Vivo unveils Apex concept phone with half-display fingerprint scanner, periscope camera


This phone also has in-display fingerprint scanning technology at the lower half of the display. While this was already impressive, Vivo's ambitions don't stop here.

Now, for starters, it's worth noting that the Vivo Apex features a 98-percent screen-to-body ratio, which is the highest screen-to-body ratio on any smartphone, by far. No doubt we'll be seeing them in not only this phone but other manufacturers' offerings in the not-to-distant future. This week at MWC, Vivo is showing off what that might look like with its concept phone, the Apex. The APEX just happens to take this goal to new heights.

Talking of bezels, the top and side bezels on the Apex measure just 1.8mm and the bottom bezel comes in at a tiny 4.3mm. It is worth noting that an in-display fingerprint scanner which is used here, Synaptics', is a bit slower than regular, flagship, capacitive fingerprint scanners, and a bit less accurate as well. The Vivo APEX concept device uses an improved in-display fingerprint scanning technology that differs from what we saw at CES.

Built within the bottom half of the screen is a new multi-fingerprint sensor that can work with two different fingers at the same time. This technology transforms the bottom half of the screen into fingerprint scanning area. For now, the device is just a concept, which means there's no pricing or availability. In comparison to regular audio methods, this consumes less power and reduces sound leakage. Vivo is employing something similar that it calls Screen SoundCasting Technology that sounds the vibrations right through the display.

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The slab of glass and aluminum packs a crisp 5.99-inch flexible OLED panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio and FullHD+ display. Vivo's solution is genius in its simplicity but also incredibly ridiculous in action.

Vivo also has reduced the space taken by circuit board by almost 60%. This frees up more space in the smartphone's interior which can allow for increased battery size as well as cooling, thus opening the potential for even more design improvements in future smartphones. Companies have been trying to figure out a way to maximise screen space while still retaining the front facing camera.

The company took an interesting approach with this and made the entire screen vibrate to produce sound, making it act like an earpiece, and the front-facing camera will slide up from the top of the phone, eliminating the need of a notch.

Each of Vivo's phones goes through hundreds of tests, including ones that check the device's mechanical and environmental adaptability. Even the proximity sensor and ambient light sensor are hidden under the display. The Vivo APEX FullView is the first production smartphone to achieve this ratio. This would address one of the many concerns users have with in-display fingerprint scanners being limited to only one small portion of the screen.