Vivo Apex phone scans your finger 'half-screen,' has a pop-up selfie cam

Vivo is no stranger to experimenting with concept phones, but its newest one, the Apex FullView, takes the idea of biometry placements to a whole new level. You see, when Synaptics touted its in-display finger scanners, it mentioned that their placement at a particular place is phase 3 in the development of invisible readers, while phase 4 would be placing them anywhere on the screen a manufacturer should desire.

The Vivo X20 Plus UD that was already announced, with fingerprint reader embedded under the phone's display, is still phase 3, but now Vivo comes out with Apex, which we'll be able to play around with at the MWC expo, and it can be deemed a phase 3.5. The phone lets you place your fingers anywhere on the bottom half of the display, and unlock it, or authorize apps to do stuff. That's not all, though, as the nearly bezel-less device found a clever place for the selfie camera, making it a pop-up affair that only shows when needed. 

In addition, you get a vibrating screen to emit audio instead of a regular earpiece, and there are a few other innovations in there, which may or may not make it to a retail phone soon, but are svelte nonetheless, so we'll spend some time with the phone when we get through all the Samsungs and Sonys and other actual devices that got announced today and on Sunday.


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