Vivo Officialy Announces First 5G Smartphone in Beijing


As Vivo operates under the same BBK umbrella as Oppo and OnePlus, it might just be a matter of time before Oppo and OnePlus also announce the official unveiling of their first 5G smartphones

Vivo Apex 2019 Concept 5G Smartphone

Vivo, at a press conference in Beijing, has announced the its new Apex 2019 5G concept smartphone. Vivo’s first 5G smartphone features curved-surface water-drop glass and no openings, seams or bezels.

“With the goal of enhanced usability and simplicity at the core, Apex 2019 offers consumers a glimpse into the future of smartphone design and development. The Super Unibody design and Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning technology, among several other breakthrough features, make APEX 2019 a truly exceptional smartphone that demonstrates Vivo’s continuous exploration and pursuit of exceptional innovation for consumers,” said Spark Ni, senior vice president of Vivo.

Many smartphone makers are trying their best to commercially launch the first 5G smartphone in the world. Korea based Samsung and LG are also rumored to unveil their 5G smartphones just before the upcoming Mobile World Congress in February 2019. As Vivo operates under the same BBK umbrella as Oppo and OnePlus, it might just be a matter of time before Oppo and OnePlus, also announce the official unveiling of their first 5G smartphones.

Vivo 5G Apex 2019 smartphone features and specs

The China-based smartphone maker has introduced a sleek and truly Full-View design that renders the bezel extinct. An official statement released by the brand read, “The device successfully delivers an unconventional smartphone experience by completely removing physical buttons – instead adopting Touch Sense technology, which brings together capacity touch and pressure-sensing. With carefully designed programming logic and software, the pressure sensors can tell if a user is pressing the frame and the capacity touch can determine its position, providing extra-sensitive accuracy.”

USB ports are replaced by a MagPort, a magnetic power connector which enables both charging and data transfer. Apex 2019 also turns its display into a speaker by using Body Sound-Casting technology, transforming the entire APEX 2019 display into a speaker via the screen vibration function, avoiding the need for a speaker grill. It is to be noted here that Meizu had also announced its hole-less smartphone just a few days ago.

APEX 2019 comes equipped with full-display fingerprint scanning technology, with a sensor covering almost the entire display. This enables users to touch almost anywhere on the screen to unlock the device seamlessly, supported by Vivo’s cutting-edge Fingerprint Light function – when the user’s finger is close to the display, the pixels around the touch point will automatically light up as an additional light source to help obtain a clear fingerprint image.

Vivo’s first 5G smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with a super-large memory of 12GB + 256GB, and is equipped with Jovi AI Assistant, along with many other smart functions.

Vivo’s official statement read, “APEX 2019 has also solved the challenge of limited motherboard space by using a Duplex PCB Design which has increased the available space by 20 per cent to minimize the overall stacking space. This is Vivo’s solution to free up space for the 5G modules, making the phone a true uni-body 5G phone.”

Apex 2019 5G smartphone will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona at the end of February.