Vivo APEX: First Smartphone with Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Tech

Vivo is set to reveal the APEX FullView, a concept smartphone that will set a new benchmark for future smartphone designs. It features the highest screen-to-body ratio; and of course, the ground-breaking Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint scanning technology.

The Vivo APEX


Vivo is taking the FullView technology to another level by introducing cutting edge technologies in camera, speaker and sensor elements. Likewise, Vivo is also taking a leap in rethinking the design structure of conventional smartphones. Its take on fingerprint scanning technology has resulted in the world’s first Half-Screen Fingerprint Scanning Tech on the upcoming APEX.


Taking Bezels to the Limit

The APEX features unprecedented top and side bezels of 1.8mm (the thinnest in the industry) and a bottom bezel of 4.33-mm. The screen-to-body ratio will exceed 98% if the bottom bezel reaches 1.8mm, ultimately creating truly bezel-less experience. Thanks to the flexible OLED platform, the microchips are mounted directly to the flexible circuit board which enables the APEX’s staggering screen-to-body ratio.

Leveraging its accumulated expertise in audio technologies, Vivo introduces Screen SoundCasting Technology with APEX. This transforms the entire FullView™ Display into a speaker. The Screen SoundCasting Technology sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker. Compared to other audio solutions for bezel-less smartphones, it conserves power, reduces sound leakage, and optimizes low to high pitch sound for a better and more balanced audio experience.

In keeping with the promise to continuously support user habits, APEX also features an 8MP Elevating Front Camera. The camera seamlessly rises in 0.8 seconds when it is required and retracts after use. Together with the hidden proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, this eliminates the space taken up by conventional front cameras, while offering the same selfie experience to users. 

World’s First Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology

Following the success of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology at CES 2018, Vivo has installed the world’s first Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology in the APEX. Transforming the entire bottom half of the OLED screen, users can touch anywhere on the bottom half of the screen to perform fingerprint recognition, enabling a more flexible and intuitive experience while meeting industry standards for security. 

Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology also enables new usage scenarios, such as the new dual-fingerprint scanning feature in APEX for even greater strengthened security. 

Optimal Hi-Fi Quality, a Feast to the Ears

APEX deploys a new System in Package (SIP) technology to integrate the DAC and the three operational amplifiers together, reducing the need for circuit board space by nearly 60% compared to previous Xplay6. As this frees up more space in the smartphone’s interior, this technology can allow for increased battery size as well as cooling, thus opening potential for even more design improvements in future smartphones.
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