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Vivo's Latest Apex Concept Offers a Peek at the Future of Phones

25 January, 2019, 15:58 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Vivo Apex 2019 concept phone may have no ports, notches, bezels, or buttons

It's powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset, has 256GB or 512GB of storage, 12GB of RAM and 5G - the last two are firsts for vivo.

Vivo Apex 2019 is the first device in the Chinese company to take advantage of the new 5G connectivity.

As it has no physical speakers, the phone uses its screen to produce sound, much like the Meizu Zero.

Although Vivo hasn't yet released its products into wider territories beyond China, we suspect the brand (under the same umbrella as the company which owns Oppo and OnePlus) is making plans for world domination. Instead, the company came out with a magnetic power connector called MagPort which is located on the lower back part of the phone and supports data transfer. Qualcomm has already launched the 5G enabled chipset previous year. There are either notches or punch-hole displays that disrupt the continuity of aesthetically-pleasing phone design, but Vivo appears to have cracked the formula for the most handsome design in its upcoming Apex 2019 smartphone.

The vivo Apex 2019 concept phone is here and it packs some serious tech. "The Super Unibody design and Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning technology, among several other breakthrough features, make APEX 2019 a truly exceptional smartphone that demonstrates Vivo's continuous exploration and pursuit of exceptional innovation for consumers", said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President of Vivo.


Instead of a speaker grill, the Apex 2019 features "Body SoundCasting" technology that turns the smartphone's display into a speaker. There are virtually no bezels at the front, and Vivo got rid of the front camera altogether.

Like many current and upcoming handsets, the Apex 2019 uses an in-screen fingerprint scanner, but in this case, the features works across the entire display-no having to place your finger on a particular section.

What about the front camera?

The dual camera on the rear is a 12MP + 13MP with an LED flash. When users wake their device from an inactive screen and press on the corresponding app icon to scan their finger, they can unlock and gain direct access to the app so that the experience is faster and more efficient than before. Stay tuned for updates.

Noted phone artist Ben Geskin on Twitter shared the first look at Vivo Apex 2019 based on some exclusive information shared by Vivo itself.

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