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vivo has announced a successor of the vivo NEX 3 5G, although it’s more of a minor refresh than a proper replacement. It’s called vivo NEX 3S 5G and it becomes apparent even from the name itself that the changes are cosmetic.

The most significant upgrade is on the inside, where the NEX 3S 5G comes with a Snapdragon 865 chipset employing the 5G-capable Snapdragon X55 modem supporting NSA + SA. There’s also a bump in the memory and storage speeds.

The memory is now LPDDR5 instead of LPDDR4X offering a 29% increase in bandwidth while the storage inside goes up to 256GB and is of the UFS 3.1 kind offering even better performance than the current UFS 3.0-powered smartphones.

vivo NEX 3S 5G
vivo NEX 3S 5G

The handset features the same 6.89-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with extreme curvature but this time supporting HDR10+ instead of just HDR10.

The camera setup is unchanged over the NEX 3 – 64MP main unit with f/1.8 aperture, 13MP f/2.5 telephoto and a 13MP ultrawide snapper with f/2.2 lens. The motorized pop-up unit houses the 16MP selfie camera along with an LED flash.

A 4,500 mAh battery is on board supporting vivo’s 44W fast charging tech for quick top-ups. There’s also a new Orange color variant in addition to the already existing Black and Blue.

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vivo NEX 3S 5G Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 26(850), 20(800), 25(1900), 28(700), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • 5G: 5G band 1(2100), 3(1800), 41(2500), 77(3700), 78(3500), 79(4700); SA/NSA
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A; 5G
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Launch

  • Announced: 2020, March 10
  • Status: Coming soon. Exp. release 2020, March 14

Design

  • Dimensions: 167.4 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm (6.59 x 3.00 x 0.37 in)
  • Weight: 219.5 g (7.76 oz)
  • Build: Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame
  • Colours: Black, Blue, Orange
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display

  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 6.89 inches, 119.3 cm2 (~93.6% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2256 pixels (~363 ppi density)
  • HDR10+

Operating System

  • Android 10.0; Funtouch 10.0

Hardware

  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • Storage: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
  • Memory Card slot: No
  • UFS 3.1

Cameras

  • Main Camera: Triple
    • 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
    • 13 MP, f/2.5, 52mm (telephoto), PDAF, 2x optical zoom
    • 13 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), PDAF
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS
  • Selfie Camera: Single – Motorized pop-up 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm
  • Features: LED flash, HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
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Multimedia

  • Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • 32-bit/192kHz audio

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • NFC: Yes
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery

  • Battery Type & Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast battery charging 44W
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vivo NEX 3S 5G Price and Availability

The starting price of the smartphone in China is CNY 4,998 ($720) for the 8GB/256GB version and CNY 5,298 ($760) for the beefier 12GB/256GB model. Both will be available starting March 14

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