MWC 2018

Vivo’s newest Apex concept phone showcases another world’s first

This is a true bezel-less phone

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Following the success of the in-display fingerprint reader that was showcased during CES 2018 earlier this year, Vivo is at it again with their next-generation under-display biometrics. The company’s pioneer approach in fingerprint scanning technology (with the help of Synaptics) now resulted in the world’s first half-screen fingerprint scanner and highest screen-to-body ratio.

Housing all the new feats of Vivo is their latest concept phone called Apex. At first look, you would not believe how the phone managed to be a true bezel-less phone without a notch or wide chin.


The Apex concept phone features the thinnest top and side phone bezels at 1.8mm, with a 4.3mm bottom bezel. Vivo envisions the concept phone to achieve a uniformly thin bezel to get a 98 percent screen-to-body. That’s basically an all-screen phone like we see in sci-fi films. This is made possible by OLED panels and integrated microchips on the flexible circuit board.

“Apex is an iteration of our constant pursuit of setting new industry standards and to deliver the ultimate mobile experience,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo

Borrowing some inspiration from Xiaomi’s Mi Mix speaker-less (at least for the earpiece) design, Vivo introduces Screen SoundCasting Technology which transforms the entire display into a speaker. It vibrates the entire screen to produce sounds like a speaker. We’ve yet to hear how this sounds like, but it’s surely unique among mobile phones.

Another innovation that the Apex concept phone has is an elevating front camera. With no space to put a camera anywhere around the display, Vivo placed it inside the phone. It’s an 8-megapixel shooter that automatically rises up when needed and retracts after use. Perhaps, the added privacy protection should also be mentioned here.

But, the star feature of the phone is its in-display fingerprint reader which is now the entire bottom half of the display. Unlike with the Vivo X20 Plus UD wherein you have to hit a specific spot, users can now touch anywhere on the bottom half of the screen. This also enables dual fingerprint scanning for stronger security.

Hi-Fi audio is still a thing for Vivo. On the Apex, they were able to put in a system in package (SIP) tech to integrate the DAC and three other amplifiers together, thus reducing nearly 60 percent of needed space compared to their Xplay6 smartphone.

The Vivo Apex is still a working concept phone, so there’s no concrete date when we’ll see a retail unit. But with the fast implementation of under-display fingerprint readers, it’ll only be a matter of time for this bizarre concept to be sold for everyone to use.

SEE ALSO: Unknown Vivo phone appears with slimmest bezels we’ve ever seen

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Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands-On

Testament to Nokia’s craftsmanship

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Two years after making its big comeback, Nokia is slowly filling in the pieces of its Android smartphone lineup. The star of course has to be the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the most premium from the announcements at Mobile World Congress.

But our favorite is the Nokia 7 Plus, a near-borderless Android One phone with Zeiss optics and a beautiful build.


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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Are these new features worth the price increase?

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In our Samsung Galaxy S9 Review video, we hope to answer questions you may have to help you make an informed decision before buying the phone.

Is Dual Aperture a gimmick? How good is the S9’s camera? S9 or S9+? Is it even worth it?


SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-On: AR Emoji and super slow-mo

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YouTubers React to the Samsung Galaxy S9

Do they look like their AR Emoji?

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A new color, internal camera upgrades, and a few minor changes here and there don’t necessarily make the S9 look or feel new.

But is retaining the same beautiful, sleek design such a bad thing? Are the subtle improvements worth the high price tag? Is AR Emoji a gimmick?


YouTubers Mrwhosetheboss, Joshua Vergara, GadgetsBoy, GadgetsJon, The Tech Chap, David Imel, PC Centric, and Isa Rodriguez tell us what they think about the the Samsung Galaxy S9.

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