A new Nex phone from Vivo featuring a dual-screen design, a trio of rear cameras, and a weird LED ring appears to be on its way according to a series of leaked images and a semi-unboxing. The Vivo Nex 2, rumored for release in December, would be the successor to the Nex S phone which popularized the pop-up selfie camera.
Similar to the Nubia X, the Nex 2 reportedly features a dual-screen design in an apparent attempt to maximise the screen-to-body ratio of the front display. You just flip the phone around and use the second screen if you want to take a selfie or video call, thereby eliminating the need for a notch or bezel to accomodate a front-facing camera.
In addition to the second screen, the phone also features an RGB LED “Lunar Ring” placed around a triple-rear camera array. Apparently, one use of the ring is to glow for notifications. We don’t yet know the exact specs of the cameras, but the Nex 2 is rumored to feature a time-of-flight scanner similar to the one that impressed us earlier this year in Shanghai. The Vivo prototype we tested was able to generate a surprisingly detailed 3D model of Sam Byford’s head, making the scanner interesting for use in photography and augmented reality.