Vivo gives people a rather unique demo of APEX 2019 concept phone

“Instead of getting a glimpse of the Vivo APEX 2019 concept phone, testers could only get to feel it in their hands, and the results are rather unique”

A week ago, we caught wind of Vivo’s ‘The Waterdrop’ concept phone, which is slated to be unveiled in China on January 24th. Also known as the ‘APEX 2019’, the concept smartphone from Vivo is being touted as the first of its kind, with concept renders hinting at a device that is devoid of any physical interfaces on its body. Now, a teaser video shot in China has hinted at the same, showing reactions from passersby, who were given a short tryst with it.

Interestingly, instead of giving users a glimpse of it visually, Vivo has gone with putting it in a covered, dark box. Users are shown to experience it in the tactile sense and the experience of touch for many seems to suggest that the body of the device feels super smooth to touch. This, in turn, seemingly affirms previous rumours that the Vivo APEX 2019 concept smartphone will do away with all physical buttons, including even the power and volume buttons, and switch to a totally wireless form factor. This, in fact, would entail pressure sensitive power switch, a touch-based volume rocker, wireless charging (only), and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

This falls in line with what Vivo has been attempting to do with its APEX concept devices since last year. In 2018, Vivo’s first concept phone under the Apex banner showed a device with a near-bezelless display. This translated into production as the Vivo NEX — a smartphone with nearly edge to edge display, and a pop-out camera module. While that sounds significantly easier than totally removing any button or physical aberration from a mobile device’s surface, Vivo may actually use the APEX 2019’s ‘The Waterdrop’ concept in production form, some time later this year.

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Vivo APEX 2019 leaked image

The Vivo APEX 2019 concept device may also be required to include at least some port/button when it is introduced for consumers, since the presence of regulations may not allow it to be sold without at least a compulsory power button and a physical charging interface. It will be interesting to see how users react to a device without any conventional input interface, although going forward we are sure to see more of such devices in production form.

Key Specs

Vivo Apex 2019
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | 12 GBProcessor
6.39 inches Display
12 MP + 13 MPRear camera
4100 mAh Battery
Vivo Apex 2019 Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 43,999
Release Date: 30-Nov-2020 (Expected)
Variant: 12 GB RAM / 512 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Rumoured