Vivo Nex S – Hidden Camera Durability Test! – Scratch and Bend

Vivo Nex S – Hidden Camera Durability Test! – Scratch and Bend


The Vivo Nex S is that sweet looking, bezel-less
Android smartphone with the motorized popup front facing camera, and in-screen fingerprint
scanner. Probably the most futuristic smartphone we’ve
tested so far this year. Even though it looks epic from the outside,
I’m honestly more excited to take this one apart and review it from the inside. But, like always, we got to test it first
while it’s all in one piece. Let’s get started. [Intro] Right off the bat this thing looks incredible. Full screen design with no notch just looks
good. The colorful edge to edge display is impressive
all by itself, but we aren’t really here to talk about the screen. There is so much other weird tech inside of
this phone to check out, starting with that camera. It just pops out of the top like a daisy in
springtime. It activates by poking out like an accessory
on R2-D2 each time I turn on the front facing camera. And then it retracts as soon as I switch back
to the rear camera or exit the app. The sound you hear isn’t the actual sound
the hardware is making. It’s an added affect. There are actually 3 sounds. I’m going to leave mine muted, but if you’re
looking to impress your friends or show off the mechanical extremity of your phone, the
extra sound is a nice effect. The extended camera niblet does feel very
solid. There is no wiggle to the block. And when I press down hard on that camera,
it will dip in for just a second and then come back up, or retract all the way if I
press in too hard. It’s still very firm though, and feels like
it can handle it’s own. The only way to know for sure will be to see
how solid those tracks are from the inside, and see how the lifting mechanism is made. But for now, it seems like it can handle normal
abuse. Even when I try to hold the camera out while
it’s pulling itself inside, the first time the motor is strong enough to yank the camera
from my grip. But the second time, the gears spin for a
second and then succeed in pulling it back. It’s surprisingly strong. Thumbs up for that. We’ll come back to the front camera in a second,
but now let’s see what else the phone has to offer. It’s definitely nice of Vivo to include a
plastic screen protector on both sides of the phone. Any protection is good protection. Now we can start with the scratch test. There is no mention of Gorilla Glass on this
Nex S, but since we’ve made it past the level 3 pick, we know the screen is not plastic. We start seeing scratches at a level 6, with
deeper grooves at a level 7, meaning we’re looking at tempered glass. Sapphire would be a level 8 unless, of course,
it’s Apple’s sapphire, that’s still a level 6. You might have noticed that there is no earpiece
on this phone. It doesn’t pop out with a robotic camera on
top either. The Vivo says it uses vibrations instead of
a speaker. It’s definitely a weird thing that takes some
getting used to, but it works. No matter where you put your ear on the frame
of the phone, you can hear sound imminating from the device…kind of like those bone
conduction speakers. For example, this is what a normal earpiece
sounds like. This is coming out of an iPhone 8. It’s pretty standard across all smartphones
with a little speaker inside the earpiece. You can’t discern one smartphone from the
other just by the earpiece inside of the phone. Unless, of course, there is no earpiece speaker
inside of the phone. This is what it sounds like from inside the
Vivo S Nex. It’s done through vibrations instead of a
speaker, and pretty much sounds the same no matter where you’re listening on the phone,
since the vibrations encompass the whole frame. It sounds a lot like a speaker phone, but
contained in a much smaller area. Another successfully hidden component is the
fingerprint scanner hidden underneath the display. I tested this previously with the Vivo X20,
and even with scratches on the glass, the Vivo Nex S still functions. Hiding the scanner under the screen is pretty
impressive – technologically and physically. I made a super in-depth video on what that
particular component looks like with the Vivo X20. It’s pretty magical. With a closeup look at this Nex display, you
can’t even see where the scanner is hidden, so they’re doing a pretty good job. The sides of the phone are made from metal,
including the volume button and power button. At the top of the phone we have our headphone
jack, which is incredible. Vivo has a bezel-less, notch-less phone and
still includes that headphone jack…while Apple’s over there claiming there’s no room
and dongles are the way to the future. Last time I checked, Apple’s sold 23 different
dongles, so you know what direction Apple’s taking their innovation. Taking a closer look at the front facing 8
megapixel camera. The metal housing is solid with no loose movements
in any direction. The camera lens is made from glass, which
is important because aluminum is lower on the hardness scale than glass is, which means
no matter how many times the lens extrudes out of the phone, it won’t ever get scratched
up by the metal right next to it…even if it ends up rubbing a bit. A scratched up camera lens would be annoying. The back of the camera has more metal and
a little auto-lifting logo on the back. I’m still excited to see it from the inside,
but I’ll be patient. This phone is not water-resistant by the way. The Vivo Nex has a textured assistant button
on the side. This guy’s name is Jovi. I don’t know what his competency is compared
to Bixby, Siri, or Google, but he is there permanently. The bottom of the phone has our standard USB-C
charging port and a dual SIM card tray. Fun fact, if you ever still your little tool
in the wrong hole, like this little microphone hole right here off to the side of the tray,
it probably won’t cause any damage since the microphones are placed off at an angle inside
the phone and the tool only goes straight in. The psychedelic back panel is pretty intense. Instead of Vivo just picking one color, we
get all the colors. It is glass, which makes me think that a clear
phone might be a real possibility. I’ll have to give that a try. Let me know in the comments if you want to
see that one. One thing I would change is that this camera
setup is doing the whole death sensor blurred background thing. I still prefer an extra telephoto or wide-angle
camera lens over a blurred background feature. A blurred background can basically be accomplished
with just one lens anyway. The dual color LED flash is also under the
glass on this one. And now for the burn test. This wall to wall, 6.6 inch AMOLED display
lasted quite a while. A burn test is basically a mandatory, yet
semi-pointless stepping stone to get to the next event. Kind of like what algebra is to graduation. The Nex lasted an impressive 16 seconds under
the heat from my lighter, which coincidentally is about how long I lasted in math class. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t yet. The structural bend test is next. We’ll see if the motorized rails inside of
the frame compromise the structural integrity of the phone. There is a little more bend than I’m comfortable
seeing, but still no cracked glass or catastrophic failure no matter what side the pressure is
applied from. So I’m very pleased to report that this technologically
advanced metal and glass sandwich passes my durability test…even the protrudy bits. Phones passing my test is a very good thing. It means that manufacturers are putting thought
into construction and the longevity of our devices, which is good for us as consumers
and our wallets, but also the planet. Phones are pretty hard to recycle, so the
longer they last, the better. Now we just need Vivo to bring their stuff
here to the United States. Only China, India, Russia, Malaysia, Hong
Kong, and Taiwan get the cool phones at the moment. No US or UK, unfortunately. I’ll keep the description updated if that
changes. And come hang out with me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks a ton for watching, and I’ll see you
around.

100 thoughts on “Vivo Nex S – Hidden Camera Durability Test! – Scratch and Bend

  1. 😱 omg wow you test every single phone i thing so
    I thing in future you have an extra Job offering some company in future for bend test
    Bro i want a test of VIVO y53i which was a ant for you to test Plz try

  2. I came to this channel believing there would be an objective review of each phone, with each having pros and cons. Instead I’ve noticed apple gets all of the cons pointed out with little pros, and pretty much any Android makes it away Scott-free.

  3. I love and hate these videos bc my family is broke and the fact that someone is just breaking these expensive and new phones make me so salty

  4. calls from the vivo nex s sound like when you get one of those cold call scammers and it goes to a bot that sounds muffled to fake a human voice.

  5. 5 years later
    > Apple releases bezeless phone
    >Apple claims they were the first to do it
    >Everyone believes them

  6. People speculate about how the camera motor might malfunction after some time, I don't know, I feel like I would destroy this phone earlier than this will ever happen.

  7. I wonder if someome to put a tape on the popup camera and turn on the front camera, what will happen to it? Since I am working in a factory where a phone camera's need to be seal up with black tape, company privacy purpose so u know.. let me know if someone experience this.

  8. Apple no room for headphone jack android ahh we still have space for a jack and a motorised camera

    Oh did I forget a projector?

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