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The fullscreen Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12

Vivo confirms the June 12 launch of its futuristic APEX notchless, full-display APEX smartphone. (Source: Vivo)
Vivo confirms the June 12 launch of its futuristic APEX notchless, full-display APEX smartphone. (Source: Vivo)
First shown as a futuristic concept phone, the Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12. The device avoids a display notch by incorporating a retractable selfie-camera that pops out of its chassis when required.

Vivo has announced that it will be launching the eagerly anticipated APEX FullView smartphone on June 15 in China. First unveiled as a concept phone at Mobile World Congress in February, the Chinese company received such a positive reception to the device that it decided it would bring it to market. When it arrives, it will have the highest display-to-body ratio of any smartphone on the market.

Unlike so-called “fullscreen” devices like the iPhone X or Essential Phone PH-1 (and the many knock-offs since), the Vivo APEX does not compromise the user experience with a notched display. Instead, it tucks away a front-facing camera within the chassis that pops out smoothly in 0.8 seconds. Vivo says it was able to achieve a 98% display-to-body ratio by using a flexible OLED panel, which allowed it to mount microchips directly to its flexible circuit board. It’s display also functions as a speaker, using Screen SoundCasting.

Like the Vivo X20 Plus UD, which pioneered under display fingerprint technology, the Vivo APEX allows users biometric authentication to take place by touching the screen, although the APEX has a wider “sweet spot.” It also features a new System in Package (SIP) to integrate the DAC and three amplifiers, reducing the circuit board by a whopping 60 percent. This creates more room for the battery and other features. The Vivo APEX is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 and run Android 8.1.

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Virtually bezel-less, the Vivo APEX will debut next month. (Source: EV Leaks)
Virtually bezel-less, the Vivo APEX will debut next month. (Source: EV Leaks)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-05-23 (Update: 2018-05-23)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.