Teardown Shows Operation of Vivo Nex’s Extending Front Camera Module

A teardown from MyFixGuide shows that the extendable front camera module of the recently unveiled Vivo Nex smartphone uses, among other things, a metal spring that prevents the module from getting too far out of the housing.

According to MyFixGuide, the spring is also able to absorb any shocks and can therefore somewhat protect the module. The extension mechanism is located to the right of the spring and works with a small motor to which a metal rod with fine thread is attached.

Another signature feature of the Vivo Nex is the lack of the traditional speaker on the top; that has been exchanged for a technique in which the entire screen vibrates and acts as a loudspeaker during a telephone conversation, for example. The piezoelectric loudspeaker works by a vibrating motor which is pressed against the top of the screen. The vibrations produced cause the screen to vibrate and produce sound. According to MyFixGuide, the principle is similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix, but completely different materials have been used in the Vivo Nex.

The Nex also features a fingerprint scanner under the screen. MyFixGuide states based on the teardown that it is a different fingerprint scanner than the one from the Vivo X21. The camera module is located directly below the scanner and consists of a camera with a very short minimum focusing distance.

Vivo unveiled the full-screen Nex smartphone on June 12. The phone, which is currently only available in China, has a relatively high screen-to-body ratio of more than 90 percent. The manufacturer has achieved this, among other things, by putting the front camera in an extendable module that disappears into the housing at the top.