The company's VP of design shared an image of the phone's side profile on Weibo, clearly showing the display that curves around the edges. With it, a caption that loosely translates to "Line belongs to human, curve belongs to God".
Paired with a tweet from serial leaker, Ice Universe on Twitter, we get a picture of a device with some impressive curves at the edges, and seemingly all-glass at that.
The vivo NEX 3 is probably the highest screen-to-body ratio phone in 2019. The Screen-to-body Ratio is over 100% based on the “display area/projected area” calculation method. pic.twitter.com/B0cZ2XgzE7— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 25, 2019
As alluded to already, Vivo isn't the only company going for extreme curves and slim bezels on its next semi-concept flagship phone.
Oppo has also shown off a prototype device with this so-called "waterfall" display. And while it may look similar - in a way - to the curved displays we've seen from Samsung over the years, there is a difference: there doesn't seem to be any obvious metal framing.
Look closely at the edges of Oppo's and you won't see any buttons on the left or right sides, and the curve on the glass is pretty extreme.
Taking borderless smartphone innovation to new heights, we're thrilled to give you a first look at 'Waterfall Screen' technology.— OPPO (@oppo) July 29, 2019
What do you think the screen-to-body ratio is on this prototype? pic.twitter.com/99AQKh9ZgH
Oppo and Vivo - of course - have the same parent company, shared with OnePlus and Realme as well, and that often means you see technological advancements shared between the companies.
Comparing the images, it seems Vivo's next device is virtually identical to prototype Oppo phone, and it's not at all unusual to see Vivo launching these innovative devices.
Of course, there's a chance this is another Vivo Apex phone, but with the company having already launched this year's Apex concept phone, that's unlikely.
Regardless of which company gets its waterfall phone to market first, it'll be interesting to see what it's like to use one of these devices in real life, and with the holiday season fast approaching, we suspect the unveiling and launch will take place fairly soon.