Vivo APEX Smartphone Unveiled at MWC 2018 with Half the Screen Houses Fingerprint Sensor


A lot of great things related to mobile devices have been launched and showcased at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain. Big names in the industry joined the biggest mobile event on the planet to launch their new and upcoming offerings, some even gave a sneak peek of what they are currently working on to make tech and gadget enthusiasts a little more excited for their official release. Vivo is one of those names on the list, and this year, they are rocking the MWC 2018 floor with the reveal of the APEX FullView concept smartphone.

With this new model, Vivo is determined to get ahead of the competition by reducing the bezels to 1.8mm on the top and at the sides, and 4.3mm at the bottom with a screen size of 5.99-inches. That is equivalent to a screen-to-body ratio of 95%. These specs make the APEX the thinnest bezel-less phone with the highest screen-to-body ratio in the industry.

In fact, the screen-to-body ratio may exceed 98% if the lower bezel is also reduced to 1.8mm for a genuine all-screen display experience, Vivo said.

While many manufacturers are now sporting their own "notches" on their latest flagship smartphone displays after Apple did it first with the iPhone X, Vivo is not with the APEX. They are eliminating the idea of a notch, at least with this one, to offer the biggest screen-to-body ratio possible. Just a comparison, the iPhone X has a screen size of only 5.8 inches and a screen-to-body ratio of a mere 82.9%. Samsung's Galaxy S8, meanwhile, has 5.8-inch screen and 83.6% screen-to-body ratio right out of the box despite its "Infinity Display". Both of these flagship devices did not even reach 90% screen-to-body ratio.

While other giant smartphone makers like Samsung, Apple, and ASUS keep the selfie cameras as well as the ambient light and proximity sensors at the top of their smartphones, an innovative smartphone company like Vivo does not settle on that. This APEX device will tell why.


To achieve this astonishing display panel and avoid the use of a notch for those extra front-facing features, Vivo creates a new mechanism where users can only summon the selfie camera when needed. Introducing the Elevating Front Camera with 8MP configuration on the APEX. It only pops out in just 0.8sec to be exact - when the selfie mode is activated.


Apart from the highest screen to body ratio and hiding selfie camera, there is also one biggest feature that the Vivo APEX is highlighting that will definitely make other smartphone brands jealous, and the Chinese company is calling it Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, a definitely first in the world. With this new tech, users can touch any part of the bottom half of the screen to scan their fingerprints and unlock the phone.

These hard-to-miss and revolutionary breakthroughs in smartphone technology made consumer tech writer Ben Sin call the APEX in his article on the Forbes as the "truest" all-screen display made, breaking Samsung's or Apple's promises. The even added  the iPhone X looked "a bit outdated" when placed next to Vivo's APEX phone.

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