Recently there was an announcement of the era of Foldable designs in Mobile Devices. But according to sources at engadget, there seems to be a new era – all-screen designs.
The Chinese smartphone maker, Vivo’s Apex 2019 does exactly that and here is more information regarding this latest gadget.
The Vivo Apex 2019 –
The concept 5G phone has absolutely no holes or ports except for the small hole for the microphone. You would not find any USB port, speaker grill or SIM tray around this shiny slab of glass.
Meizu was, notably, first out of the gate here with the Zero, which debuted earlier this week. With MWC just over the horizon, we could, perhaps, be seeing more of these in the coming weeks; though “concept” is currently the operative word here.
Much like the Meizu Zero, Vivo’s new APEX will be relying on its screen; mostly OLED would act as a loudspeaker. Likewise with the invisible earpiece. As for USB connectivity, this will be substituted by a “MagPort” magnetic pogo pin connector to go towards the bottom side on the back. While this doesn’t sound as cool as Meizu’s proposed wireless USB feature, it’s far more practical and easier to execute. And most importantly, there’s eSIM to replace the SIM tray.
More Insight –
The Waterdrop Glass –
The body of the device is indeed a uni-body which is made up of “Curved-Surface Waterdrop Glass,” with the “waterdrop” part referring to the extra thickness around the edges, which serves as an alternative to the usual metallic mid-frame while also offering a cool translucent look. That said, I do wonder how well this will survive drops, especially when compared to Meizu’s ceramic offering.
To create this glass uni-body with uneven thickness, it requires a tedious process involving both heat bending and CNC machining, which likely won’t come cheap. Part of this glass also serves as a set of three pressure-sensitive capacitive buttons — think HTC U12+ but with glass instead of metal — along the right hand side, and these will presumably be mapped for toggling power and volume.
Specifications of the concept phone – Apex –
Even though the APEX 2019 is just a concept phone, Vivo still provided some detailed specifications, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with an unspecified 5G modem, a whopping 12GB of RAM plus 512GB of storage, and a 12MP + 13MP dual camera setup on the back.
Funnily enough, there’s no front camera here; which is ironic given how the original APEX’s main selling point was its pop-up selfie camera. At least we know for sure that there’s no way this new APEX will end up in the market as-is, despite its good looks and potentially great water resistance.
Vivo already showed off actual devices based on this concept at its Beijing event; and we’ll be able to take a closer look at MWC next month.