At a press conference in Beijing, Vivo announced the 2019 edition of its APEX phone. Its first ever 5G smartphone, the APEX 2019 features a uniquely recognizable design that utilizes a curved-surface waterdrop glass, and no openings. Yes, you won’t see a speaker, or even a charging port, taking the minimalist smartphone design to a whole new level.

The APEX 2019’s FullView design completely rids the phone of bezels. The absence of physical buttons is made up for using Touch Sense Technology, which relies on capacitive touch and pressure sensing. Using carefully designed programming logic and software, the sensors can tell whether it’s the frame of the phone that’s being pressed, while capacitive touch determines position, resulting to extra-sensitive accuracy.

The USB port is replaced by a MagPort, a magnetic power connector for both charging and data transfer. This allows the body to be more compact, while also providing a more streamlined user experience.

The APEX 2019 turns the display into a speaker using Body SoundCasting Technology, which in turn also eliminates the need for a speaker grill, resulting to a more flowing and seamless design.

Unlike current generation in-display fingerprint sensors, the APEX 2019, with its Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning feature, is now able to recognize a fingerprint from anywhere in the screen. With the Fingerprint Light function, pixels around the touch point will automatically light up when the user’s finger is close to the display, acting as an additional light source to help obtain a clear fingerprint image.

A larger sensor also aids for added security for using apps. When a user wakes the device from an inactive screen and proceeds to press on an app icon for fingerprint scanning, they can immediately gain access to the app. This results to a fast and efficient process.

Vivo’s first 5G smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, along with 12GB of RAM and a hefty 256GB of storage. It will be showcased at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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