Vivo's all-screen concept phone hides a pop-up selfie cam

Joshua Bennett
March 1, 2018

Well now, more than a month later, Vivo is talking about a new smartphone that we can not wait to become a reality - the Vivo APEX FullView concept smartphone. With such thin bezels mounting a selfie camera module ought to be a problem which Vivo unravelled by adding a pop-up camera module that springs out from the top in 0.8 seconds. The company has managed to integrate the DAC and the three amplifiers together inside the body of the phone. As seen on the Vivo X20 Plus UD smartphones launched in China, the Vivo APEX also sports an under display fingerprint sensor. On the Apex, the target takes up nearly half the bottom of the phone, instead of just a small circle.

The Vivo Apex also experiments with vibrating panels to generate sound for calls and media, which once again is a response to the lack of bezel space for the ear speaker.

Under the Vivo Apex display is a fingerprint sensor that works through the glass, meaning you can pace a finger on the screen and it will read your unique signature to unlock the device. It argues that it should save on power, reduce sound leakage and offer a superior audio experience.

The in-display scanner doesn't seem to be as fast as the conventional fingerprint sensor, but it's safe to assume that it will improve once the technology advances. So, many of you are probably wondering where is the earpiece on this handset, as it is not visible above the display. The camera retracts after use. But Apex's answer is both inventive and kind of cute - the 8-megapixel camera is hidden behind the screen and pops up like a periscope when needed.

Chinese brand, Vivo has showcased its concept smartphone at MWC 2018 which has APEX FullView display and ground-breaking Half-Screen In-Display fingerprint scanning technology.

As tech giant Apple has already ditched its fingerprint scanner (Touch ID) in the iPhone X, Android phones are still intact on this tech and companies like Vivo playing around and innovating new ways with this fingerprint scanning tech, who knows this might be the future of Android phones.

Instead of being embedded in the bezel, the earpiece vibrates the screen so it can be used as a speaker.

The feature has been developed in order to minimise bezel space on phones and maximise screens space.

There's now no spec sheet for the Vivo Apex, but the firm also claims it will offer hi-fi quality audio through the two down-firing speakers on the base of the handset - and we also know that it has a dual-camera on the back. A spokesperson for the company said that the new features in the Apex are just "a fraction" of the company's innovation pipeline.

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