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Vivo‘s vision to bring under-display biometrics to the masses have been realized with their first smartphone with in-display fingerprint reader equipped with Synaptics ClearID which was showcased during CES 2018 earlier this year.

Now, Vivo achieved another feat (of course, with the help of Synaptics) with its concept smartphone that has ‘half-screen’ fingerprint scanner (because a small spot in the middle isn’t ideal), and what’s more impressive is that it also got the highest screen-to-body ratio, ever.

Massive screen-to-body ratio

Codenamed Apex FullView, the Chinese company’s concept phone is a true bezel-less phone without a notch (yes, no annoying spot at all). This confirmed the previous leaks that a true bezel-less smartphone from Vivo is already out on the wild.

Vivo Apex (leaked image from Weibo)

The Apex concept phone has both top and side bezels at 1.8mm, with a 4.3mm bottom chin/bezel, giving it a massive 98-percent screen-to-body ratio.

The display is also a speaker

The Chinese smartphone maker has also introduced Screen SoundCasting Technology, which transforms the entire display into a speaker. Simply, it vibrates the entire screen to produce sounds like a speaker. This is ideally similar to the LG Crystal Sound OLED TVs and Sony’s new Bravia XBR-A1E OLED TV which were both unveiled last CES 2018, both utilizing the display panel as speakers.

“Apex is an iteration of our constant pursuit of setting new industry standards and to deliver the ultimate mobile experience,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo

Where’s the front camera?

Probably you are already wondering where’s the front snapper. Is it on the top, or at the bottom? There’s no space upfront, and even in the bottom around the display –  that’s why the Apex concept phone has is an elevating front camera.

The Front Camera on the Vivo Apex

On the top inside the phone, Vivo managed to place an 8-megapixel shooter that automatically rises up when needed and retracts after use (talk about DSLR camera flash). A similar concept can be also seen on Huawei’s Matebook X laptop, recently unveiled at MWC 2018 as well. Not to mention the added privacy protection by keeping the camera off-the-sight when not in use.

A bigger, better in-display fingerprint reader

From the previous Vivo X20 Plus UD which only has a spot in the middle to read fingerprints, the entire bottom half of the display in the Apex can now read fingerprints. This also enables dual fingerprint scanning for stronger security.

Imagine the half of this screen as a fingerprint reader

Audiophile-friendly as well

The Apex deploys a system in package (SIP) tech to integrate the DAC and three other amplifiers together, thus reducing nearly 60 percent of needed space compared to the Vivo XPlay6 smartphone, proving that Hi-Fi audio is still a thing for Vivo.


Our say: While we are really happy about this, remember that the Vivo Apex is still a working concept phone, so there’s no actual date yet on when we’ll see a retail unit. But talking about the last concept they did at CES 2018 in the form of the X20 Plus UD, it’ll only be a matter of time for this concept to be available for everyone to use.

Sometimes, innovation comes from the underdogs.