Vivo reveals Apex 2019 portless, buttonless concept phone

Saturday, 26 Jan, 2019

This year Vivo have announced an Apex phone that is once again very different and quite well could be revolutionary. Vivo had originally showed an elevating selfie camera as a part of its concept phone Vivo Apex at the Mobile World Congress past year and a new version of the same appeared in consumer version of the Apex, called Nex.

One of the highlights on the APEX 2019 is its fullscreen fingerprint scanning. On the back, the Nex Dual Display Edition offers a 5.49-inch Super AMOLED display (1920×1080p resolution).

Vivo's first 5G smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with a super-large memory of 12GB + 256GB, and is equipped with Jovi AI Assistant, along with many other smart functions. The device has minimal bezels with the 20MP front camera sensor placed inside of the top bezel. There's no notch, but there's a slight hint at the phone having a chin, which is where I surmise Vivo's planning on putting their front-facing camera. Not only that, the back also houses a triple camera setup that is enclosed in a Lunar Ring that creates a glowing band of colours for notifications and even pulse with music. Vivo seems to have acted on those visualisations to bring Apex 2019 without any buttons, holes or other distractions, Tom's Guide reported.

Vivo will be showcasing the Vivo Apex 2019 at the upcoming MWC 2019 in Barcelona. The magnetic nature of the pins means that you "don't need to look of feel for the port to plug the cable in".

The vivo Apex 2019, like Meizu's phone, uses a combination of capacitive touch and pressure-sensing to replace the standard power and volume buttons on the sides. It will also have 5G support and come with a piezoelectric transducer as a speaker. There are no speaker grilles either, and Vivo is using a liquid cooling pipe inside for better dispersion of heat. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display.

Vivo's "APEX 2019" has also been designed with the ability of turning its display into a speaker by using "Body SoundCasting" technology.

Of course Vivo do not sell their phones here in Australia but then neither do OnePlus so there is nothing stopping you getting one. Stay tuned for more update. Vivo's Apex 2018 smartphone eventually turned into Vivo Nex to be sold commercially and we could see that happening with Apex 2019 as well (fingers crossed).

Thanks: Jade for the translation.