Vivo's Apex has 'half-screen' fingerprint scanner

Even more secure than scanning one fingerprint? Scanning two.                  Andrew Hoyle  CNET

Since it is a concept phone, it won't hit the stores in the near future.

Vivo has unveiled a truly bezel-less smartphone called Vivo Apex, which is a concept at this stage.

It means you and your partner/friend/colleague/pet chimpanzee can each proffer a finger to the phone, and only when you're both present will you be able to access the device as a whole, or certain areas of it. The phone comes with a top and side bezels of 1.8mm thickness, while the bottom is just 4.3mm thick. This insane concept of hiding the selfie camera is to embrace the 6-inch no bezel display (literally) with 98 per cent screen-to-body-ratio. This is beyond impressive. This is because Vivo uses a flexible OLED panel that is mounted directly to a flexible circuit board, enabling the Apex's staggering screen-to-body ratio. As you can imagine, this saves crucial space that can be used to make the phone's profile as small as possible.

Vivo, a company that might be fresh in your short-term memory because they showed off in-display fingerprint tech back at CES, has brought its A+ concept game to MWC.

It doesn't quite take up half of the display though, instead the scanner covers a reasonable portion of the bottom half of the screen. The phone basically vibrates in order to make sound, and the sound output is not almost as bad as it was on the first-gen Mi MIX, but the downside is... people around you will be able to listen in on your calls without a problem. Vivo APEX, however, is still a concept phone and the company says it has no plans to release the actual product in this particular form.

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Vivo has created what it calls Screen SoundCasting Technology.

If Vivo managed to tuck the front camera without compromising bezels, there was no question of adding one for the speaker. In fact, it does not have a microphone, instead, it uses the SounCasting technology similar to the one found on the Mi MIX, which turns the entire display into a speaker. Vivo claims that this technology conserves power, reduces sound leakage, and optimises low to high pitch sound for a better and more balanced audio experience.

The phone contains a traditional loudspeaker at the bottom also, and a dual-camera setup which seems more or less inspired by iPhone 8/ 8 Plus.

The final result is that the space for the circuit board has been cut down by nearly 60 percent, compared to the older Vivo Xplay6. This frees up the smartphone's interior and the technology also improve the space for the battery size as well as cooling and thus sets yet another benchmark for design improvements in future smartphones.

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