a slight «dip» up to 7,200 K. The colors are noticeably colder than they should be, but without extreme deviations. The average DeltaE deviation on the Color Checker scale, which includes both a wide range of colors and shades of gray, was 5.71 at a rate of 3.00 — not ideal, but generally tolerable with an extended color gamut.

  vivo NEX 3, gamma in normal mode.  The yellow line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference gamma

vivo NEX 3, gamma in normal mode. The yellow line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference gamma

  vivo NEX 3, color temperature in normal mode.  The blue line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference temperature

vivo NEX 3, color temperature in normal mode. The blue line is the vivo NEX 3 performance, the dotted line is the reference temperature

  vivo NEX 3, color gamut in normal mode.  Gray triangle - sRGB coverage, white triangle - vivo NEX 3 coverage

vivo NEX 3, color gamut in normal mode. Gray triangle — sRGB coverage, white triangle — vivo NEX 3 coverage

When the normal mode is activated, the color space is narrowed to the sRGB standard, and the color reproduction, as indicated by the name of the mode, is even closer to the norm. Gamma is already 2.19 with less stable curves. Colors warm up a lot — the color temperature stays at 7,000 K when dropped to the reference temperature (6,500 K). But the average DeltaE deviation on the Color Checker scale still does not fit into the normal range — 3.47. The display is set up as a whole is not bad — especially if you activate the normal mode — but you can’t talk about some kind of ideal, “cinematic” level.

Vivo NEX 3 has a mini-jack that allows you to listen to music from wired headphones without an adapter, but the channel is not particularly high quality. The power is average, the detail is normal. There are no problems with the wireless channel — all the necessary high-resolution data transfer profiles via Bluetooth are in place. The speaker is the only one, located on the bottom edge, with a finger when the smartphone is horizontally oriented, it does not overlap. The volume is average, the quality is ordinary. The speaker and microphone are normal — you can easily communicate by telephone using vivo NEX 3.

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⇡#Hardware and performance

vivo NEX 3 in terms of the hardware platform is a full-fledged “flagship flagship”. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, which we have previously seen in the ASUS ROG Phone II. The system-on-a-chip differs from the usual Snapdragon 855 by the increased frequency of the older Kryo 485 Gold core — 2.96 GHz instead of 2.8 GHz. On single-threaded tasks, this provides a performance gain of approximately 4.2%. A 15% overclocked Adreno 640 graphics is also installed.

Moreover, unlike the same ASUS ROG Phone II, to activate work at higher frequencies, you do not need to activate a special game mode — the smartphone itself switches to increased performance mode when it encounters tasks that require it. The result is very strong performance in synthetic tests, where the NEX 3 is second only to the iPhone 11 Max Pro. Among Android-smartphones, it is by far the most powerful.

And here the large display is as appropriate as possible — the vivo flagship is very good as a gaming device. A very powerful hardware platform does not allow frame rate drops, there is enough RAM (8 GB), and it is very comfortable to play your favorite games on a large screen.

Vivo NEX 3 has no problems with throttling and overheating. The CPU Throttling Test benchmark showed a performance drop of up to 92% of the maximum at an average performance of 184 GIPS. This is a very high level, the smartphone confirms its high status as a gaming gadget.

The vivo NEX 3 has no options for built-in memory — the smartphone comes exclusively with 8 GB LPDDRX and a 128 GB flash drive. The latter is UFS 3.0 standard, so you can count on extremely fast data exchange within a smartphone by today’s standards. But the volume, in my opinion, is insufficient — in about a year and a half, the device’s memory will probably fill up (especially if you shoot a lot and install a significant number of games), but, alas, you can’t expand the capacity with a memory card.

⇡#Communications and wireless communications

The modem built into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus platform allows you to rely on data transmission using LTE with gigabit speed (Cat.18, 1200 Mbps). Moreover, there is a 5G version of vivo NEX 3, which is supplied, in addition to China, in the United States, but, alas, it is useless in Russia today. But as far as it is possible with us, vivo NEX 3 copes with data transfer at a very good level. It provides two nano-SIM slots, both work with LTE, there is support for an extensive list of 4G communication bands.

  vivo NEX 3, SIM card slot

vivo NEX 3, SIM card slot

The most important breakthrough compared to last year’s NEX is that vivo’s new flagship still has an NFC module, and you can pay for your purchases using Google Pay. The rest of the wireless modules are also in order: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, infrared. The navigation system works with GPS (including A-GPS), GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo. I didn’t have any questions for her.


vivo NEX 3 is already another (third, after realme XT and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro) smartphone, which received a 64-megapixel camera based on the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. Not a bad choice, in principle, if we put aside the idea that the last two devices with this sensor still belonged to the middle (and even lower) class, and here we are talking about the flagship. But we are talking, of course, about the main camera — there are three of them in the smartphone.

A 64-megapixel sensor with physical dimensions of 1 / 1.7 ″ (the size of an individual pixel is 0.8 microns) received a lens with an equivalent focal length of 26 mm and aperture f/1.8. Phase autofocus works with it, but the module, alas, missed the optical stabilization — and this is a serious drawback for a flagship smartphone. The second camera gives the smartphone a double optical zoom due to the 52 mm EGF lens. The sensor with it is used 13-megapixel, the aperture ratio is low — f/2.5. The third camera, also 13 megapixels, provides a wide angle. The focal length is not named, EXIF ​​indicates 13 mm, but in fact the viewing angle is slightly narrower — most likely, the picture is slightly cropped due to software correction of edge distortions. lens aperture — f/2.2, there is a phase autofocus, as in other modules, which is rare for a wide-angle camera.

In total, vivo NEX 3 offers, roughly speaking, a fourfold optical zoom – you won’t surprise anyone with this today, but the smartphone shoots with sufficient quality at all proposed focal lengths, which is far from always the case. On the wide-angle module, you can shoot not only landscapes, but also close-ups with funny distortions — however, you need to make sure that the device focuses where necessary, by default in this mode it tends to focus on infinity. It’s nice that the color reproduction and white balance practically do not differ depending on the selected viewing angle — this is a common flaw in Android smartphones. But you can find fault with the detail in wide-angle mode — however, not very much. The dynamic range in this mode is also low. The telephoto mode also cannot boast of a wide dynamic range, but it pleases with high detail.

An interesting point: by default, the smartphone shoots at a resolution of 16 megapixels (4608 × 3456 pixels), this is the basic resolution of the main Quad Bayer camera — vivo NEX 3 combines the image received from the additional and main module. But in low light, the gadget refuses such a hybrid scheme, giving out photos in the original resolution for each module. The quality of shooting on wide-angle and telephoto modules in the dark leaves much to be desired — although you can still get sharp pictures in these modes, which also happens infrequently.

There is a night mode in which the smartphone takes many frames with different exposures in 4 seconds, then combining them into one shot with extended exposure and software-enhanced sharpness — but it is only available when shooting with a basic viewing angle on the main module. It helps to achieve more juicy and saturated pictures, but this does not always suit them. And, I repeat, the lack of an optical stabilizer, of course, affects the ability to take a normal photo with minimal lighting in the frame. The vivo flagship, of course, wins over the realme and Xiaomi mid-range smartphones mentioned above in terms of overall shooting quality, but it is already hard to compete with its direct competitors in the face of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+, Huawei P30 Pro or iPhone 11.

There is, of course, the unique offering of being able to take pictures at 64 megapixels (9216 × 6912) — and yes, indeed, the sharpness when this option is activated (it’s hidden in the «More» section of the camera app) is impressive. It is worth noting that the result is saved not only in compressed JPEG format, but also in RAW — for this you need to select the appropriate item in the deep settings of the professional mode.

On the left — a picture without AI, on the right — with AI

There is “artificial intelligence” that is obligatory today, which connects neural network calculations to the process. The smartphone recognizes the scene and adjusts the colors, exposure and dynamic range of the image according to its ideas of beauty. As a rule, these views do not fail vivo NEX 3 — if you, of course, like increased saturation and slightly more poisonous colors than in reality. The smartphone slightly embellishes life, but it suits her.

In portrait mode, you can shoot at all three available focal lengths, but artificial background blur can only be enabled with a standard viewing angle and a 2x zoom, which, in principle, is logical. There are no special blur effects in the manner of what Samsung or Huawei offer, but the smartphone separates the object from the background qualitatively, there are no complaints about sharpness either.

The camera app has changed slightly compared to other vivo this year — ridiculous phrases like “Beauty face with AI have disappeared”, the number of modes in the carousel has decreased, the application as a whole looks more elaborate and neat, although there were no drastic changes. I note that the application is very inconvenient to switch between cameras — either by repeatedly clicking on the circle in which the current zoom is entered, or by dragging the slider, when it is almost impossible to select the desired level immediately; with a touch being regularly recognized as an attempt to turn on a useless slider. Some of the necessary functions, such as the mentioned activation of the 64-megapixel mode or the shutdown of the AI ​​​​assistant, are hidden too deeply. With all the advantages of vivo NEX 3, the company should be more actively involved in finalizing its software. Although partly it is a matter of habit.

An example of daytime 4K video

An example of daytime video shooting in Full HD resolution with super stabilization

vivo NEX allows you to shoot 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, but without stabilization. Stabilization is only available when shooting at Full HD resolution, and there is both “normal” stabilization for standard and telephoto modules, and “super stabilization», available only for the standard focal length. The video quality is good, although the rolling shutter effect is very noticeable in 4K resolution, and twitches when moving the smartphone horizontally are inevitable at any resolution.

16 megapixel selfie camera with aperture lens fThe /2.1 doesn’t have autofocus, but it does offer backlighting, and it’s excellently executed. You can take great selfies both in daylight and at night. I am pleased with the detailing, and the absence of spatial distortion (the face in the frame looks normal), and the color rendition.

⇡#Offline work

The vivo NEX 3 has a 17.1Wh (4500mAh, 3.8V) battery. Despite the screen with a diagonal of almost seven inches, this is enough to safely use the smartphone for a full day of light, and not necessarily in autumn. From early morning until bedtime, my NEX 3 was stable. Under extreme load, of course, autonomy will be reduced to about 7-8 hours, but still, the OLED screen provides invaluable bonuses, and the operating system distributes resources correctly.

In our traditional test with HD video playback at maximum brightness, with updates and notifications turned on, the smartphone lasted more than 25 (!) hours — and this is a record in the history of this test. Yes, we have a rather dark test video, in which any smartphone with an OLED screen performs great, but not that good!

For charging, a USB Type-C port is used, a proprietary 44 W system is supported, which should fully charge the battery in about an hour (to be precise, 67 minutes are claimed). Alas, we did not get this wonderful charger bundled with a smartphone, but there is no doubt about this figure. The smartphone does not support wireless charging, but in general, the combination of autonomy and charging speed of the vivo NEX 3 is beyond praise.


Vivo NEX 3 no longer looks like an experimental or premature gadget — it is an easy-to-use and NFC-enabled smartphone with the largest display to date. Even the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has a screen nearly a tenth of an inch smaller. The absence of any inclusions in a high-quality OLED screen, decent autonomy, a mini-jack and an extremely powerful hardware platform make the vivo NEX 3 a smartphone very well suited for playing games or watching videos (with a small problem in the form of a mono speaker) .

But there are also controversial points. The vivo NEX 3 camera simply lacks an optical stabilizer. There is also a small problem with memory: 128 GB (UFS 3.0) seems to be a lot, but the volume is still limited, and, alas, you cannot increase it with a memory card. Well, the FunTouch shell causes mixed feelings.

Nevertheless, in general, vivo turned out to be a very worthy flagship with bright pluses — one of the best smartphones for games and multimedia today.


  • original design with a screen without a cutout and a hole for the camera;
  • huge and high-quality OLED display;
  • very powerful hardware platform;
  • good shooting quality on both the main and front cameras (although vivo NEX 3 loses to competitors in the rear camera);
  • decent autonomy combined with very fast charging.


  • boring (and only) color performance;
  • no slot for a memory card;
  • no moisture and dust protection;
  • not the best shell;
  • You have to get used to the lack of physical keys.


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