Vivo has released a video on its Facebook and Weibo account to tease its new concept phone named APEX. The video does not reveal any information on the specifications of the APEX phone but reveals its stunning design and some of its key features. It seems to be the very same mysterious Vivo phone that had appeared with nearly 100 percent screen-to-body ratio. GizmoChina was first to speculate that it may arrive with a flip-up camera. The Vivo APEX concept phone was also demonstrated at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.
Elevating Front Camera
Vivo APEX concept has an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It remains inside the chassis of the phone and can be elevated when is required to be used. It takes only 0.8 seconds for the so-called Elevating Front Camera to pop-up like a periscope. When not in use, it goes back into the shell. Well, it seems to be a great way to avoid notch.
Bezel-less Display with Very High Screen-to-Body Ratio
The Vivo APEX has super-slim bezels around the display. To be precise, the top bezel is of 1.8 mm only, which will be slimmest ever for a smartphone. The thickness of its bottom bezel is of 4.3mm. This indicates that the 18:9 aspect ratio display may offer a screen-to-body ratio of nearly 98 percent. The Vivo APEX concept phone has a flexible OLED platform. Since its microchips directly on the flexible circuit board, it is able to sport a bezel-less design.
Half Screen Fingerprint Scanner
The X20 Plus UD by Vivo is the world’s first smartphone to feature under-display fingerprint scanner. It has the fingerprint sensor located at one spot at bottom portion of the display. The APEX concept phone features an even better under-display fingerprint scanner technology as it spans across the bottom-half of the display. Vivo has dubbed this technology as Half- Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology.
Screen Sound Casting Technology
The new Screen Sound Casting Technology available on the Vivo APEX allows its display to function like a speaker and an earpiece. It vibrates the display to produce sound like a speaker. Compared to regular audio methods, this new technology consumes less power. With System in Package (SIP) technology onboard, the handset will be able to better Hi-Fi audio experience. Vivo has integrated three amplifiers and DAC under the hood of the concept phone.
The space taken by the circuit board has been reduced by nearly 60 percent on the Vivo APEX. This has allowed the company to add a larger battery inside the concept phone. It is also equipped with some sort of cooling technology that prevents overheating.
The ambient sensor and proximity sensor are embedded under the display of the Vivo APEX concept phone. It is equipped with USB-C port, 3.5mm audio, a pair of external speakers and dual rear cameras. As of this writing, there is no information available on its specifications.
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