More than anything, Vivo's NEX S is a fascinating machine. From a distance, it seems like any other big-screened smartphone. Look more closely, though, and the ambition becomes strikingly clear. An in-display fingerprint sensor? A pop-up selfie camera? This is no ordinary phone. I've been using it for a few days now -- or trying to, anyway -- and it's an excellent example of a Chinese company embracing new technologies and taking risks. That said, if you were thinking about importing one from China for the sheer novelty of it all, you should really hold off.
The Nex isn't without its flaws. The software needs major work. There is no wireless charging or waterproofing. And with the 8GB RAM/256 internal storage version selling at $820, the Nex isn't cheap compared to Chinese peers. But if you're a gadget geek who's dreamed of a device that's all screen–just as sci-fi movies have depicted for decades–then the Nex is the closest thing yet.
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