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MWC 2018 | Vivo stuns with APEX concept phone featuring 98 percent screen-to-body ratio

The Vivo APEX FullView Concept Smartphone showcases several innovations. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo APEX FullView Concept Smartphone showcases several innovations. (Source: Vivo)
Vivo has used MWC to take the wraps of the APEX FullView Concept Smartphone. The device introduces several breakthroughs in smartphone technology, including a display that doubles as the device's speaker.

Vivo has taken the covers off a stunning concept smartphone at MWC that it calls the APEX FullView with an incredible 98 percent screen-to-body ratio. To achieve this feat, the company has introduced new engineering technologies in the camera, speaker and sensors coupled with rethinking the design structure of traditional smartphones. The concept design also debuts a claimed world-first half-screen in-display fingerprint scanner.

Vivo says that it was able to achieve such a high screen-to-body ratio by using a flexible OLED panel for the display. This allowed it to mount microchips directly to its flexible circuit board. It was also able to remove the requirement to integrate a speaker into the front of the device by using what it calls Screen SoundCasting technology to turn the display itself into a speaker. The front camera rises from the body in 0.8 seconds when required before retracting after use, further minimizing the footprint of the top bezel.

While Vivo pioneered under-screen in-display technology in the Vivo X20 Plus UD earlier this year, the latest incarnation allows a user to place their finger just about anywhere on the entire bottom half of the display, rather than in a localized area near the bottom of the display. The company says that it has also deployed a new System in Package (SIP) technology to integrate the DAC and three amplifiers together, reducing the circuit board space by 60 percent.

Vivo has not said whether, or if, it plans to start production of the APEX. Even if it doesn’t make its way to market in its current form, it certainly showcases the direction that future smartphones are likely to take.

The Vivo APEX fingerprint scanner in action. (Source: GSMArena)
The Vivo APEX fingerprint scanner in action. (Source: GSMArena)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-02-26 (Update: 2018-02-26)
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 been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also 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.