Vivo APEX FullView Concept Smartphone With 98% Screen-to-Body Ratio Announced

Even more secure than scanning one fingerprint? Scanning two.                  Andrew Hoyle  CNET

Even more secure than scanning one fingerprint? Scanning two. Andrew Hoyle CNET

Vivo unveiled their new APEX FullView concept smartphone which completely redesigns their existing smartphone sets a new benchmark for future designs.

If Vivo managed to tuck the front camera without compromising bezels, there was no question of adding one for the speaker. Once you fire up the camera, and select the front-facing snapper, this phone's selfie camera will pop up from inside. And the third piece of technology is a retractable selfie camera.

It means you and your partner/friend/colleague/pet chimpanzee can each proffer a finger to the phone, and only when you're both present will you be able to access the device as a whole, or certain areas of it.

One of the biggest stories out of this year's CES, and the recipient of our Best in Show award, was a prototype phone from Vivo that showed off the world's first in-display fingerprint scanner.

Unfortunately, anyone hoping to get their hands on this phone will need to wait. This is a considerably different implementation than we've seen with the Vivo X20 Plus UD, as with that phone, you needed to place your finger at the exact sport the phone highlights for you. A spokesperson for the company said that the new features in the Apex are just "a fraction" of the company's innovation pipeline.

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The Vivo Apex also experiments with vibrating panels to generate sound for calls and media, which once again is a response to the lack of bezel space for the ear speaker. Like any other concept products, the APEX is meant more as an experiment to inform future features. With such slim bezels, there's no room for a front-facing camera, so Vivo hid the lens on top of the phone.

Like we already said, this phone is now a concept, and hence, we don't know when exactly will it be available in the market for purchase. If you thought the OPPO N1's swiveling camera was weird, it has nothing on the Vivo APEX. The company claims that the tech offers better experience while listening to audio.It uses new System in Package (SIP) technology to offer better quality Hi-Fi audio experience.

There are no corners cut, literally or figuratively speaking, in the APEX's design, as hidden proximity and ambient light sensors, plus an inventive 8MP Elevating Front camera, eliminate the need for anything resembling a notch. This is the company building upon the in-display fingerprint reader technology it introduced with the Vivo X20 Plus UD in 2017. Check out The Verge's hands-on video below.

The in-display scanner doesn't seem to be as fast as the conventional fingerprint sensor, but it's safe to assume that it will improve once the technology advances. It's a really cool idea that honestly, I hope to see more of.

What do you think of the company's latest concept phone?

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