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.



1. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Finally! Something new and exciting. Good job Vivo!

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

This actual sounds pretty damn cool, I feel like the hardware will be a let down though, probably the SD660.

8. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

why do you need more than SD660?

15. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Don't you think state of the art tech fits better a futuristic design?

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

When you get use to having the best you can't have nothing less than the top of the line and just look at this concept in screams top of the line, why use anything less. Also manufactures have a bad habit of pairing a less powerful chip with to high of a display resolution.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, finally google cant peek with front camera. /s

3. duckofdeath unregistered

It's nice and all, but, some sensors just cant sit on an extendible arm like that concept camera. The ambient sensor, the proximity sensor for instance. There's also the worry about how long such a thing would keep working until dust clogs it up and breaks the mechanism. It's also either going to be an extremely low quality camera with a thin lens or the phone would have to be half an inch thick to accommodate the mechanism. That said, I'd personally not mind completely dumping the front facing camera for more screen real estate.

10. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Actually, those sensors are present. Look at this video and how the screen turn off when you cover the screen while on a call


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Wow that's called an innovation

6. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This is what I call an innovatation. Sure it's a concept, but they have working prototypes of the phone.

7. Poptart2828

Posts: 463; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Great job vivo. Hopefully this is what the xplay 7 will look like when it releases. My xplay 6 has served me well now am looking to upgrade to their newest innovations

9. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Built quality and Body Design is Awesome ..!

13. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This is the next evolution of phones right here. They need make the camera mechanism durable for long term would be the only concern. Love it!

14. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

Kudos to Vivo’s for innovating. Soon they’ll surely invent the first full screen fingerprint scanner and 100% screen to body ratio. These were the features I was expecting Samsung to bring but time to get rid of boring Samsung.

17. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017


16. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This is actually an awesome concept that I hope becomes a reality soon enough. Well done, Vivo.

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