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Vivo APEX 2019 Concept Device

Vivo’s APEX 2019 handset has no ports, buttons, seams, and bezels. Packed with 5G and artificial intelligence capabilities, the device showcases a minimalist, unibody concept with a near-bezelless screen experience. The handset will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona next month.

Click through to read more about how the device replaces buttons, can read a fingerprint anywhere on the screen, and packs 5G into a unibody casing.

“With the goal of enhanced usability and simplicity at the core, APEX 2019 offers consumers a glimpse into the future of smartphone design and development,” said Spark Ni, senior VP at Vivo, “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 the pursuit of exceptional innovation for consumers.”

Super Unibody Design

The device introduces FullView design that reduces the bezel to almost non-existent. The device delivers an unconventional smartphone experience by completely removing physical buttons and, instead, adopting Touch Sense technology, which brings together capacitive touch and pressure-sensing. With this, the pressure sensors can tell if a user is pressing firmly on the frame and the capacitive touch can determine its position, providing extra-sensitive accuracy.

USB ports are replaced by a MagPort, a magnetic power connector which enables both charging and data transfer. This allows for the body to be made more compact.

It also turns its display into a speaker by using Body SoundCasting technology, transforming the display into a speaker via the screen vibration function, avoiding the need for a speaker grill. 

Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning

The handset comes equipped with Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning technology, with a sensor covering almost the entire display. This enables users to touch almost anywhere on the screen to unlock the device, supported by Vivo’s Fingerprint Light function. This function works when the user’s finger is close to the display, the pixels around the touch point will automatically light up as an additional light source to help obtain a clear fingerprint image.

A larger sensor also enables more features to increase security for using apps. 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.

5G Smartphone for Variety of User Scenarios

The device runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with a super-large memory of 12GB + 256GB, and is equipped with Jovi AI Assistant. 
It has also solved the challenge of limited motherboard space by using a Duplex PCB Design which has increased the available space by 20% to minimize the overall stacking space. This is Vivo’s solution to free up space for the 5G modules, making the phone a complete unibody 5G phone.

Vivo is leading 5G technology standardization, empowered by a fusion of technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality and virtual reality. In the future, the deep integration of 5G and AI will become key to the development of the 5G smartphone era. Vivo claims that it will continue to explore the future of the smartphone as part of its commitment to provide users with a futuristic mobile user experience.

The APEX 2019 will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona at the end of February and visitors to the event will have the opportunity to enjoy a first-hand viewing.

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