Vivo announces the Apex 2019 concept phone with full-display fingerprint sensor and more

The Meizu Zero isn't the only mobile device now that's devoid of ports, physical buttons, and speaker grill, as Vivo has unveiled today its own take to the "non-porous" phone concept. Vivo's Apex 2019 concept smartphone is a follow-up to a similar device that was introduced last year, which paved the way for the company's pop-up camera while also putting behind the traditional smartphone design.

At a press conference in Beijing, Vivo showed off the Apex 2019 sans ports, buttons, and seams. Additionally, its bezels and screen-to-body ratio are slimmed down aggressively. It's important to note, however, that this is only a concept phone, which means it may not end up having all of the claimed features.

There are some interesting changes to its design that depart from the norm. In lieu of physical buttons is the Touch Sense technology, which basically combines capacitive touch and pressure sensors. Also, there are no port openings like a headphone jack (unsurprisingly) and even a charging port such as for USB-C. Instead, the phone has a magnetic connector on the back called MagPort which handles charging and data transfer. Where the speaker grill is missing, the phone makes use of the Body SoundCasting technology to produce sound from the display through screen vibration.

Perhaps, the phone's most interesting feature is its Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning technology, which will allow you to place your finger on any part of the screen to unlock the device. It has a dual-camera setup on the back as well. Unlike last year's Apex, however, the new concept phone doesn't have a (popup) selfie camera.

Vivo's Apex 2019 is also its first foray into 5G, since it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also features Vivo's Jovi personal assistant. The concept phone will be demonstrated at next month's MWC which will take place in Barcelona.

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