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Vivo's Apex 2019 concept phone has no buttons, cutouts, or ports!

By James Lu - on 25 Jan 2019, 11:09am

Vivo's Apex 2019 concept phone has no buttons, cutouts, or ports!

A few weeks ago, pictures of a mysterious Vivo phone was leaked claiming to show a new "revolutionary design that will subvert people's past perception of smartphones."

Vivo has now unveiled that phone officially, at an event in Beijing, and it's definitely revolutionary. The Apex 2019 is a concept phone with no input ports, no buttons, and an almost bezel-free display. It has a full-screen in-display fingerprint scanner and 5G connectivity.

The Vivo Apex features a “Super Unibody” curved glass design that has absolutely no ports or chassis holes. That means, no headphone port, no USB-C port, and no speaker grilles. According to Vivo, the screen itself vibrates to act as a speaker.

The phone is charged via a rear-mounted magnetic connector that also allows for data transfer. Strangely enough, it does not support Qi wireless charging, which seems like it would have been a must-have for this phone.

The phone is one of the first with a full-display fingerprint scanner. Rather than the more common in-display readers that require you to place your finger on a specific spot, the Apex's scanner will work wherever you touch the display.

In terms of hardware, the Vivo Apex 2019 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and will also include the Snapdragon X50 5G modem for 5G connectivity. It will have 12GB RAM, matching Lenovo's Z5 Pro GT.

There's a dual camera module on the back of the phone, but so far, Vivo hasn't released any specific information about it. The selfie camera is still a mystery. It doesn't appear to have a slider or a cutout so either it doesn't have a selfie camera or Vivo has some kind of amazing in-display camera they've yet to unveil.

Vivo will be bringing the Apex 2019 to MWC next month, so we'll know more about it then.