Vivo APEX is a concept smartphone half screen fingerprint sensor

This phone of the future has a pop up selfie camera and half-screen fingerprint scanner

This phone of the future has a pop up selfie camera and half-screen fingerprint scanner

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.

The reason for the 8MP Elevating Front Camera is to make more room for a screen as instead of the front camera sitting in the top bezel, it rises from the smartphone, when required, and retracts after use.

It's just a prototype, so a future design may gain a faster flip mechanism, but it's an interesting way to avoid an iPhone X-like notch.

Vivo thinks this feature could allow two different people lock something on the phone for added security.

At CES this year, Vivo showcased a concept phone with In-display fingerprint sensor. It features a pop-up selfie camera instead of a more typical lens built into the device's bezel, audio technology called screen soundcasting, which makes it seem like sound is emanating from the display itself, and fingerprint sensors embedded in a almost bezel-free screen.

But unlike the ready-to-use on-screen fingerprint scanning technology which was immediately adopted in Vivo's X20 Plus UD models launched in Beijing on January 25, the company did not elaborate on the technical challenges for mass production. It argues that it should save on power, reduce sound leakage and offer a superior audio experience.

The Vivo APEX concept shows how the company is pushing the envelope on smartphone design, and it also confirms that Vivo itself is a company that is willing to take risks and stand away from the crowd by setting its own trends.

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Vivo is the first ever OEM to introduce a new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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So what exactly makes the Vivo APEX so special?

This bad boy comes with multiple unique and groundbreaking features, although it's also unlikely to hit stores anytime soon. So, until then, you are better off buying some other smartphones with bezel-less design.

The Apex packs an OLED display of unspecified size that is surrounded by essentially no bezels. This means your ear needn't be in one specific spot when taking calls, it can touch any part of the phone - as we found when trying it out on a sample call.

It takes a little extra time to get the camera going, but that is apparently the cost of being able to use all of the front of the device as a display. 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.

It all starts with a massive 6-inch screen that has whittled the bezels to an impossible 1.8mm on three sides and 4.3mm on the bottom. But the phone really impresses as the concept phone works flawless.

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