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Vivo's Apex concept phone gives you a peek into the future

01 March 2018

Besides Samsung and Nokia making some important debuts at MWC 2018, Vivo managed to turn numerous heads at the Barcelona trade show. For now, FullView has the highest screen-to-body ratio on the market. If you thought the OPPO N1's swiveling camera was weird, it has nothing on the Vivo APEX.

Vivo is unveiling its new APEX™ FullView™ concept smartphone which sets new benchmarks for future smartphone design, featuring the world's highest screen-to-body ratio and Vivo's ground-breaking Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. We setup our fingerprint with the device, and while it certainly works, it's not quite as rapid to sign-in as existing fingerprint scanners. All of those features are neatly tucked into the phone.

This phone also has in-display fingerprint scanning technology at the lower half of the display. It is worth noting that Vivo was the first tech company to design a phone with a fingerprint scanner under the screen.

The X20 Plus UD that Vivo unveiled last month came with in-display fingerprint scanner, which means the phone has a fingerprint scanner under the display, and hence, you have to put your finger onto the display to unlock your smartphone.

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But unlike the ready-to-use on-screen fingerprint scanning technology which was immediately adopted in Vivo's X20 Plus UD models launched in Beijing on January 25, the company did not elaborate on the technical challenges for mass production.

Vivo APEX has nearly half the screen as fingerprint-sensitive area. Some phone makers have gotten around this with notches, others by relocating the camera below the screen so that you have to hold the phone upside down. When activated, you can place your registered finger anywhere in the area, at any angle, and have it recognized. This boosts the security of the device.

This means that users can unlock the phone with a much larger fingerprint sensor space, instead of a small icon the size of a thumbnail.

The second significant implementation on this Apex prototype is the "Pop-up" selfie camera. Companies have been trying to figure out a way to maximise screen space while still retaining the front facing camera. This is a unique concept, but the selfie camera's retraction durability is still questionable. The smartphone has minimal bezels on all four sides.

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The speaker - The entire front glass panel of the phone can now vibrate to transmit sound from a phone call.

The Vivo APEX is a smartphone that you can not buy right now.

Commenting on this smartphone, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo, said, "APEX™ is an iteration of our constant pursuit of setting new industry standards and to deliver the ultimate mobile experience". And it uses a few interesting solutions to achieve something users, designers, and manufacturers could only dream of. This might be an issue for taking quick selfies but it also boasts two dual cameras at the back as well.

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Vivo's Apex concept phone gives you a peek into the future