MWC 2018: Vivo unveils APEX concept smartphone

The bezel-less smartphone features the world’s first half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology with innovations in camera, speaker and sensors.

The Vivo APEX Looks like a truly “bezel-less” (concept) smartphone, with screen-to-body ratio exceeding 98%.

The Vivo APEX Looks like a truly “bezel-less” (concept) smartphone, with screen-to-body ratio exceeding 98%.

Vivo boasts that the new concept smartphone features the world’s highest screen-to-body ratio and groundbreaking half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology.

Read the details about APEX in their press releases below (Chinese version included).

In pushing the boundaries of mobile experience, Vivo has taken its FullView™ technology to a whole new level by introducing new engineering breakthroughs in camera, speaker and sensor elements as well as rethinking the design structure of conventional smartphones.

Vivo’s pioneering approach in fingerprint scanning technology has resulted in the world’s first Half-Screen Fingerprint Scanning Technology on APEX, building on the success of industry’s first mass-produced In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone X20 Plus UD.

New Structural Design that Takes Bezels to the Limit

The APEX features unprecedented top and side bezels of 1.8mm – the thinnest in the industry, with a 4.3mm bottom bezel.

To avoid taking up space on the front surface of the phone, the APEX features an 8-megapixel Elevating Front Camera which pops up in 0.8 seconds to take pictures and retracts after use.

To avoid taking up space on the front surface of the phone, the APEX features an 8-megapixel Elevating Front Camera which pops up in 0.8 seconds to take pictures and retracts after use.

The screen-to-body ratio will exceed 98% if the bottom bezel reaches 1.8mm, ultimately creating truly bezel-less experience.

Thanks to the flexible OLED platform, microchips mounted directly to the flexible circuit board enables the APEX’s staggering screen-to-body ratio.

Leveraging its accumulated expertise in audio technologies, Vivo introduces Screen SoundCasting Technology with APEX, transforming the entire FullView™ Display into a speaker.

The Screen SoundCasting Technology sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker.

“APEX is an iteration of our constant pursuit of setting new industry standards and to deliver the ultimate mobile experience. From breakthroughs in audio, photography to In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, Vivo has remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones,” Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said.

Compared to other audio solutions for bezel-less smartphones, it conserves power, reduces sound leakage, and optimizes low to high pitch sound for a better and more balanced audio experience.

In keeping with the promise to continuously support user habits, APEX also features an 8-megapixel Elevating Front Camera.

The camera seamlessly rises in 0.8 seconds when it is required and retracts after use.

Together with the hidden proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, this eliminates the space taken up by conventional front cameras, while offering the same selfie experience to users.

World’s First Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology

Following the success of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology at CES 2018, Vivo has installed the world’s first Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology in the APEX.

“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,” said Feng.

Transforming the entire bottom half of the OLED screen, users can touch anywhere on the bottom half of the screen to perform fingerprint recognition, enabling a more flexible and intuitive experience while meeting industry standards for security.

Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology also enables new usage scenarios, such as the new dual-fingerprint scanning feature in APEX for even greater strengthened security.

Optimal Hi-Fi Quality, a Feast to the Ears

APEX deploys a new System in Package (SIP) technology to integrate the DAC and the three operational amplifiers together, reducing the need for circuit board space by nearly 60% compared to previous Xplay6.

As this frees up more space in the smartphone’s interior, this technology can allow for increased battery size as well as cooling, thus opening potential for even more design improvements in future smartphones.

For those who prefer reading in Chinese, below is the Chinese version of the press release.

vivo APEX全面屏概念手机正式亮相

屏幕指纹技术再升级 引领行业打造真正全面屏手机

新加坡,2018年2月26日 – vivo APEX 全面屏概念手机正式亮相,是迄今为止,行业内屏占比最大的全面屏手机。

vivo用它描绘了「未来手机」的雏形,引领行业向打造真正全面屏手机的目标再次迈进。

为打造极致的手机体验,vivo在拍摄、扬声器和传感器方面引入新的突破性设计,同时重新检视传统智能手机的设计结构,从而将全面屏技术带入了一个前所未有的领域。

vivo延续了首次量产屏幕指纹手机X20 Plus 屏幕指纹版的成功基础,在指纹识别技术方面取得革命性突破,成功在APEX概念机上应用全球首创的半屏指纹解锁技术。

攻克全面屏设计难题

vivo APEX将边距压缩到行业前所未见的尺寸, 上、左、右三条边距均为1.8mm,达到业内最窄水准;下边距4.3mm,如果四条边距均达到1.8mm就可以被定义为100%全面屏,那么APEX屏占比已达到98%以上。

从视觉效果上看,正面几乎全是屏幕,无论是游戏、观影还是阅读,它都能给用户带来前所未有的视觉震撼。

vivo的高级副总裁Alex Feng表示: “APEX是我们不断追求提供极致手机体验的成果。从音频技术的突破、拍照再到屏幕指纹技术,vivo一直致力于实现我们对未来智能手机的展望。我们在这款概念机上展示的只是创新技术的一小部分。我们将在未来继续探索各种可能性,不断突破关键技术难点,寻找最优解决方案,为所有消费者带来最卓越的体验。”

相比于传统手机, APEX做到的不止是在原有的机身尺寸下,扩大屏占比,而是打破用户对于手机外貌的惯性思维,创造性地改变了机身内部结构,完成了全面屏设计的一整套技术解决方案。

Vivo用全面屏发声技术取代了听筒发声,声音由激励器、中框、玻璃逐级传递,最终通过屏幕震动令用户感知。

这种设计方案功耗更小,漏音更少,听感更加,同时保证了全面屏的一体性。

此外,vivo更是首次将升降式摄像头设计由概念变为现实,它解决了前置摄像头的成像效果与手机屏占比难以兼得的问题。

平时前置摄像头隐藏于机身内部,打开相机自拍时会自动升起,推出后自动降落,响应时间仅0.8秒。

光线感应器和距离感应器是制约APEX实现全面屏设计的另一道难关。

对此,vivo将光线感应器的位置移至机身顶部,并搭载了行业前沿的隐藏式距离感应元件技术,隐藏于屏幕下方,以达到不损失用户体验的目的。

对于寸土寸金的机身内部空间来说,每个元器件位置的更改都会牵一发而动全身。

vivo勇于走在行业前沿,持续创新,只为给用户提供非凡的科技体验。

屏幕指纹技术的又一次突破

vivo作为屏幕指纹技术的领先者,已在vivo X20 Plus屏幕指纹版中攻克了层层难关,解决了量产难的问题。

但vivo的目标远不止于此,为了提供给用户更加便捷的指纹体验, APEX上搭载了半屏指纹解锁技术,用户验证指纹时无须寻找固定指纹输入位置,在屏幕下半部分的任意位置均可识别,解锁动作更加自然,体验更加自由。

提供给用户最佳指纹体验是vivo的初衷, APEX所采用的多点屏幕指纹技术不仅可以让用户实现「闭着眼睛解锁」,同时在指纹识别速度、安全性、准确率等方面也同样满足时下标准。

此外, APEX还搭载了独特的双指纹识别解锁功能,开启双人指纹识别解锁模式,两人同时在场才能解锁手机私密空间,为手机增加一层额外的安全保护。

走在行业前端,探索科技未来

为了在全面屏手机上释放“寸土寸金”的内部空间,在不损失Hi-Fi音质的情况下,APEX还创造性地采用SIP技术,高效封装一颗DAC解码芯片及三颗运放芯片,将布板面积缩小约60%,为全面屏手机未来的内部空间设计,带来了更多可能性。

全面屏将会是vivo近几代产品的核心,vivo将不断突破关键技术难点,寻找最优解决方案,用创新寻求全球化发展的突破口。

全面屏概念手机vivo APEX的出现,不仅让行业和消费者认识到了vivo在技术研发上的投入和努力,同时也彰显了vivo品牌本身对于科技创新的全情投入以及精益求精的态度。

从2016年开始,vivo就已经着手于全球市场布局全面屏。

2017年9月,vivo发布首款X系列全面屏旗舰机vivo X20、X20 Plus,并陆续于海外市场发布V系列全面屏旗舰机V7等。

未来,伴随着vivo在技术方面的不断完善,以及对于产品的持续打磨,vivo APEX终将会从概念走向现实,为用户提供更加出色的使用体验。

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