After unveiling an APEX concept smartphone last year, Vivo has launched yet another APEX phone. It offers us a glimpse of features that could come to other smartphones in the next few years. Some of those features include a gimbal-like stabilization and a whopping 60W wireless charging.
The Vivo APEX 2020 is a working smartphone concept, and it was meant to be unveiled during MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2020, which was canceled. Nonetheless, Vivo unveiled it online earlier today. The phone features an excessively curved screen, a dual-camera with vastly improved image stabilization and zoom capabilities, and relies solely on wireless charging.
The phone features a 6.45-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen that is completely bezel-less, and it is curved 120 degrees towards its sides. There are no buttons on the phone, so it has to be turned on or off using a pressure-sensitive area on the frame. It lacks volume buttons, too. Instead of a traditional earpiece, the APEX 2020 uses a third-generation Screen SoundCasting technology that vibrates the screen to produce sound.
The new APEX smartphone also integrates an in-display selfie camera that appears only when it is being used. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see it. It is a 16MP sensor with 4-in-1 pixel binning and is covered by glass that is six times more transmissive of light compared to the rest of the glass covering the screen.
At the rear, the phone has a dual-camera setup. It has a 48MP sensor with a gimbal-like stabilization technology that Vivo claims to have 200% more angle of stabilizing. Then there’s a 16MP camera sitting behind a periscope lens that features continuous optical zoom from 5x to 7.5x. The periscope lens achieves continuous zooming capabilities through two sets of fixed lenses and two sets of moving lenses.
There are no ports on the Vivo APEX 2020, so how would one charge the phone? Well, it features 60W wireless charging, and the company claims that its fast wireless technology can charge a 2,000mAh battery in just 20 minutes. While this phone won’t make it to retail shelves anywhere in the world, we would see bits of its futuristic technologies in other smartphones that the company will launch this year and the next few years.
The Vivo APEX smartphone concept lineup is critical in letting us know which features to expect in smartphones of the future. We could see the technology behind its invisible front-facing camera in smartphones from Apple in the near future. While the curved screen is a bit too much and seems impractical, the phone’s gimbal-like camera stabilization feature could be used in smartphones in the next couple of years.
Are you as amazed by seeing the Vivo APEX 2020 and its futuristic features as we are? Let us know which of its features would you like to see in future iPhones.