Vivo had been teasing its latest concept flagship smartphone for a while, even up till this morning. But now, its finally here as the company launched the Vivo Apex 2020. It arrives with many first of its kind features ranging from cameras display and more.
Vivo Apex 2020
The concept flagship was initially slated to be unveiled during the MWC 2020 in Barcelona. Unfortunately, ever since the cancelation of the major event, many OEMs like Vivo lost a stage for various launches. However, the company in a special launch event earlier today (28th February 2020) has finally announced the Apex 2020.
Design and Specifications
One of the highlighting features of the Vivo Apex 2020 is undoubtedly its display. It sports a 6.45 inch “FullView Edgeless Display” with a 120 degree curved edge. In other words, its a curve far beyond what last year’s flagship the Vivo Nex 3 featured and has been aptly dubbed as a “waterfall display.” Similar to previous iterations, the Vivo Apex 2020 doesn’t feature any ports, opening or seams. In its stead, the smartphone is equipped with virtual buttons.
Furthermore, the notch on the Apex 2020 is almost nonexistent, and impressively, the Apex 2020 has managed to successfully integrate a 16 megapixel selfie camera right under the display. Vivo stated that this was achieved thanks to an increase in light transmittance in the portion of the display that houses the camera by 6 times. The company has even heavily relied on software algorithms to achieve better image quality.
Under the hood, the Vivo Apex 2020 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 SoC with the X55 5G Modem. It is also equipped with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The display resolution is 1080p and the phone weighs 169 grams. The device runs the latest Android 10 and arrives in both Black and White colors as well.
When talking about smartphone cameras, Vivo isn’t exactly the first name that pops into one’s mind. However, it seems that the company has outdone itself with various first of its kind technologies. The rear camera module features what Vivo calls the “continuous optical zoom” lens. In simpler terms, unlike most flagship telephoto/periscopic lens which feature both optical and digital zoom to achieve magnified results; the Vivo Apex 2020 presents an actual moving lens, enabling magnification capabilities ranging from 5x to 7.5x zoom.
Vivo stated that the 16 megapixel lens is just 6.2mm thick due to its periscopic design, allowing it to be housed in the 8.8mm body. But the innovation doesn’t end there, the company has made a major breakthrough in the industry with its Gimbal-like stabilizing camera for its 48 megapixel primary camera. Vivo claims this provides an increase in stabilization by over 200 percent in comparison to current OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) standards of today.
Apparently, the company designs for the new camera module was inspired by the moving eyes of a chameleon, helping it better track objects. Although, it is currently unknown just what implications and practical uses the design will offer in real life. Just to put it into perspective, a gimbal-like stabilization and optical zoom of this caliber are generally seen in proper handheld cameras, so it is nothing short of an impressive feat that has been achieved.
Battery and 60W Wireless Fast Charging
Yes, you read it right. The Vivo Apex 2020 supports 60W wireless fast charging. Since the smartphone has no ports, wireless charging is the only way to go, and the company pulled out every trick up its sleeve to make it highly practical. Vivo claims that the technology can charge a 2,000mAh battery pack in just 20 minutes. Thus, this wireless charging technology is capable of even rivaling most wired fast charging solutions out there.
The Apex 2020 is the culmination of efforts from Vivo’s dedicated R&D department, engineers, designers and a whole lot more. Although the device wouldn’t see a mass commercial launch, it still showcases the innovation the smartphone industry has to offer. Each iteration in the Apex series brings new things to the table, and the 2020 edition has just raised the bar. We may see a new Vivo Nex device that brings a lot of these features to a commercial device in the near future, but as of right now, the device remains a concept smartphone and will not be available for purchase.
So let us know in the comments down below about what you think of this smartphone.