Vivo APEX Concept Phone With Snapdragon 845 SoC Launched Officially

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Like we talked before, Vivo has made the dreams of almost 100% screen to body ratio come true to live by finally lifting the curtain up from the Vivo APEX smartphone in China. The extremely sleek looking gadget has very thin to almost no bezel and is powered by Snapdragon 845 CPU. Also, it’s one of the first devices in the market to fashion an under-display fingerprint scanner and a pop-up camera which gives the phone its name, APEX. Vivo’s top priority this time is to provide users with an immersive full-screen experience, without the hindrance of sensors, camera, buttons or any fingerprint scanner around the display.


That’s why the device ships with a 5.99-inch OLED display with COF technology. The company has placed all the sensors below the screen, thus hiding them away and providing the users with a very compelling screen to body ratio. Although it’s not the first time that Vivo has introduced the fingerprint scanner on the screen, they have done it before for the Vivo X20 Plus UD, but the scanner was only available at one spot on the screen. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case for the APEX, the entire lower half of the screen is dedicated as a fingerprint scanner thus making it faster in some ways and more accurate for detection. Not to forget, the screen surely supports multi fingerprint recognition.

Fascinatingly, the numbers for the display specifications are very attractive. Sporting side bezels of only 1.8mm and a bottom bezel of 4.3mm this is a truly design centred phone, and it surely comes ahead of expectations. The thickness of the phone is also just 7.8mm, which we’re sure is going to provide a premium feel for the users of the phone. The pop-up camera which is the latest and possibly the most interesting highlight of the phone is on the top edge. It only takes 0.8 seconds to come up from the top. The back camera supports HDR and has a dynamic range of up to 14 EV. Vivo uses pretty high tech technology involving AI algorithms, character optimisations, natural tones, multi-frame preferences to power this camera which will be in turn make up for high-quality pictures. The Powerful Snapdragon 845 SoC remains under the hood as usual.


While keeping the design as their prime concern Vivo has not left out the users who seek a good experience in their phone by putting into place a ‘System in Package’ (SIP) technology, offering Hi-Fi audio along with three amplifiers and DAC. This will provide a good advancement in design as Vivo seems to be slowly overcoming the problem of providing a very high-quality speaker experience in thin phones.

It is to be seen whether or not Vivo will be able to impress the crowd with their design brilliance. It also depends on the entire specifications of the device and the competition at that point of time.

The detailed specifications telling us about the more important aspects of the phone like RAM, storage etc. have not yet been disclosed but there are two prominent pointers we get from this news – Firstly, the Vivo APEX is going to be powered by the mighty Snapdragon 845 chipset and secondly the mass production of the phone will begin in middle of the year.

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