• Vivo Solves The Notch



    Our MWC 2018 coverage ends with this concept phone by Vivo called the Apex—or, to follow the letter of its press release, the APEX™ FullView™. Vivo is one of three brands owned by BBK Electronics, and while it's theoretically possible that we'll see this pop-up selfie cam on a future OnePlus device, it's more likely to be a feature for China-only phones. That camera assembly is motor-driven, by the way, and takes less than a second to lock into place.

    You'll recall that Vivo was the first OEM to market with an in-display fingerprint sensor on the X20 Plus UD; the Apex improves on that effort by making a full third of the screen fingerprint friendly. If preferred the user can also unlock the phone with two thumbprints simultaneously, for extra security.



    All this tech lives behind a display with an astonishing 98% screen to body ratio. You really need to see it in action to appreciate it, so here's a video overview by The Verge.

    Sources: Engadget, The Verge (1) (2), Vivo

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    Comments 5 Comments
    1. zapjb's Avatar
      zapjb -
      How can it be 98% screen to body ratio? Just looking at the blank black ribbon at the top makes it look like around ~80% screen to body ratio?
    1. turbogeek's Avatar
      turbogeek -
      I like it, as long as it doesn't defeat waterproofing. Someone should do a 2-stage version with the earpiece at level 1, and cam at level 2.
    1. aaronwt's Avatar
      aaronwt -
      Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
      How can it be 98% screen to body ratio? Just looking at the blank black ribbon at the top makes it look like around ~80% screen to body ratio?
      That looks like it was just a blank area while in photo mode. When looking at the home screen, it filled basically the entire front of the phone.

      Although having a camera lens come out of the phone like that is just asking to get broken. I wouldn't want any cell phone that did that. It would just cause nothing but problems in the long run.
    1. snoopygum's Avatar
      snoopygum -
      Essential owns the patent on a pop up selfie camera.
    1. turbogeek's Avatar
      turbogeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by snoopygum View Post
      Essential owns the patent on a pop up selfie camera.
      *Essential owns a patent on a pop-up selfie camera.