A closer look at Vivo’s all-glass, port-free concept 5G phone

Picture this: you’re holding two polished all-glass idea telephones for a photograph, at that point one slips off and breaks another unit on the table. The room goes calm. Everybody looks on in stunningness. You are left humiliated not on the grounds that you broke a telephone, but since you broke one of only a handful couple of uncommon units in presence. That was actually the end result for me at yesterday’s Vivo APEX occasion in Hong Kong.

Exhibition: Vivo APEX 2019 hands-on | 28 Photos


To refresh your memory, APEX is Vivo’s line of idea telephones, with the release that was reported not long ago being its second model. The pitch? It was some insane all-glass “Super Unibody” sans catches nor ports, and kid did it look smooth in the press shots. It wasn’t until yesterday – weeks after MWC wrapped – when I at long last got the chance to grasp a unit. Similarly as I was valuing the excellent feel of this uncommon gadget, however, my unit slipped off my hand and devastated another APEX in a showcase case, a mishap for which I was sorry abundantly.

To be reasonable, most glass telephones would be probably not going to endure the effect of another telephone arrival on a corner. But then, the fallen APEX stayed flawless, which proposes the “G2 bended surface waterdrop glass” serves its motivation. In particular, the glass thickens around the telephone’s bezel, subsequently the waterdrop shape in a cross-segment. All things considered, such assurance includes some significant downfalls: it requires a mind boggling process consolidating hot-twisting procedures and CNC glass forming strategies.


Apparently determined by the harmed model, item supervisor Ding Guanli disclosed to Engadget that there’s a decent shot that Vivo will mass-produce an all-glass gadget like this. Given the disastrous episode, Ding guaranteed me that the mass-delivered adaptation will some way or another be stronger to outside effect. Delicacy aside, the APEX still fills its need of displaying Vivo’s fundamental territories of intrigue with regards to future versatile tech. Or on the other hand as the executive put it, “we need to accomplish something that hasn’t been done previously.”

This Android Pie gadget has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 5G radio, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage room and 12MP/13MP double back cameras, yet none of that issues. It’s increasingly about the rundown of “firsts” here, including the absence of ports and physical catches; at that point in-show double unique mark peruser covering the whole FullView screen; the “MagPort” connector on the back to supplant the traditional USB port; and “Body SoundCasting Technology” replacing ordinary speakers.

Put something aside for the 5G network and an eSIM include which I couldn’t test, those highlights worked shockingly well amid my hour-long demo. What inspired me more than anything was the new full-show unique mark scanner, which can peruse two fingerprints all the while anyplace on the 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen. Even better, the enrollment procedure just required two taps for each unique finger impression, which is an immense improvement over the 10 or more taps required on existing telephones with comparative tech.

Another advantage of having an all-screen in-show unique finger impression peruser is that you’ll have the capacity to open and flip an application in only one tap. Envision the screen awakening consequently as you lift the telephone, and it demonstrates your most loved applications or alternate routes on the open screen, at that point it’s simply an issue of tapping an enrolled finger onto your ideal symbol to dispatch the application immediately.

As marvelous as this amplified in-show unique finger impression peruser sounds, Ding conceded this basically requires a variety of optical sensors covering the whole screen, which means an eminent knock underway expense. In that capacity, there’s no word on when we’ll see this innovation heated into a mass-delivered cell phone.

I would have likewise preferred to test this new unique mark peruser under shifted lighting conditions, for the most part since this turned into a torment point on my OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. All things considered, I’ve been primarily utilizing the NEX Dual Display Edition in the course of recent days, and its fifth-gen in-show unique mark peruser has so far been a blessing. In that capacity, Vivo likely won’t frustrate when it inevitably conveys the full-show form to the majority.

The APEX’s apparently progressively cleaned highlights worked fine as well. The three imperceptible catches – for volume and power – along the correct edge each utilization a capacitive sensor, yet they likewise depend on weight sensors for ideal touch affectability. It’s a truly shrewd arrangement, and the catches here were progressively wonderful to utilize – however maybe only a bit excessively touchy – than the weight detecting ones on the HTC U12+. There’s material input given by a direct engine, and at whatever point the catches are contacted, the screen incidentally indicates obvious signals to help the individuals who aren’t yet acquainted with them.

The MagPort is presumably the least energizing component here, however it’s likely the most useful one too. Despite the fact that we’re currently living with the comfort of reversible USB-C plugs, I began becoming attached to simply coolly slapping the attractive connector onto the pogo sticks on back of the APEX – with an almost 100-percent arrangement achievement rate also.

aid there’s no preventing them from tossing in something better on a large scale manufacturing model. All things considered, Vivo has its own one of a kind 44W Super FlashCharge tech, as included on the organization’s gaming-driven iQOO go. With respect to why not utilize remote charging here to free the pogo pins, Ding indeed said that it’s everything regarding taking a stab at something new; however he additionally conceded that pins are as yet required for wired USB information exchange, as there’s no reasonable remote option right now.

To wrap things up: sound. The “Body SoundCasting Technology” depends on actuators firmly joined to the glass back, so it was nothing unexpected that music sounded fresh when I held up the APEX. It was sufficiently boisterous, yet with a solid treble predisposition because of the idea of the sounding material. Fortunately, I recovered the full range when I set the telephone on the table – somewhat like the “Boombox Speaker” highlight presented on LG’s G7 ThinQ – and it sounded shockingly great. At any rate it did with that one pre-stacked soundtrack on the gadget.

It’s important that I didn’t get around to attempting the APEX’s undetectable earpiece. Hopefully that it’s a lot more intense than the piezoelectric execution on Xiaomi’s unique Mi Mix, which I attempted to use out in the city.

What’s more, indeed, I noticed the bewildering nonattendance of the forward looking camera on this APEX. While a year ago’s model offered a mechanized spring up selfie camera (which has since been streamed down to the NEX and the V15 arrangement), this successor discarded that include totally. I barbecued Ding regarding this matter, to which he put on his PR cap and pointed at how Vivo spearheaded the spring up camera, while additionally toying with double screen body alongside different indent plans to get around this issue.

When I pushed further, Ding faltered for a minute, and after that dropped a fascinating clue with a smile: “There could be different choices. You may utilize your most out of control creative energy.” Perhaps Vivo has effectively made sense of how to conceal the front camera underneath the screen? That would be the blessed vessel of all-screen cell phone plan. In any case, before that occurs, I’ll joyfully take the full-screen unique mark peruser for the present.