As expected, Vivo’s new Apex 2020 concept sees the daylight and we get to see what the company has been working on. Although the launch was expected to happen at MWC 2020, due to its cancellation Vivo postponed the plan. Nonetheless, we sit here to see what Vivo brings on the table.
Vivo’s Apex series has always been a sort of pinnacle of smartphone technology. Its first-ever Apex phone had a pop-up camera, while its second phone with 5G had no buttons or ports. And the Apex 2020 picks up from its predecessors’ reminiscence and certainly delivers in almost all aspects. We expected the phone to come with no side buttons at all, and we can see it now. The phone has an edgeless body with no buttons, instead, it substitutes it with capacitive ones.
The seamless display measures 6.45-inches with 2330 x 1080 resolution complemented by a first-ever 16MP in-display selfie camera with sides ending on 120-degree slopes. The camera uses 4-in-1 pixel binning offering 4MP shots and is layered by a glass that can pass six times more light compared to the other protective sheet.
This heckuva phone comes with an interesting camera at back. Like we said before, the rear gets a 48MP sensor with gimbal-like stabilization, which Vivo says has a 200% more angle of stabilizing over standard OIS systems. The lens will combine to produce 12MP images.
Then there’s a 16MP periscope camera with a real zoom range. This one can optically zoom from 5x-7.5x without the involvement of digital zoom. The periscope camera structure is pretty complicated with two groups of fixed lenses and two groups of moving lenses.
Alike the previous Apex phone, this one also doesn’t have any port so it all depends on wireless charging. Vivo’s Super FlashCharge 60W, though, might make this process a bit easy. It’s a 60W wireless charging with an ability to top up 2,000mAh battery in just 20 minutes.
Likewise, prior to this, the 2019 Apex phone had no earpiece or traditional speakers; and it’s pretty similar here as well. The Apex 2020 depends on third-generation Screen SoundCasting technology.
Although the first Apex phone made its way to the market in the Vivo Nex, the second didn’t get its commercial launch. And looks like the Apex 2020 also won’t make it to market anytime soon, as it’s a concept phone and shows what possible tech can be put inside a phone, but it’s hard and expensive to make.
However, we are pretty excited to see if bits and pieces of this phone will be implemented on other Vivo phones. While the in-display camera seemingly isn’t matured, the super fast wireless charging technology could be made available soon.