Last year we heard rumors of the vivo NEX 5 – it was supposed to have an under display camera like the APEX 2020 concept phone and it was allegedly scheduled to launch in the second half of 2021. Clearly, that didn’t happen, but now rumors of the NEX 5 have started anew with even bigger promises.
Leakster Digital Chat Station points out that the current roster of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered phones have relatively short telephoto lenses – their cameras offer magnification ranging from 2x to 3.3x, if they have a tele camera at all.
The vivo NEX 5 will change that with a 5x periscope lens, according to the leakster. The rumors from last year namechecked Zeiss as a potential partner for the optics on the phone. That would be expected, considering that the two companies established the vivo Zeiss Imaging Lab to do joint development of mobile camera tech back in 2020, something that the vivo X series has benefited from.
The vivo APEX 2020 concept phone
The screen of the vivo flagship will reportedly be massive with a 7” diagonal (earlier rumors claimed 6.78”). It should be quad-curved, if the original design is preserved, but it’s not clear if the under display camera will be sticking around.
DCS writes that the phone has undergone water resistance testing, but it is unclear whether it will have an official certification. Also, wireless charging is set to go up to 50W (it was originally rumored to be 40W).
Whether you like the sound of those specs or not, don’t get too attached to the idea of the vivo NEX 5 – there is no hint from the company that a new NEX flagship really is coming.