Vivo is making a habit of releasing otherworldly designs. The Chinese company boasted about the Apex last February, unveiling a design with 98% screen-to-body ratio and in-display fingerprint tech. Vivo is now kicking things up a notch with the Apex 2019.

Vivo announced the Apex 2019 at a press conference in Beijing. Hence, it’s safe to say that the phone is unlike any other in the market today. There are no openings anywhere on the device. Vivo even got rid of the USB port. However, substituted it with magnetic connector at the back called MagPort that lets one charge the device and transfer data.

The Apex 2019 displays that possibility of a future of phone that are very simple yet with enhanced usability. The idea of a Super Unibody design brings the smartphone aesthetics to a different level. Vivo knows design and innovation, after all, it’s the first company in commercial phone with a working in-display fingerprint scanner.

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  • The Apex 2019 is a slab of glass and metal with rounded edges and a flowing design.
  • There are virtually no bezels at the front, and Vivo got rid of the front camera altogether.
  • The device – 5G-enable and powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 platform.
  • 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
  • Vivo used a duplex PCB design to free up space for the 5G modules.
  • As there are no openings or projections, the camera at the back sits flush with the body of the device. Also, there are no physical power or volume buttons either.
  • Vivo is relying on Touch Sense technology, which uses a combination of capacitive touch and pressure sensing. Along with “carefully designed programming logic and software” to translate touch inputs along the sides of frame to corresponding actions.
  • With no speaker grille or earpiece, the display is constructively turned into a speaker through Body Sound-Casting technology.
  • Vivo also retains in-display fingerprint scanning. However, this time it’s offering a sensor that covers almost the entire surface of the display.

Chiefly, you’ll be able to touch anywhere on the screen to unlock the device. Also, vivo is relying on a Fingerprint Light feature to light up the area around finger for detailed fingerprint image.




Just like the Meizu Zero that released yesterday, the Vivo APEX 2019 does not feature any physical ports or buttons. Which means that there’s no headphone jack or a Type-C USB charging port. However, for charging, there’s a rear-mounted magnetic connector that will also be responsible for data transfers. The strange thing is that the Vivo APEX 2019 doesn’t get Qi wireless charging, which is very confusing.

The in-screen fingerprint scanner referred to as ‘full-display fingerprint scanning’, where the entire screen is covered by the sensor. This is different compared to last year’s APEX, who’s in-display reader only covered half the screen. The seamless design of the smartphone is made possible thanks to Vivo’s ‘body sound-casting’ technology. The screen vibrates to act as a speaker.



  • Firstly, the Vivo APEX 2019 possesses a Snapdragon 855 SoC with a Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
  • Secondly, it has 12GB of RAM. Making it the second smartphone after the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT to have this much memory.
  • Finally, a dual camera resides at the back. But Vivo has not disclosed the specifications of the device’s optics.

From Spark Ni, senior vice president of Vivo:

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.”


To conclude, from what Vivo is saying, the Apex 2019 does sound like an challenging device. Also, it certainly looks sleeker than the 5G prototypes we’ve seen so far. However, to find out how Vivo’s engineering holds up in reality we’ll have to see at Mobile World Congress in a month’s time.

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