Sunday, 6 May 2018

The True All-Screen Smartphone is Here.. Vivo Apex

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One of the most anticipated articles that I could possibly make, in front of me today the VIVO APEX, there's like everything that happened before this and then what will come after ambition boiled down into something you can hold.
The True All-Screen Smartphone is Here.. Vivo Apex

Smartphone design is dead, we've talked a lot about differentiation in the space especially in the Android world, that one's pretty good that one's pretty good like which one every single manufacturer looked at this thing and realized immediately how do we get there, they started working the next day this screen to body ratio thing for people like you that's the challenge, that's I guess for a smartphone maker the reason to be in this business now but from a manufacturing standpoint it's a super difficult problem to approach.

I hit the Vivo Apex power button you get to see it, what this future looks like, it's not completely bezel-less there's a tiny little bit of a chin, 1.8 millimeters on the top as well as the sides and 4.3 millimeters on a little tiny chin at the bottom, when the people from vivo brought it over there like No, the goal is zero bezel.

First of all in order to achieve this there's a whole different manufacturing process necessary which is part of the reason why you can't buy this phone right now, what it would cost to put this thing together is beyond what normal people will be willing to pay for a phone at least right now. The goal is to make the bezel identical the whole way around, if you show the Vivo Apex to me when I was 15 years old I'd be like that man is living in the future.

This particular design introduces all kinds of problems, where's the front-facing camera, where are the proximity sensors, how do you unlock the device? But believe it or not they're here in the function surprisingly well, so first off let's talk about this front-facing camera it doesn't exist on the bezel at all it's up on the top and it's recessed, it's kind of nice to look at a display and not stare at a camera so I just I just think the hidden camera thing has some positive attributes for people who might be a little bit sensitive to having a lens facing them all the time, all right privacy concerns whatever it's a full-on motor that will push the camera up.

It's unprecedented the beard hair test I understand some of the apprehension about this particular decision it's moving parts it could possibly fail the level of concern that you have it almost directly maps to how important selfies or video conferencing is to you personally if you're that kind of person is using the front-facing camera I'm going to go with you have a valid concern there would be some serious engineering necessary to make that motorized front-facing camera lasts for five thousand, ten thousand, a hundred thousand actuations.

Some other interesting things about the design here power switch is actually it's over where your finger lands, it's not where your thumb is, I do like this round button actually it's very distinctive, you probably notice down here on the bottom bar we have this fingerprint indicator this is a demo, you can increase the security level by requiring two thumb prints instead of one to unlock the device.

If I bring up the test you're going to see what the potential lock screen would look like and in this case it's asking me to authenticate two fingerprints at the same time now this is a possibility because of the size of the sensor area, now when these began to emerge the size of that area was much smaller the technology adjusts you, according to vivo the goal for the fingerprint scanner is to eventually be the entire screen.

I have to sit when I saw this emerged on the web I was very skeptical and now having tried it myself I had to say I think it exceeds my expectations even though it's a little bit slow works surprisingly well on a product that's just a concept.

There are some security disadvantages to an optical fingerprint sensor you are correct Apple is but it made a huge deal of this face ID thing multiple points it's a big topic of conversation right now and it's true optical scanners might not be the absolute most secure method of authentication, that said you can always put the old-school pin code in.

What we're seeing on the Viva Apex is sort of an initial stage I expect to see improvement let's get back to the display real quick, so why is it so interesting to have a bezel list display? as the screens grow if the device grows along with it you end up with these really large objects in your pocket I know that bothers Ryan to no end so the shrinking bezel is an antidote because everybody wants a big screen the goal is around 98% screen to body ratio so when you hold this thing it's basically all screen, how impressive this screen to body ratio is, how much video you get in such a small form-factor.

Another thing that kind of surprised me about this device it maintains a headphone jack alongside the USB type-c connector we have a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and I was like if this is the phone of the future is the headphone jack still a thing? I'm not so certain, I kind of like it because it gives a real nod to the tech community and the fact that we still value it, why I think it makes sense why not it's not doing anything to the form factor it's not making the phone bigger or harder to hold there's a really no downside they do have an OLED panel in the phone which as far as I'm concerned is the best you can do right now it's a flexible OLED panel because it actually has to be wrapped so that they can get these ultimate slim bezels and beyond that the microchips have to be mounted directly to the flexible circuit in order to fit, that's where the complexity comes in.

How do you manufacture that at scale? But what's particularly compelling about this concept is the fact that it works so well, this isn't Samsung doing this, this isn’t Apple doing this, and this is vivo doing this. The package (Vivo Apex) functions surprisingly close to something that's finished.

I came here knowing that I was going to look at something impressive, but I have to say as a package deal the Vivo Apex has exceeded even that I believe even more now in my original tweet in which I said smartphone design is dead for everybody else in the game it's time to scramble reconfigure throw the design team out the door and figure out how to make a screen that you hold and that you see in the absence of anything else.

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