Monday, 17 December, 2018

Vivo Apex is a concept phone with 98% screen-to-body ratio

Even more secure than scanning one fingerprint? Scanning two.                  Andrew Hoyle  CNET Even more secure than scanning one fingerprint? Scanning two. Andrew Hoyle CNET
Frank Williams | 26 February, 2018, 15:01

Effectively, while the bezels on the Vivo Apex FullView aren't non-existent, they are really, really thin: 1.8mm on top and on the sides, and 4.3mm on the bottom.

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo teased its new APEX Full View concept phone on its Facebook and Weibo accounts. Vivo's pioneering approach in fingerprint scanning technology has resulted in the world's first Half-Screen Fingerprint Scanning Technology on APEX, building on the success of industry's first mass-produced In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone X20 Plus UD.

Vivo Apex pushes the FullView design to reduce the bezels even more and managed to achieve the 98% screen-to-body ratio.

Vivo has unveiled a truly bezel-less smartphone called Vivo Apex, which is a concept at this stage. From breakthroughs in audio, photography to In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology - Vivo has remained committed towards defining the future of smartphones through disruptive designs.

APEX FullView also claims to have the world's highest screen-to-body ratio. The Screen SoundCasting Technology sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker, hence, conserving power, reducing sound leakage, and optimizing low to high pitch sound for a better and more balanced audio experience. Vivo seeks to address with new Screen Sound Casting Technology available on APEX which allows the display to function like a speaker and an earpiece. It has the fingerprint sensor located at one spot at bottom portion of the display. It's also potentially more secure thanks to support for a new dual-fingerprint scanning setup, where it will take two fingers to unlock the phone. Thus, it allows for increased battery size and cooling.

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Positioning the selfie camera has been particularly problematic for manufacturers in their war against bezels with the best compromise being the now common, notch.

This means finding a solution for the front-facing camera, fingerprint reader and earpiece.

The design of the APEX also puts the phone's proximity sensor below the display, and also hides the ambient light sensor.

The Concept also equips an 8MP Retractable camera that rises and retracts in 8.8 seconds when you want to use it. Vivo promises that if the feature is to be implemented in final products, then it would vigorously test and optimise the camera to ensure that it works just as well as all its other products. This could very well be a demo just like that of the X20 Plus UD on the CES past year. Since it is a concept phone, it won't hit the stores in the near future.

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