The industry can ready itself for a Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex vs Apple iPhone X vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus clash. The recently released Find X and Nex are obviously getting a lot of attentions because of Vivo’s and Oppo’s unconventional approached at completely ditching the notch introduced by Apple on the iPhone X. Instead, these two Chinese OEMs delivered a truly bezel-less all-screen smartphones by removing the front-facing cameras incorporating those shooters on a mechanized pop-p camera modules.
In less than the space of a week, we’ve seen the official launch of the truly bezel-less all-screen smartphones — Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex. These two highly anticipated premium handset phones that take a similar but significantly different strategy at addressing the most daring design dilemma smartphone makers are currently facing:
How do they make a truly all-screen design mobile device without killing the selfie camera snapper?
Many have attempted to address this predicament with different levels of approach and innovation. Xiaomi, for an instance, was the very first to offer nearly bezel-less smartphone by initially placing the front-facing shooter to the smaller bottom most “chin” bezel with the Mi Mix series, before ultimately yielding to the most popular fix: the top notch.
An annular, wide and thin notches you can hide, or an obvious iPhone X-esque copycat cutouts — some may hate it, but the general perspective in the mobile industry now is definitely pro-notch, with a display cutout considered as a an incremental price to pay to ditch those awful bezels.
Enter Vivo and Oppo — two Chinese OEMs, both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of BBK Electronics — that have gone back to the blueprint and designed a pair of flagships with mechanized, slide-up camera setups and virtually bezel-less all-screen displays unoccupied by any notch or cutout interruption.
Yet, while both the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X offer a similar approach to the same overarching dilemma, there are still notable distinctions between the Nex and Find X. Some of you may stick with the conventional smartphone with a notch on the topmost part of the display. The million dollar question is: which is better?
The Vivo Nex, which takes the Apex concept handset’s front-facing selfie snapper we have seen at the 2018 Mobile World Congress and transforms that prototype’s whacky gimmicks into a futuristic commercialized smartphone.
When using the handset for usual use, the front-facing camera setup is hidden inside the upper chassis of the Nex. Launch the camera app and switching to the front-facing selfie mode and a minute module housing the 8MP (f/2.0) sensor automatically pops up, ready to capture those precious moments. The whole process of launching the camera app to a live front-facing live camera view takes less than a second. Vivo has already addressed all worries of the consumers regarding possible mechanical failures of the pop-up camera leading to potentially pricey repairs.
Vivo claims that the front-facing pop-up camera snapper can push up to 500g in repeated cases and its stepper motor, independent drive ICs and control algorithms allow the camera module to rise out with definite accuracy. With a special cushion structure design, the module has also undergone reliability trial runs such as drop resistance and dust resistance tryouts. According to the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, the camera system on the front can be launched repeatedly up to 50,000 times.
As Vivo Nex is brand new to the wild, it’s pretty hard to contend with the company’s soaring assurances.
The Oppo Find X, on the other side of the industry, goes full blow with the pop-up camera concept by effectively hiding an uppermost portion of the device inside its frame.
The expanded dimensions leave enough space to house the 25MP front-facing camera snapper, a small earpiece/speaker, and an IR blaster capable of 3D mapping user’s face — similar to the iPhone X’s Face ID TrueDepth Camera System — to improve the biometric security of the Oppo Find X’s O-Face unlock feature.
Moreover, the Oppo Find X doesn’t just house the selfie snapper in this mechanized slide-up setup — it also encloses the primary rear-facing cameras too. The main camera has dual-lens — a 16MP (f/2.0, PDAF) and 20MP (f/2.2) — camera and a dual-tone flash. Oppo is claiming that the Find X’s pop-up camera module can be launched and hidden for over 300,000 times.
As for comparison to other smartphones already available in the market. Insert iPhone X, Mi Mix 2S and Galaxy S9. Two bezel-less all-screen smartphones in the wild that does not fave a mechanized pop-up camera but a tiny notches of their own to house camera and other sensors.
OPPO Find X vs Vivo Nex vs iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Mi Mix 2S: Design, Display
The iPhone X has a Gorilla glass sheet on both ends — front and back — and equip with an OLED display on its 5.8-inch body and 458 ppi density. The premium flagship Oppo Find X sports a 6.42-inch AMOLED display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution and 401 ppi density and it is one of the handsets that does not feature a notch or a bottom chin bezel. Find X also has an aluminum steel frame and Gorilla glass 5 at both ends to provide maximum protections. The Vivo NEX features a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with 91.24% screen-to-body ratio. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus weighs 189 grams and ships with 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screen display. The Mi Mix 2S comes with 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 81.9% screen-to-body ratio, and 403 ppi density.
OPPO Find X vs Vivo Nex vs iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Mi Mix 2S: Power
Both the Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex ships with Qualcomm’s powerful octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC processor paired with an 8GB of RAM. While the Nex ships with a 128GB and 256GB storage models, the Find X only sells the latter variant. The iPhone X, meanwhile, got an A11 Bionic chipset that features a couple of high-performance CPU cores (Monsoon) clocked at 2.39GHz, with four Mistral CPU cores, a three-core GPU, and 3GB of RAM. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, on the other hand, features 64GB of on-board storage for base model but there are also 128GB and 256GB variants. As for the processor, the phone is powered by Exynos 9810 topped with 6GB of RAM. Mi Mix 2S features Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB RAM for the 64GB and 128GB models, and 8GB RAM for the 256GB variant.
OPPO Find X vs Vivo Nex vs iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Mi Mix 2S: Camera
OPPO Find X has a dual-lens rear-facing and single-lens front-facing camera sensors on its mechanized pop-up camera module. The back shooter has 16 + 20MP and a 25MP front snapper. Samsung’s flagship has a couple of 12MP rear cameras with the primary sensor uses changeable aperture technology. The iPhone X comes with a dual-12MP rear-facing camera and a 7MP selfie camera. The Vivo Nex has dual-lens 12MP and 5MP cameras fixed on the back. The Nex 8MP front camera is tucked on the body and only rise when the camera app is launched. The Mi Mix 2S has dual 12MP cameras on the back and 5MP on the front panel.