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Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition is all about the dual screen

This new phone from Vivo joins a line up of dual-screen phones, but is it a good idea or yet another experimental folly?

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Meet the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition, a phone designed with two screens in mind. The phones features two Super AMOLED displays, a 6.4-inch on the front, and a 5.5-inch on the back. There's no pop-up camera, instead, it has three cameras, a 12-megapixel, 2-megapixel and a time-of-flight shooter. It'll cost 4,998 yuan -- about $725, £575 or AU$1,000 -- and will be available from Dec. 29.

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Because it has no notch, the phone has all about the full-screen experience. 

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Like the first Vivo Nex, the Dual Display Edition also features an in-screen fingerprint reader, only this time it's a lot quicker.

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The Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition is quite the looker. 

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You can also perform face unlocking with the phone's cameras. 

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The Lunar Ring does look a little odd at first glance. 

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The Lunar Ring uses two LED lights to illuminate your face.

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I tried out the Lunar Ring in the dark and it surprisingly does a good job of illuminating my face. 

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If you're trying to unlock the phone from the front though, you can only use the in-screen fingerprint sensor.

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Here's another look at the Lunar Ring with the screen turned off. 

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The rear display can also be configured to show pictures as a screensaver when the phone is on standby. 

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The smaller rear display doesn't cover the entire phone.

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The 6.4-inch front display stretches all the way out. 

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If you're looking for a phone that's different, the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition from China will likely fit the bill.

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The phone uses a USB Type C port.

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There are three cameras on this phone, a 12-megapixel, 2-megapixel and time-of-flight (TOF). The TOF camera is used for AR and measuring distances and for helping you get the perfect selfie, according to Vivo.

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The phone is relatively thin at 8.1mm thick.

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There are two side buttons that double up as a power button or Vivo's Jovi assistant button. Pressing both together flips the screen.

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