Vivo unveils APEX 2019 with full-display fingerprint scanning, magnetic power connectors

Just a day after Meizu announced its "holeless" phone, the Vivo Apex 2019 arrives packing some serious tech. Though it is also a buttonless and powerless phone, it is on the completely opposite side of the spectrum despite its almost identical looks.

The most obvious is the presence of a "pseudo-port". Whilst the Meizu Zero is completely dependent on wireless charging,  the Apex 2019 makes use of a magnetic connector on it's rear, MagPort, which would be used for data transfer and for charging the device.

It's powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset, has 256GB or 512GB of storage, 12GB of RAM and 5G - the last two are firsts for Vivo.

The 6.39-inch AMOLED display of the vivo Apex 2019 is also used as the speaker by using a piezoelectric transducer to emit sound. It's surrounded by very thin bezels with selfie camera in sight.

"Offering consumers a glimpse into the future of smartphone design and development and with 'super uni-body' design and full-display fingerprint scanning technology among several other breakthrough features, 'APEX 2019' is a truly exceptional smartphone," said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President, Vivo. 

Vivo hasn't commented on the selfie camera - would it be a pop-up slider or does the concept come without one.

The icing on the cake is the Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning - you can touch almost anywhere on the screen to unlock via the in-display fingerprint scanner - this would make it the most-advanced in-display fingerprint scanner out there.

The main similarity between the Vivo Apex 2019 and the Meizu Zero is it's use of capacitive touch and pressure-sensing as a replacement for the standard power and volume buttons on the sides. This way you'd be getting the functionality of the buttons while retaining a seamless, button-less design.

We don't know also if the vivo Apex 2019 has wireless charging and if it's waterproof like the Meizu Zero.

Vivo is expected to show off the Apex 2019 concept phone at the Mobile World Congress in February - we plan to bring you a real hands-on then.

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