Vivo shows off concept smartphone with pop-up camera and in-display speakers

Andrew Hoyle  CNET

The screen-to-body ratio will exceed 98 percent if the company succeeds in reducing the bottom bezel to 1.8mm. The front camera rises from the body in 0.8 seconds when required before retracting after use, further minimizing the footprint of the top bezel. The Vivo Apex concept also has an embedded fingerprint sensor but slightly different.

This phone also incorporates world's first Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. Similar to the X20 Plus UD, the technology will require an OLED screen in order to light up your fingerprints so the sensor can pick it up.

The concept device features an 8-megapixel elevating front camera and the company's own "Screen SoundCasting" technology that sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker. Vivo has a workaround for this too: In-Display Fingerprint Scanning. It argues that it should save on power, reduce sound leakage and offer a superior audio experience. The Vivo Apex manages its impressive screen-to-body ratio by making innovations, not compromises.

At the CES 2018, Vivo showcased the world's first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint sensor.

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As the demand for electronic devices equipped with full-sized screens grows, all major brands are trying to come up with solutions to make the largest screen possible to deliver an even better viewing experience for users.

The phone's earpiece is built into the display.

It takes a little extra time to get the camera going, but that is apparently the cost of being able to use all of the front of the device as a display.

The first new feature is a selfie camera that actually pops out when you want to use it (pictured above). It often took multiple tries to unlock the phone with a finger in the sweet zone, even though it's supposed to work no matter which way your finger is oriented.

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As tech giant Apple has already ditched its fingerprint scanner (Touch ID) in the iPhone X, Android phones are still intact on this tech and companies like Vivo playing around and innovating new ways with this fingerprint scanning tech, who knows this might be the future of Android phones.

The concept smartphone sets a new benchmark for future smartphone design with world's highest screen to body ratio that is touted as almost 98 percent.

Traditionally smartphones sported the fingerprint sensor at the bottom bezel of phones.

Since this is a concept phone, don't expect it to hit mass production or retail shelves anytime soon. While this is - again - a concept, this might be the reality we are quickly approaching.

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