We have been anticipating the announcement of the Vivo Apex 2019. The company has been teasing their full-screen handset, with the device expected to be both portless and bezel-less.
Vivo has a reputation for unique solutions for the selfie camera, being the first to release a pop-up selfie camera last year. This year with the Vivo Apex 2019 the handset lacks a headphone jack, USB-C port and speaker and fingerprint reader, having integrated the last two into the screen. The screen features a near full-screen under-screen fingerprint reader and “body soundcasting” which uses the screen as a speaker. Charging is surprisingly not handled via wireless charging but by exposed magnetic contacts on the back of the phone.
It is, however, the front-facing camera issue which is being dealt with in a very unique way – Vivo is simply leaving it out, saying users would focus on the other features of the handset instead. It features two rear cameras of unspecified resolution and features.
The device is otherwise a 5G phone with Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.
Vivo says the device is a concept and does to fully represent the final device that will be shipped.
We had high hopes for Vivo’s 2019 solution, but even more, than Meizu’s Zero device the handset is a compromise too far. Hopefully, the final device will be more practical and standards-adherent.
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Via the verge