A day after Vivo placed a short teaser trailer on his Weibo account, the first hands on video of the upcoming Vivo Nex 3 were published online. The video comes from the British YouTuber Arun "Mrwhosetheboss" Maini, and although it is light on details and pre-production hardware and software, it gives us a fairly comprehensive picture of the curved "display", camera and 5G connectivity of the Nex 3.
The video suggests that the early rumors that the phone has a screen-to-body ratio of "more than 100 percent" might not be entirely accurate due to the presence of small top and bottom frames, but it is still impressive how far the screen extends around the sides of the device. Vivo has even disabled the side and volume buttons for a virtual solution, presumably so that physical buttons do not get in the way of the screen. A small part of grippable plastic apparently lets your thumb know when it is on the touch sensitive part of the device. We were not fans of the virtual buttons that Vivo used on its Apex 2019 concept smartphone, but hopefully they have since been refined.
Although the sides of the phone omit the typical on / off and volume buttons, this is not the portless device that was the Apex 2019 concept phone. At the top of the Vivo Nex 3 there is a headphone jack and a secondary physical on / off button (presumably for when you have to shut down the device), as well as a pop-up selfie camera. The phone has a total of two microphones (one at the top and one at the bottom) and a single downward facing speaker next to what appears to be a USB-C port.
Apart from these details, the video does not share too many details about the Vivo Nex 3. For example, we do not know the resolution of its cameras, nor do we know which processor it uses, or how much RAM or internal storage it has. For that we have to wait for the official launch of the handset, which cannot be far away in view of this marketing blitz.