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vivo just announced a successor of the vivo NEX 3 5G, although it’s more of a minor refresh than a proper replacement. It’s called vivo NEX 3S 5G and it becomes apparent even from the name itself that the changes are cosmetic.

The biggest upgrade is on the inside, where the NEX 3S 5G comes with a Snapdragon 865 chipset employing the 5G-capable Snapdragon X55 modem supporting NSA + SA. There’s also a bump in the memory and storage speeds.

The memory is now LPDDR5 instead of LPDDR4X offering a 29% increase in bandwidth while the storage inside goes up to 256GB and is of the UFS 3.1 kind offering even better performance than the current UFS 3.0-powered smartphones.

vivo NEX 3S 5G comes with UFS 3.1 storage and Snapdragon 865

We’ve got the same 6.89-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with extreme curvature but this time supporting HDR10+ instead of just HDR10.

The camera setup is unchanged over the NEX 3 – 64MP main unit with f/1.8 aperture, 13MP f/2.5 telephoto and a 13MP ultrawide snapper with f/2.2 lens. The motorized pop-up unit houses the 16MP selfie camera along with an LED flash.

vivo NEX 3S 5G comes with UFS 3.1 storage and Snapdragon 865

A 4,500 mAh battery is on board supporting vivo’s 44W fast charging tech for quick top-ups. There’s also a new Orange color variant in addition to the already existing Black and Blue.

vivo NEX 3S 5G comes with UFS 3.1 storage and Snapdragon 865

The starting price of the handset in China is CNY 4,998 ($720) for the 8GB/256GB version and CNY 5,298 ($760) for the beefier 12GB/256GB model. Both will be available starting March 14.

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