Vivo's 5G Apex 2020 is what every smartphone wishes it could be
Side bezels? What are those?
The Apex 2020, which is unlikely to ever be released, is adorned by a never-before-seen 6.45-inch 120o FullView Edgeless Display that Vivo describes as “truly revolutionary” and “head-turning.” It represents an entirely new take on the waterfall display concept complete with 120o curved edges on either side that completely remove the side bezels from front view.
The selfie camera is hidden... Under the display!
As you may have noticed in the press renders above, there's zero sign of a notch on the display. Vivo has also skipped a punch-hole implementation and ignored the recent pop-up camera mechanism trend.
Continuous optical zoom and other cool features
Turning the concept product over reveals some equally impressive advancements in the camera department. Most smartphone zoom solutions these days depend on hybrid zoom technology, something that combines fixed magnifications with cropping and algorithmic enhancements.
It can continuously zoom between 5x and 7.5x thanks to a “4-group lens combination” with two fixed lenses and two movable ones. It inherits the periscope-like design seen on recent 5x zoom cameras and maintains a thickness of only 6.2mm, ensuring it easily fits inside the smartphone, so it shouldn't be too long before the mechanism makes it to Vivo's production devices.
Last on the list of photographic features is a gimble-like design that greatly improves optical image stabilization. When compared to traditional systems, Vivo’s new structure increases the stabilization angle by 200%, something that can boost the effects of night mode too by allowing the exposure time to be increased.
The fastest wireless charging ever on a smartphone
Vivo has packed the Apex 2020 concept smartphone with the latest specifications, despite having no plans to release it. These include the Snapdragon 865 chipset and Snapdragon X55 5G modem coupled with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
This claim is especially interesting and exciting when you consider that most smartphone manufacturers don’t even offer 60W fast wired charging, let alone 60W wireless charging. The fastest wireless charging tech until now, for reference, supported 30W speeds, half that of Vivo’s implementation.