The Vivo Apex is a concept phone that features a trio of new features that the company is excited to bring to market at some point in the future. 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.
Another problem with fully bezel-less screens is it lacks space for sensors, earpiece speaker etc. The front-facing camera had to be shifted to a new position to implement a FullView display. It apparently takes 0.8 seconds for the camera to appear, and it's an 8-megapixel shooter. When you want to take a selfie, the camera extends and when you are finished, it retracts.
In-screen fingerprint sensors have been in the works for quite some time, but companies haven't been able to get it to work well enough to actually bake it into a device.
Unfortunately, anyone hoping to get their hands on this phone will need to wait. Right now, all we can do is wait and see if this will become an official phone or Vivo is still going back to the drawing board with this concept.
Apex uses Vivo's Screen SoundCasting Technology that transforms the entire display into a speaker - it sends vibrations through the display that in-turn produces a sound.
This is a purely concept phone and the company says it has no plans to release an actual product in this particular form. A regular loudspeaker is placed on the bottom of the Vivo Apex, while a Type-C USB port lies there as well.
The last of the three new features is what Vivo calls "SoundCasting", which means the phone will vibrate to give physical, haptic feedback for when audio is playing. For now, the device is just a concept, which means there's no pricing or availability.
There are no corners cut, literally or figuratively speaking, in the APEX's design, as hidden proximity and ambient light sensors, plus an inventive 8MP Elevating Front camera, eliminate the need for anything resembling a notch.
Compared to other audio solutions for bezel-less smartphones, it conserves power, reduces sound leakage, and optimizes low to high pitch sound for a better and more balanced audio experience, the company claims.
Vivo recently launched the X20 Plus UD with an in-display fingerprint scanner, making it the first commercially available device with such feature. This could very well be a demo just like that of the X20 Plus UD on the CES past year.