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. Vivo thinks it can solve that by including a pop-up selfie camera that elevates in 0.8 seconds and "retracts after use".
It's just a prototype, so a future design may gain a faster flip mechanism, but it's an interesting way to avoid an iPhone X-like notch. I'll take it. If you're doubly concerned about security though, that extra space also means you could set the phone to require two simultaneous fingerprints to unlock it.
Using an OLED display also lets Vivo place fingerprint sensor technology underneath the panel, which in this case isn't a single point but instead a large swath of the screen - about one-third of the area, right where your thumbs land when holding the phone.
The concept device features an 8-megapixel elevating front camera and the company's own "Screen SoundCasting" technology that sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker.
'From breakthroughs in audio, photography to In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, Vivo has remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones. It argues that it should save on power, reduce sound leakage and offer a superior audio experience.
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Nearly 30-35 percent of the screen is converted into a fingerprint sensor, which is not placed at an awkward angle nor on the reverse of the phone, and the device's bezel remains extremely slim.
Because the phone's bezels are minimised, Vivo had to incorporate an earpiece speaker for the phone elsewhere. But what Vivo has done here is unique as the entire screen of the Apex smartphone vibrates to act as a speaker. But that doesn't mean you would have trouble with phone calls. All of these design decisions will give users an excellent selfie camera experience, while also cutting down even more on the phone's screen-to-body ratio.
We may have to redefine the meaning of concept seeing as concept phones are now getting officially launched.
"APEX™ is an iteration of our constant pursuit of setting new industry standards and to deliver the ultimate mobile experience", Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said. The smartphone has minimal bezels on all four sides.
The feature has been developed in order to minimise bezel space on phones and maximise screens space. This could very well be a demo just like that of the X20 Plus UD on the CES previous year.