Is Vivo Apex prototype, the future of Android smartphones?

Andrew Hoyle  CNET

Like all other concept devices, there is no official release date or pricing of the phone as Vivo is just showing the technology and the potential that future smartphones could have.

All of this is in service of the war on bezels that nearly the entire smartphone industry has declared over the past year or so. The frame around the face is so slim, there's not even room for the front-facing camera. The selfie camera can be elevated when required to be used.

This means users can pick up their phone and easily unlock it, but for extra security, users can program the unlock setting to require two different fingerprints. 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.

The concept phone builds on the first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone, Vivo's X20 Plus UD, which launched in China in January. This time, however, the fingerprint sensor is not just in one spot, rather taking up the entire bottom half of the display. Vivo's solution is genius in its simplicity but also incredibly ridiculous in action.

We've watched phone bezel shrink over recent years, but the Apex concept takes that idea and runs with it. The Screen SoundCasting Technology sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker, hence, conserving power, reducing sound leakage, and optimizing low to high pitch sound for a better and more balanced audio experience. Besides, the other highlights of this concept phone are its state of the art camera and speaker technologies.

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Chinese consumers get first dibs on the world's first phone with an under-screen fingerprint reader. The camera takes just 0.8 seconds to rise out of the Apex's body and goes back inside when not in use.

However, the company hasn't revealed the exact tech specifications, pricing, or the availability of the Vivo APEX. The new tech is called "Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology".

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.

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

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.

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