After making waves during CES 2018 with the first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, Vivo has another unique phone in store at MWC 2018 with the Vivo APEX. Touted as a true full-screen phone, the APEX has extremely skinny 1.8mm bezels on the top and sides, and a 4.3mm bottom bezel, resulting in a 98% screen-to-body ratio. Such innovation was made possible with the use of an OLED display and flexible circuit boards.
With no space for a front camera, Vivo went for a clever approach of having a pop-up 8-megapixel front camera on the APEX, popping out when needed. This approach is similar to what Huawei did with the recently-launched MateBook X Pro.
As for the earpiece and speaker, Vivo used a Screen SoundCasting tech on the APEX, where it turns the screen into a speaker through sending vibrations. Also part of its audio innovation is a System in Package (SIP) tech, where the APEX’s DAC and three amplifiers are integrated together, saving up space inside the phone for a bigger battery.
Just like the X20 Plus UD, the APEX has an in-display fingerprint scanner, but this time around users can place their finger anywhere at the bottom half of the screen for the fingerprint scanner to work.
The APEX is a concept phone as of this writing, and it is only a matter of time before Vivo will be making the APEX available to the public.