Vivo reveals concept smartphone with half-screen fingerprint scanner

Smartphone maker Vivo has unveiled at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its newest concept smartphone — the Vivo Apex which sets new benchmarks in smartphone design and technology.

The Vivo Apex features the world’s highest screen-to-body ratio to date and pioneers the half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology. Camera, audio, and sensor elements in this concept smartphone were also improved to redefine the design structure of conventional smartphones.

Following the success of the in-display fingerprint scanning technology at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, Vivo has installed the world’s first half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology in the Apex, transforming the entire bottom half of the OLED screen with a new security function.

Users can touch anywhere on the bottom half of the screen to perform fingerprint recognition. This new fingerprint technology installed in the concept smartphone also enables the new dual-fingerprint scanning feature for added security.

The Apex also features an 8-megapixel Elevating Front Camera which rises in 0.8 seconds when it is required and retracts after use, together with a hidden proximity sensor and ambient light sensor — a new smartphone design eliminating the space taken up by conventional front cameras.

The Apex have a top and side bezels of 1.8 mm — the thinnest in the industry to date — with a 4.3 mm bottom bezel. Microchips are mounted directly to the Apex’s circuit board enabling 98% of screen-to-body ratio.

Vivo also introduced the Screen SoundCasting Technology in the Apex, transforming the entire FullView Display into a speaker. This technology sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker, conserving power, reducing sound leakage, and optimizing low to high pitch sound.

Apex deploys a new System in Package (SIP) technology to integrate the Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and the three operational amplifiers together, reducing the need for circuit board space by nearly 60% compared to previous Vivo Xplay6. This technology can allow for increased battery size as well as cooling, freeing up more space in the smartphone’s interior.

“Apex is an iteration of our constant pursuit of setting new industry standards and to deliver the ultimate mobile experience,” Vivo senior vice president Alex Feng said.

“From breakthroughs in audio, photography, to In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, Vivo has remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones. What we showcase in this concept phone is only a fraction of our innovation pipeline. We will continue to explore all possibilities to bring the best possible experiences to our consumers,” Feng added.

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