Vivo's Apex concept phone gives you a peek into the future

Vivo's Apex concept phone gives you a peek into the future

The Vivo Apex is already generating a buzz for its almost nonexistent bezels, embedded fingerprint sensor, and pop-up selfie cam. I wouldn't be surprised if one, some, or all of these ideas make their way into various phones over the next year or two as manufacturers chase a future free from bezels. As weird as it sounds, this phone has a front-facing 8MP camera tucked away into the upper part of the phone.

The company took an interesting approach with this and made the entire screen vibrate to produce sound, making it act like an earpiece, and the front-facing camera will slide up from the top of the phone, eliminating the need of a notch.

The first new feature is a selfie camera that actually pops out when you want to use it (pictured above). The Apex, however, takes that to a new extreme at 98%. The Verge tested the sound quality in a demo video and said it was nothing exceptional in terms of quality, but that it got the job done.

This is the first device with the Half-Screen Fingerprinting Scanning Technology on the APEX which is built on the first mass-produced IN-Display Fingerprint scanning smartphone X20 Plus UD. Transforming the entire bottom half of the OLED screen, users can touch anywhere on the bottom half of the screen to perform fingerprint recognition, enabling a more flexible and intuitive experience while meeting industry standards for security.

Unfortunately, anyone hoping to get their hands on this phone will need to wait.

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We may have to redefine the meaning of concept seeing as concept phones are now getting officially launched. Since it is a concept phone, it won't hit the stores in the near future. Since there is no place for earpiece on the top, the Screen SoundCasting technology will turn the whole display into an earpiece.

The Apex introduces an 8-megapixel "elevating" front camera to avoid taking up space on the front of the phone. They have replaced it with proprietary technology which they call Screen SoundCasting Technology. Even the proximity sensor and ambient light sensor are hidden under the display.

It's always nice to see a company that's willing to try new things and the APEX certainly looks like a killer device.

The X20 Plus UD that Vivo unveiled last month came with in-display fingerprint scanner, which means the phone has a fingerprint scanner under the display, and hence, you have to put your finger onto the display to unlock your smartphone. Here's to hoping the handset becomes a real commercial product sooner rather than later.

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

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