Vivo NEX 3S 5G is a spec upgrade for Vivo’s waterfall display flagship

Vivo NEX 3S 5G is a spec upgrade for Vivo’s waterfall display flagship

Displays took a drastic turn last year with some flagships and concepts adopting what the industry has casually termed as a “waterfall” display. Waterfall displays are displays that spill over to the sides of the phone, and we saw a few good flagships take on this challenge. Vivo launched the Vivo NEX 3 in September last year, with a waterfall display, 64MP triple rear camera setup, a pop-up front camera, and of course, 5G. Now, the company has followed up with the Vivo NEX 3S 5G.

Vivo NEX 3S 5G: Specifications

Specification Vivo NEX 3S 5G
Dimensions and Weight
  • 167.44 × 76.14 × 9.4 mm
  • 220g
  • 6.89″ FHD+ AMOLED
  • HDR 10+
  • Waterfall Display
  • In-Display fingerprint
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM and Storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 256GB UFS 3.1
  • 12GB + 256GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500 mAh battery
  • 44W fast charging
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 64MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary: 13MP, f/2.2, Wide Angle, 120-degree FoV, 2.5cm macro
  • Tertiary: 13MP, f/2.46
Front Camera 16MP, f/2.0
Other Features
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Multi-function NFC
  • Dual-frequency GPS
  • WiFi 6
Android Version Funtouch OS 10 based on Android 10

The Vivo NEX 3S 5G is a specification upgrade from last year, with the phone largely retaining the same external characteristics. This means you still get a 6.89″ waterfall AMOLED FHD+ display. Thanks to the pop-up front camera, the phone claims to achieve a 99.6% screen-to-body ratio.

Most of the changes are on the inside of the phone. For starters, you get a full upgrade on the SoC, jumping from the Snapdragon 855 Plus with the X50 5G modem last year to the Snapdragon 865 with the X55 5G modem this year. Next up, you get a jump to LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The battery size remains the same, but you get faster 44W charging. You also get WiFi 6 support, making your phone a bit more future proof. Also surprisingly, the phone retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. Camera specifications remain the same, both on the front and back.

The Vivo NEX 3S 5G will cost CNY 4998 ($720) for the base 8GB + 256GB variant and CNY 5298 ($765) for the 12GB + 256GB variant. The phone will be available in China from March 14. It is currently unknown if the phone will be made available in regions outside of China.

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

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