Oppo Find X First Impressions

Oppo Find X First Impressions

Oppo Find X price in India is Rs. 59,990

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Oppo Find X’s cameras are tucked into a hidden slider
  • It will be available in the country starting August 3
  • The smartphone comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

The Oppo Find X is the Chinese company’s latest flagship in the Find series, and it was launched in India on Thursday. Oppo Find X’s most unique and interesting feature is a camera slider that allows its front face to be completely dominated by the screen. This marks the comeback of Oppo’s Find series, which has not been refreshed since the launch of the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7aback in 2014. The Oppo Find X is the most expensive model in Oppo’s India lineup. The Oppo Find X price in India is Rs. 59,990 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and there are no other configurations. A limited Automobili Lamborghini Edition was also announced at the event but is not coming to the Indian market as of now.

Key specifications of the Oppo Find X include a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and the unique camera slider that houses the selfie camera as well as the dual rear cameras. This smartphone, much like other offerings in Oppo’s lineup, runs ColorOS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone will be available exclusively on Flipkart online, but also across Oppo’s offline stores. It is one of the most unique smartphones available right now, but can it compete with flagships such as the iPhone X (Review), Samsung Galaxy S9 (Review), Huawei P20 Pro (Review), and OnePlus 6 (Review)? We spent some time with the Oppo Find X and here are our first impressions.

 

We got access to a Chinese unit of the handset, as the Indian units are not yet available for testing. With a large 6.42-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED display, the Oppo Find X looks sleek. The 19.5:9 aspect ratio means that the resolution is 1080×2340 pixels, making this phone taller than usual. There is no notch, which gives the phone a seamless design. The Find X comes with iPhone X-like gestures. These include swiping up from the bottom (in the middle) to go to the home screen, swiping up and pausing to open the app switcher, and swiping up from a corner to go back.

At first glance, there is nothing of interest on the back of the Oppo Find X. There is no fingerprint sensor, which means you are stuck without any other biometric unlocking solution. You will have to use a passcode or pattern to unlock the phone quickly. The rear cameras are also hidden thanks to the camera slider. There is, however, an Oppo logo and “Find X – Designed by Oppo” branding. On the left of the smartphone are the volume control buttons, and the lock/ power key is on the right. The USB Type-C port and SIM card tray, which supports two Nano SIM cards, are on the bottom.

The design is one of the highlights of the Oppo Find X. It comes in Red and Blue colour options, both of which are extremely glossy and great to look at. It feels slippery in the hand, but the width is just right. This might not be the most power- and feature-packed phone on the planet, but it’s definitely one you’d love to show off.

oppo find x fi inline Oppo Find X

 

The camera slider is triggered when trying to unlock the phone using facial recognition, and also slides out when using the stock camera app or any third-party one. It does not snap out, and vibrates while it is sliding into place. It goes back in slowly and you might have to wait a couple of seconds before putting the phone back into your pocket. The front of the slider houses the 25-megapixel selfie camera and sensors for the O-Face 3D face recognition technology, which Oppo claims is similar to how Face ID works on the iPhone X. The rear of the slider sports the 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel rear camera combo. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our full review in which we will extensively test the performance of all the cameras on Oppo’s 2018 flagship.

At its core, the Oppo Find X is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, which is now the primary choice for premium flagships globally. The Oppo Find X has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, so performance shouldn’t be much of an issue. Initial impressions suggest that this phone is quite snappy, and we didn’t experience any lag in the few minutes that we got to spend with a sample unit at the launch event. We will soon be able to test the Indian version of this phone in real-world conditions to see how well it performs.

The Oppo Find X runs the heavily customised ColorOS 5.1 UI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. As stated earlier, the unit we tested was the Chinese variant, and it did not have common Google apps including the Play Store. Instead, we found dozens of preloaded Chinese apps, including WeChat, Ctrip, Taobao, Alipay, 58Life, Weibo, Amap, and Baidu. We will have to wait till we receive the Indian unit for testing to comment on the preloaded apps and the amount of bloat in the software.

Let’s talk about some of the software features that this phone brings to the table. The first one is 3D Omoji, which makes use of the 3D facial recognition sensors on the handset. There are 5-6 animal characters but users can create their custom avatars as well. Initial impressions suggest that the AR-based emoji characters read face movement well but perform poorly when detecting lip movement. Interestingly, Oppo India’s website does not mention this feature, so it might not be supported on the Indian units.

Face recognition with the Oppo Find X is pleasant enough. Setting it up is extremely easy; it takes a few seconds to register your face and the phone gives you a choice of activating face recognition when you press the lock button or after you swipe up. Either way, it accurately reads the saved facial pattern. While the camera slider opens up pretty quickly, we would have liked it to be instantaneous. Additionally, there seems to be no way to manually push out the slider. Also, it’s worth noting that Oppo is not advertising any sort of waterproofing on the Find X, which sets it apart from other phones at this price level.

The Oppo Find X also features a large 3730mAh battery that should be enough to last through an entire day. If not, the Find X comes with Oppo’s VOOC charging technology, and the company claims that you can get two hours of battery life with just 5 minutes of charging. We will also test the phone’s battery performance in our full review, coming up soon.

Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for an extensive review of the Oppo Find X’s performance, battery, software, and cameras, and to find out whether or not this phone is worth the Rs. 59,990 price tag.


Are Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X revolutionary phones or overpriced prototypes? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Oppo Find X

Oppo Find X

  • KEY SPECS
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Display6.42-inch
Processor2.5GHz octa-core
Front Camera25-megapixel
Resolution1080x2340 pixels
RAM8GB
OSAndroid 8.1
Storage256GB
Rear Camera16-megapixel
Battery Capacity3730mAh
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Moto E5 Plus Review

Moto E5 Plus Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Moto E5 Plus is priced at Rs. 11,999 in India
  • It runs a near-stock build of Android
  • Battery life is stellar but the cameras are sub-standard

Soon after launching the Moto G6 (Review) and Moto G6 Play (Review) in India, Lenovo’s Motorola is back with the Moto E5 Plus, which has a hefty 5,000mAh battery, an expansive 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and a near stock build of Android at an attractive price.

Competition in the sub Rs. 15,000 segment is heating up and smartphones such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1(Review) have set new benchmarks in terms of what to expect from a smartphone in this category. Manufacturers can no longer get by with pushing outdated processors and stale designs. Can the fifth generation of Motorola’s popular E series bring the fight to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 as well as the popular Redmi Note 5 (Review)? Let’s find out.

 

Moto E5 Plus design

The Moto E5 Plus is pretty much a thicker and chunkier version of the Moto G6 Play. Weighing in at 197g with dimensions of 160.9 x 75.3 x 9.35mm, the Moto E5 Plus is quite a bulky phone. Much of the heft can be attributed to the large 5,000mAh battery inside. While the Moto G6 Play is compact and easy to hold, the Moto E5 Plus is rather unwieldy. It is too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand.

This phone looks more premium than it feels. The plastic back has a high-gloss finish in a bid to imitate glass, and it works to an extent. From a distance, it is hard to distinguish between the Moto G6, which has an actual glass back, and the Moto E5 Plus. However, the plastic back of the latter gets scratched very easily and is a huge fingerprint magnet. It is also very slippery – we found ourselves dropping the phone on more than one occasion. On the plus side, plastic is less likely to shatter than glass.

Just like the Moto G6 Play, the fingerprint sensor on the Moto E5 Plus is embedded within the Motorola batwing logo at the back. The setup process is quite slow but the sensor is quick, accurate, and ergonomically placed. The back panel also houses what might at first appear to be a dual-camera setup, but in actuality is just a laser autofocus sensor alongside a single 12-megapixel camera.

MotoE5Plus Inline Moto E5 Plus

 

The left edge of the smartphone is blank except for the SIM tray which has separate slots for two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. The right edge houses the volume rocker and the power button, which are small but tactile. The earpiece doubles up as a speaker, and the sound it produces is loud, but shrill and tinny.

A microphone and a Micro-USB port can be found at the bottom. The use of a Micro-USB port is a bit disappointing at a time when the industry has started transitioning to the new USB Type-C standard.

Moto E5 Plus specifications and display

The Moto E5 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. In contrast, the competing Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, which also has a 5000mAh battery, is powered by the much more powerful Snapdragon 636.

Priced at Rs. 11,999, the sole configuration on offer has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card (of up to 128GB). The biggest USP of the Moto E5 Plus is its 5,000mAh battery, which Motorola claims is good for 18 hours of non-stop video playback. Connectivity options on the handset include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5mm jack, and a Micro-USB port. NFC is not supported, and neither is the 5GHz Wi-Fi band. It supports dual SIMs (Nano) but only one can run at 4G speeds at a time, with the other limited to 3G speeds.

Moto E5Plus Inline2 Moto E5 Plus

 

The Moto E5 Plus has a 6-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS LCD screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen is not exactly borderless, and the chin is pretty significant. On the Moto G6, this space houses the fingerprint sensor, but here it feels like a waste.

Viewing angles are decent and colours are vibrant enough for the price, but the panel is dim and and very reflective. Additionally, text and images are not very sharp, as a result of the lacklustre HD+ resolution, and pixelation is visible to the naked eye when reading text. On a positive note, the Moto E5 Plus has a stellar always-on display feature that allows for quick replies to messages right from the lock screen, and a blue light filter that can be triggered at set times.

Moto E5 Plus performance and software

The Moto E5 Plus is fairly capable of handling basic day-to-day tasks such as watching YouTube videos, taking the occasional picture, light Web browsing, and using social media applications. That said, we did experience some keyboard lags, and occasional stutters and slowdowns throughout our review period. With multiple apps open in the background or more than a dozen tabs open in Chrome, we could feel the effects of the relatively under-powered processor. At least this smartphone does not heat up when pushed.

As expected, benchmark scores were quite average. The Moto E5 Plus managed 56,264 points in AnTuTu, 623 and 2098 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests, 3,747 in PC Mark’s Work 2.0 benchmark, 10fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, and 26fps in GFXBench T-Rex. Games like Subway Surfers and Asphalt 8 exhibit occasional frame-rate drops and stutters, but are playable on the whole.

MotoE5Plus Inline3 Moto E5 PlusMoto Actions, the four pre-installed applications and notification shortcuts

 

One thing that helps the Moto E5 Plus run somewhat smoothly is Motorola’s well-optimised software package. The smartphone runs a near-stock version of Android 8.0 with the March 2018 security patch installed. Motorola has added a few features such as an always-on display, three-finger screenshot shortcut, swipe gesture to toggle one-handed mode, and Attentive Display, which keeps the screen on while you are looking at it. Oddly enough, the most iconic and useful Moto Actions, the chop gesture to turn on the flashlight and double-twist to launch the camera app, are missing. Their presence in the international version of the Moto E5 Plus makes the omission even more disappointing.

Four applications – The Weather Channel, Instagram, Outlook, and LinkedIn – come pre-loaded. This amount of bloat is minimal but is still unfortunate. Outlook and LinkedIn cannot be uninstalled but thankfully The Weather Channel and Instagram can.

Face recognition, a feature that is now common on most smartphones even in this price segment, is missing. Thankfully, the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate.

Moto E5 Plus cameras and battery life

There’s no secondary sensor or AI wizardry for the camera on the back – just a single 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.0 accompanied by an LED flash. On the front, there’s a 5-megapixel selfie camera with its own dedicated flash. Motorola has tried its best to make it look like there’s a dual-camera setup though. The laser autofocus sensor is housed right next to the primary camera, which quite successfully gives the impression of a second lens, at least from a distance.

The rear camera comes with its share of problems – the dynamic range is poor and it has a tendency to overexpose shots. Photos taken at night look muddy and over-sharpened, and the camera bumps up the ISO which makes images look unnaturally bright. This is something we noticed with the Moto G6 Play as well. Shots taken in favourable light fare better. The level of detail is lacking but colours are accurate.

The story is pretty much the same with the front sensor. It struggles in low light, producing noisy images that lack detail, but performs just about decently in the day. The front flash does help quite a bit at night.

Tap to see full-sized Moto E5 Plus camera samples

 

The camera app has a fully featured Pro Mode that allows you to adjust the white balance, ISO, exposure, and shutter speed. Video capture maxes out at 1080p (30fps) for the both the front and rear cameras. Videos shot with the front camera are jittery and lack detail. We were quite impressed with the electronic image stabilisation for the rear sensor, but the lack of detail in videos let us down a little.

In our HD video loop battery test, the phone managed to chug along for 11 hours and 30 minutes, which is a reasonable, if not a particularly great score; with a 5,000mAh battery under the hood, we expected more. Thankfully, real-world performance is stellar. The phone breezed through a day of moderate to intensive use, and still had about 50 percent left at the end. Our usage involved an hour or two of navigation using Google Maps, a generous dose of social media applications, games such as Asphalt 8, and taking a dozen or so selfies and pictures.

With moderate use, you can extract two full days of battery life out of this phone. Thanks to the HD+ display, there are less pixels to push and Motorola’s software package is as optimised as ever. The 10W rapid charger that Motorola ships in the box took the smartphone from an empty tank to 36 percent in 60 minutes. The lack of Motorola’s trademark TurboCharger is disappointing, especially for a phone with such a large battery.


Moto E5 Plus in pictures

 

Verdict
The Moto E5 Plus delivers on the promise of exceptional battery life and has a design that imitates its higher-priced siblings. The software is well optimised and is quite close to stock Android. However, it does little to stand out in a segment dominated by heavyweights such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1(Review), Redmi Note 5 (Review), and Realme 1 (Review). The cameras are sub-standard, performance is just about okay, and the display is nothing to write home about. The lack of iconic Moto actions such as the double-twist, which have become well associated with Motorola phones, further reduces the smartphone’s appeal.

Road warriors should should definitely consider the Moto E5 Plus. Others would be better served by the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, which is less expensive but features a more powerful processor and a higher-resolution display. Availability issues continue to plague Asus’s smartphone though, and it is hard to find it in stock. Oppo’s Realme 1 is another option has a powerful powerful processor and is relatively easier to buy, making it also worth considering.

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  • Bad
  • Middling performance
  • Sub-standard cameras
  • Low-res display
  • Heavy and unwieldy
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Vivo Nex Review

Vivo Nex Review

Vivo Nex price in India is Rs. 44,990

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Vivo Nex has been priced at Rs. 44,990 in India
  • The camera module pops up from within the chassis
  • The display is superb but the in-display fingerprint scanner is iffy

Ever since we first saw them, screen notches have been a contentious issue in smartphone design. What cannot be denied is that the notch is a compromise – conceived in order to make the narrow-bordered smartphones of today a reality. The front camera, earpiece and sensors have to go somewhere, and notches have so far been the solution.

In order to get rid of the notch, Vivo has made some bold and risky design choices. The fingerprint scanner has found its way beneath the display, and the front camera is housed in a pop-up mechanism. The earpiece has also been replaced with a motor that vibrates the front glass, and the ambient light sensor lives below the display.

The Nex is undoubtedly Vivo’s most ambitious smartphone to date. It has been priced at Rs. 44,990 in India and is definitely one of the most unique smartphones available right now. Can it compete with flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Review), OnePlus 6 (Review), and Asus’s recently launched ZenFone 5Z (Review)? Let’s find out in our full review.

 

Vivo Nex design

Let’s cut to the chase – the Vivo Nex is the most beautiful smartphone that Vivo has ever released. As with all 2018 flagships, you get a premium blend of glass and metal. The glass back has a grey speckled pattern and strikes the right compromise between bling and subtlety. There are no other colour options. The build quality is top-notch, and this phone feels incredibly solid in the hand.

With no notch on the display, the front fascia has a seamless look. There is a slim chin at the bottom, and a faint border around other sides of the display, but it still looks impressive.

Weighing in at 199g with dimensions of 162x77x7.98mm, the Vivo Nex is quite a hefty phone, bordering on phablet territory. It’s far too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand. In fact, we found it slightly cumbersome to use even with both hands.

The rear is extremely slippery and we ended up dropping the Nex more than a couple of times during our testing period. It’s also a major fingerprint magnet.

VivoNex Inline1 Vivo Nex

 

The USP of the Vivo Nex is the pop-up module for the 8-megapixel front camera. It takes one second to rise, and is accompanied by a slightly cheesy sci-fi sound, which thankfully can be turned off. It is a novelty to play around with at first.

Given the additional moving parts, the question of long-term durability comes in. While the mechanism feels quite solid and does not wobble in the slightest, we cannot know for sure how well it will stand up to regular use and abuse until the phone starts selling and people get to use it for extended periods. We are also worried about how badly this phone could get damaged if it falls with the camera module extended.

As stated above, the fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display glass, and it works well enough but is not in the same league as the physical ones we have become used to. The CMOS sensor is located a little above the on-screen home button, and the display shows an icon to guide you where to place your finger. The placement is convenient and we got used to touching the fingerprint icon on the screen very easily. The learning curve is not as steep as expected and touching the screen to unlock the phone became a part of our normal routine in no time.

It’s quicker than the in-display sensor on the Vivo X21 (Review), which was the first smartphone in the world with this feature, but accuracy is still spotty. It works well 8 out of 10 times on average, and when it doesn’t, the novelty turns into an irritant. The setup process is also slow and cumbersome. It takes multiple tries at times for your fingerprint to be recognised, and the angle has to be just right.

VivoNex Inline2 Vivo Nex

 

Vivo has also done away with a normal earpiece and has instead replaced it with a motor that vibrates the display glass itself. Vivo calls this technology Screen SoundCasting, and it works much the same as bone conduction. The technology is definitely impressive but it needs a lot of work to be a viable solution. We found it hard to hear callers, with their voices coming across as muffled and indistinct. This really impacts day-to-day use and is a major irritant.

The power and volume buttons on the right edge are ergonomically placed. On the left is an ‘AI’ button, which can be be pressed once to invoke Google Lens, or long-pressed to call on Google Assistant. We would have liked it to be re-mappable to perform any other function.

The USB Type-C port at the bottom is flanked by a loudspeaker and the SIM tray, which has separate slots for two Nano-SIM cards. There is no microSD slot. The single loudspeaker gets reasonably loud but is very shrill and tinny. At a time when most flagships feature capable stereo speakers, such lacklustre sound just does not cut it.

In what is surely a direct result of the pop-up front-facing camera, the Vivo Nex is neither waterproof nor dustproof, so potential buyers should be careful with this smartphone. Vivo includes a high-quality case with a rubber finish on the top, which feels good in the hand. The box also contains a fast charger, a USB Type-C cable, and a pair of earphones that sound surprisingly good.

Vivo Nex specifications and display

The dual-SIM Vivo Nex is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM. The 128GB of internal storage should be more than enough for most buyers, but it is sadly not expandable. The Vivo Nex features a 4,000mAh battery that supports Vivo’s proprietary fast charging protocol. There’s a 6.59-inch full-HD+ (1080×2316 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a 19.3:9 aspect ratio. This phone also runs FuntouchOS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. There is no official news regarding an Android P update yet.

VivoNex Inline4 Vivo Nex

 

The smartphone has connectivity options including dual 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This phone supports dual SIMs (Nano) and both can simultaneously latch onto 4G networks.

The 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display is the star of the show here. With a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent, it dominates the front of the smartphone and looks striking. The viewing angles are superb, colours are vivid, and blacks are inky and deep. The maximum brightness is impressive, and the display also gets dim enough for comfortable use in a dark room. There is a nifty night mode that that can be triggered at set times. A Quad-HD display would have been the icing on the cake, but the lack of pixels is only really noticeable on extremely text-heavy screens.

Vivo has moved the ambient light sensor to below the display and it works well enough. We had no problems with it during our review period.

Vivo Nex performance, software, and battery life

Apart from a few software niggles that we’ll get to in a moment, performance was pretty much top-notch. With the Snapdragon 845 under the hood, the Vivo Nex handled everything from simple day-to-day tasks to intensive workloads with ease. With 8GB of RAM, our review unit kept most apps running in the background, even those left unused for a full day.

Gaming on the phone is also quite a pleasurable experience. Games like Asphalt 8 look gorgeous on the 19.3:9 screen and run flawlessly, with minimal load times and no lag or stutter to speak of. As always, we put the Vivo Nex through benchmark tests and found that it scored 262,553 in AnTuTu 7; just shy of the OnePlus 6’s score of 268,385. It also scored 33fps in GFXBench Car Chase, 55fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, and 2,457 and 9,119 in Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively.

Vivo’s Funtouch OS has taken a lot of inspiration from iOS. There is no app drawer, and there is even a Control Center which houses all the quick toggles that are usually found in the notifications shade. The OS is reasonably fluid and snappy, and is loaded with features.

There’s a lot going on in terms of gestures and shortcuts, and many of them are inspired by the iPhone X (Review). The navigation gestures are a bit of a mixed bag. While most of them are smooth and easy to use, the gesture to invoke recent apps, which requires holding the screen and then sliding up, is choppy and very slow.

VivoNex Inline3 Vivo NexThe iOS-like Control Center, cluttered settings menu, and pre-installed apps

 

Then there are other gestures such as turning on the flashlight by shaking the phone, launching apps by tracing alphabets on the screen when it is off, and answering calls by lifting the phone to your ear. The sheer number of these gestures and customisation options will be appreciated by some, but many users could just get overwhelmed.

We experienced multiple app crashes throughout our review period, and some applications refused to play well with the Vivo Nex’s 19.3:9 screen aspect ratio. The user interface is also in need of simplification. For example, there are 35 submenus in the Settings app and there’s no search function. The amount of bloat is also disappointing, especially for a flagship smartphone. Newspoint, UC Browser, Amazon, WPS Office, Amazon Prime Video, PhonePe and Facebook are preinstalled. Thankfully, all of them can be removed.

The Vivo Nex does not offer face recognition. The Oppo Find X, which has many similarities to the Vivo Nex, does have this feature despite its sliding camera mechanism. With the fingerprint scanner acting up at times, we missed face recognition as a quick way to unlock our phone.

Battery life is quite fantastic, and we never had any anxiety about running out of power. We got through a 12-hour day with about 40 percent left at the end, which is quite impressive. Our usage involved around two hours of navigation using Google Maps, frequent use of social media applications including WhatsApp and Twitter, games such as Asphalt 8, and taking a dozen or so selfies and photos.

Our HD video loop test ran for a solid 16 hours and 23 minutes, which is one of the best scores we have seen in this segment. The huge fast charger that Vivo includes in the box takes the phone from zero to about 50 percent in 40-45 minutes, which is handy, but slower than OnePlus’s Dash Charge system.

Vivo Nex cameras

On the imaging front, Vivo’s flagship smartphone has a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel IMX363 primary sensor and four-axis OIS, along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The front camera has an 8-megapixel resolution. As stated above, its mechanism takes about a second to pop up. We were not really bothered by this, but selfie enthusiasts who love capturing spontaneous moments might find this a bit frustrating.

We were quite impressed with the quality of photos taken with the rear camera. The level of detail was impressive, colours were rich and vibrant, and the autofocus was precise and accurate. There was also little to no shutter lag, and the dynamic range was good. Thanks to the four-axis OIS, images taken at night also came out sharp and detailed.

As with most flagships these days, the rear camera can recognise objects or scenes being shot and optimise its settings accordingly. Some people might find the colours to be overexaggerated, and might prefer more neutral tones. The portrait mode is also slightly iffy, with sub-standard edge detection around objects.

Tap to see full-sized Vivo Nex camera samples

 

The selfie camera is a disappointment. Not only is it laggy, but it also has a tendency to overexpose shots. It captures a decent amount of detail in well-lit situations but struggles in low-light. Images taken at night look very soft and have a fair bit of noise. There is a beautify mode in the camera app which works pretty much as you would expect.

AR stickers are implemented well and are a good way to impress friends. They can be used with both the front and the rear camera. There is a fully featured professional mode in the camera application as well which allows you to alter the ISO, exposure, shutter speed and white balance.

Video recording maxes out at 1080p for the front camera, while the rear one is capable of 4K video recording. Videos shot with the rear cameras are detailed and quite stable, thanks to the four axis optical image stabilisation. Slow-motion video is capped at 1080p. The resultant videos are quite good but we did experience flickering in unfavourable light.


Vivo Nex in pictures

 

Verdict
The Vivo Nex is a smartphone from the future which is gorgeous, immensely powerful, and loaded with impressive technologies. The OLED screen is superb, the rear camera is competent, and battery life is impressive. However, the software has niggles, the fingerprint scanner is unreliable, calls are hard to hear, and many flagship features such as waterproofing and wireless charging are conspicuous by their absence. In fact, these issues overshadow the phone’s powerful processor.

Even though the Nex has a lot going for it, we would advise buyers to hold off until all the technology matures and the day-to-day annoyances are sorted out. Flagship offerings from the likes of Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung are more polished and easier to live with.

As of now, the Vivo Nex is best looked upon as a technology showcase, rather than owned as a daily driver. However, if you can live with the compromises, it does deliver a certain excitement. The Vivo Nex is far from perfect, and using it can get quite frustrating at times, but it is undeniably desirable.


Are Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X revolutionary phones or overpriced prototypes? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Vivo Nex

Vivo Nex

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Competent rear camera
  • Vivid display
  • Gorgeous design
  • Powerful processor
  • Great battery life
  • Bad
  • Problematic fingerprint scanner
  • Average front camera
  • Poor front earpiece
  • Software niggles
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  • Vivo Nex (Black, 128GB, 8GB RAM) –
    New Launch
    Buy

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Sale Today on Flipkart and Mi.com, Both Variants Up for Grabs

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Sale Today on Flipkart and Mi.com, Both Variants Up for Grabs

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999
  • It comes in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants
  • The smartphone will be available via Flipkart and Mi.com

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro will go on sale in India today at flash sales scheduled for 12pm IST. The popular Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone comes in two variants, 4GB RAM AND 6GB RAM, and both will be available for purchase in the flash sale today. As before, fans can head to Flipkart and Mi.com to get a chance to buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Xiaomi smartphone competes with the likes of Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Realme 1 in the Indian market.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India, specifications

The Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India is Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM variant, and Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM option.

 

As for the specifications, the dual-SIM Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro runs MIUI 9-based on Android Nougat. The handset also has the identical 5.99-inch full-HD (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, 450-nit brightness, 83 percent NTSC colour gamut, and 2.5D curved glass. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and has a rear-facing fingerprint sensor.

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel primary sensor sporting an aperture of f/2.2 and a 1.25-micron pixel size, while the 5-megapixel secondary sensor has a f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size. There is also an LED flash on the back. On the front, the smartphone has a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor that is accompanied by an LED selfie-light module.

There is 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Further, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. It packs a 4000mAh battery and weighs 181 grams.

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Redmi Note 5 Pro

Redmi Note 5 Pro

Rs.15,910
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Bright and vivid display
  • Good build quality
  • Competent cameras
  • Great value
  • Bad
  • Fast charger not bundled
  • Lacks USB Type-C
  • Preinstalled bloatware
BUY AT
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Blue, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.15,910
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.15,996
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM) –
    Rs.15,999
  • Refurbished – Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (64GB, 4GB RAM)
    COD not available
    Rs.12,999

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