Today Vivo announced their latest smartphone, the APEX FullView. This is a concept smartphone that innovates on many levels, from its fingerprint scanner to its bezeless design. The APEX FullView also features the largest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently on the market.
At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Vivo showed off a smartphone utilizing an in-display fingerprint scanner. While the APEX FullView only features this on the bottom half of its screen, it’s clear that this is the first step toward making a fingerprint scanner that occupies the entire screen. That said, it’s still a massive innovation as one can touch any part of that bottom half and the phone will unlock. So far this is the only smartphone to feature a such a scanner. Vivo has called this a more intuitive experience that most other smartphones while also maintaining the standard of security expected by users. But if that’s not enough, the APEX also offers something else unique, that being the ability to enable a dual-fingerprint scan. As one might expect this system would require not just one authorized touch, but two in order to unlock the phone.
The APEX FullView has top and side bezels that are only 1.8mm and a bottom bezel of only 4.3mm. Vivo has stated that the screen will encompass 98% of the phone compared to the 2% of the body, at least on the front of the phone. Likewise, the phone’s screen features Screen SoundCasting Technology which allows the entire screen itself to act as a speaker. By doing this, the APEX should feature more balanced sound both in terms of leakage and pith levels, while also being less draining on battery life.
Perhaps the most innovative feature of the APEX is its hidden selfie camera. The camera pops out of a small compartment in less than a second when needed and when the user is done it conveniently hides away. This solves a large problem in regards to the front bezels, as one is no longer needed to house the front-facing camera. Also hidden along the front of the phone are a light sensor and a proximity sensor which likewise take up an unnoticeable amount of space.
On the hardware side, the APEX is designed in such a way that there is more interior space. Vivo has continued to develop it’s SIP, or System in Package, technology which significantly decreased the necessary size of the circuit board which in turn frees up space for a larger battery and for cooling devices. As such, one can expect the APEX to have a fairly good battery life in spite of its large screen size, and with the ScreenCasting Technology, one can expect this high-quality battery life to continue even when music is being played.
Vivo’s APEX FullView is shaping up to be one of the most impressive smartphones to date, utilizing a lot of tech that hasn’t been seen before in a consumer grade device. One can only hope that these innovations make their way into a smartphone that is commercially available, as the Vivo APEX is only a concept phone with no current plans for release.