In the war against bezels, the APEX manages to minimize top and side screen borders to an "unprecedented" 1.8mm, now retaining a 4.3mm chin which it also wants to eventually shrink to 1.8mm for an overall screen-to-body ratio of more than 98 percent. The camera takes just 0.8 seconds to rise out of the Apex's body and goes back inside when not in use. Although Vivo has incorporated all these technologies into a concept phone, the company hasn't made any announcement on whether the phone will be commercially produced.
However, Vivo unveiled the X20 Plus model at CES 2018 in January which incorporated the world's first in-display fingerprint sensor. The Apex takes this one step further by extending the readable area to cover roughly a third of the display; allowing users more freedom in using biometric authentication.
Screen SoundCasting Technology turns the entire APEX display into a speaker, sending vibrations through the screen, and ditching the normal, and usually sub-par, phone speakers. Othe specs and featured technologies include Screen SoundCasting Technology, an 8MP elevating front camera, sound leakage reduction, low to high pitch sound optimization, and power reduction. The Vivo APEX FullView is the first production smartphone to achieve this ratio.
What it means is you can opt to use two fingerprints instead of one to unlock the phone, make a payment of unlock certain apps, folders or features. We can spot a slight chin on the phone along with an earpiece on top.
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The slab of glass and aluminum packs a crisp 5.99-inch flexible OLED panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio and FullHD+ display. Instead of building in a notch or taking it out completely, the company built a retractable camera that only pops out when it's needed.
As tech giant Apple has already ditched its fingerprint scanner (Touch ID) in the iPhone X, Android phones are still intact on this tech and companies like Vivo playing around and innovating new ways with this fingerprint scanning tech, who knows this might be the future of Android phones. Firstly, the Vivo APEX comes with a whopping 98% screen-to-body ratio. APEX, however, gives us a good inside on where the bezel-less phenomenon is heading to and what our phones might look like a few years down the road.
'What we showcase in this concept phone is only a fraction of our innovation pipeline.
What do you think of the company's latest concept phone? "We will continue to explore all possibilities to bring the best possible experiences to our consumers", said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo, commenting on the launch.