Vivo's concept Apex is real and it could be your Nex phone

Joanna Estrada
June 12, 2018

You know, the whole nine yards.

The smartphone comes with a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED Ultra FullView "Zero Screen" Display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.24 percent and 2316 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. Other local manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei are also using the in-display fingerprint scanning technology on their latest high-end devices, but we are yet to see it present on a widely-available device, even moreso on one that could be bought in the United States of A.

The phone's pièce de résistance is the retractable 8MP front camera.

The earpiece has also been removed from its usual spot and has been replaced with a vibrating screen. vivo claims that the Screen SoundCasting Technology should deliver better-sounding bass and softer treble.

The motor can push up to 500 g, withstand a thrust force of 45KG, and can be raised and lowered over 50,000 times. The Vivo Nex with model number PD1806 was benchmarked on June 9.

For the Vivo Nex, you can only place your finger or thumb in a specific area on the screen. If you're in the West and keen to try this phone, you'll have to wait.

Speaking of the OS, the vivo NEX S gets the so-called Jovi voice assistant.

The X21, Vivo's previous flagship, is technically a mid-ranger, due to its Snapdragon 660 processor.

As far as performance goes, the NEX is a right proper flagship device, boasting a Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of native storage, and a hefty 4,000mAh battery.

Storage-wise you may be disappointed to hear there's no microSD card slot, but instead the company has included 256GB of storage on the phone as the standard amount, so most buyers should have more than enough space.

On the back of the device there's a dual-lens camera that uses one 12MP lens and another 5MP one.

Vivo has packed in loads of other features here too including a beauty mode, panoramas and artificial intelligence filters that will work in a similar way to Snapchat. The main camera features Dual Pixel technology for fast focusing, and both lenses come with optical and electronic image stabilization. Vivo says it used AI techniques to improve scene recognition, HDR, and photo composition, though this may be just another example of companies abusing the term "AI".

Funtouch is a heavily iOS-inspired Android skin, complete with a Control Center-like quick settings panel that is accessible with a swipe from the bottom. Today, the company has officially unveiled the Vivo NEX smartphone at an event held in China.

No word on worldwide availability - the press release just says that it will be available in China but we knew that from the start. It will be available in black and red color options. We don't now know if it has Gorilla Glass protection or not.

If it does come out in other countries, we'd expect Vivo to rework the operating system on the phone for that release. We'll update this post as more details surface.

These new technologies may be embraced over the next few years by companies around the world, and we just hope the Vivo Nex is deemed big enough to be available all around the world as soon as possible.

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