To minimize the bezels and still avoid the notch, manufacturers are busy cool new solutions. Vivo came up with a retractable front-facing camera. We first encountered the concept of the Vivo Apex but is now actually in production with a refined design in form of Vivo Nex S.
Since movable parts are much prone to get damaged with usage many are skeptical about how long can Vivo Nex S withstand the test of time. Today Zack from Jerry Rig Everything has done is signature durability test. Check out the video at the end of this article to know how well did it respond to Zack’s torture.
Vivo Nex S
The notch: some people hate it, some love it. To compete with the notch, manufacturers come up with smart ideas. There was first Vivo with the Apex, a concept phone that had a retractable selfie camera. This principle is directly put to the Vivo Nex S. This phone was announced in early June and is now available in countries such as Russia, Taiwan, India and more. Unfortunately, the device is still missing on the western market.
OPPO came with the Find X, with the entire top of the phone moving up and down. In both cases, the manufacturers eliminate the notch, and with a fingerprint scanner in the screen, they provide a very high screen-to-body ratio. I am more intrigued by Oppo’s concept than Vivo Nex. How sustainable is a moving part in a smartphone, however?
To find out, we do not have to look any further than JerryRigEverything. This YouTuber is known for his many ‘torture tests’ of smartphones with the determination of the scratch resistance of the screen, frame, and the bend test.
The camera popup mechanism, however, is surprisingly good. If you click very hard on the camera module, it will automatically go down. Holding the camera while it pops in does not work either, while Zack Nelson (his real name) tries to hold the camera with all his might. It is mentioned that the camera feels firm and does not just break, even if you press it hard. The camera is also protected by tempered glass so it won’t get scratched easily.
The bend test shows that the device is less sturdy due to the mechanism for the camera, but still sturdy enough to withstand the force applied by Zack. You can view the entire video with the Vivo Nex S below.