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Vivo Apex 2020 Debuts: First Under-Display Selfie Camera Phone


Vivo Apex 2020 Introduces The Best Smartphone Technologies 

It’s no secret that Vivo has been dominating the global platform when it comes to mobile devices. The recently announced Apex 2020 is a testament to that wherein the best smartphone technologies this year have been introduced. While the innovative device won’t be making it to market, the specs and features are more than interesting to see. 

The Apex 2020 has the specs that you’ve come to expect from a flagship phone — Snapdragon 865 with 5G, fast charging, multiple cameras, Android 10, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a beautiful display. Now, let’s break it down.


Starting with the most interesting part, that under-display selfie camera. The latest Apex phone is using a 16MP selfie sensor that’s embedded under the display. Although the technology has been introduced in the past already, it’s the first time we’re seeing it on an actual product. The main problem with this feature is that there’s not enough space for light to come in. As a solution, the company increased the light transmittance by six times within the portion of the screen where the camera is located. 

Vivo is introducing its 120-degree display that eliminates the need for bezels and buttons. Dubbed as “FullView Edgeless Display“, it’s a 6.45” FHD+ screen that curves beyond what Vivo Nex 3 offers. 

For the main cameras, there are only two sensors — 48MP and 16MP. Given the quad-camera trend, one may easily overlook this dual-camera setup. However, there’s more than what meets the eye. The larger sensor features gimbal-level stabilization. Vivo claims that it’s 200x better than what Optical Image Stabilization offers on smartphones right now. On the other end, the smaller sensor allows for 5x to 7.5x continuous zoom. What does that mean? It means the lens inside Apex 2020 is actually moving to achieve zoom capability. This is unlike we’ve seen from the Galaxy S20 Ultra and other telescopic phones which combines optical and digital zoom to deliver magnified images. In theory, continuous zoom should provide lossless quality in provided ranges.

Did we mention that Apex 2020 supports 60W fast charging? Not wired charging, wireless charging. The company claims 20 minutes of charging can fill up a 2000mAh battery. Interestingly, the device’s capacity wasn’t mentioned. Given the trend today, we can expect at least 4000mAh. 

As mentioned, Vivo Apex 2020 is unlikely to sell on the market. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get our hands on these exciting technologies. There’s a good chance that some of these features may arrive in the upcoming Vivo Nex phone. 

READ: Vivo Ranks 2nd Best Smartphone Vendor in the Philippines

Vivo Apex 2020 specs, price, availability in the Philippines

  • Display: 6.45-inch FHD+, AMOLED, 120-degree FullView Edgeless Display
  • Design: aluminum frame and glass back
  • Dimension and Weight: 169g
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Memory: 256GB UFS 3.0 – non-expandable
  • Camera: 48MP 6p lens + 16MP telephoto (5x to 7.5x continuous zoom) | up to 4K @ 30fps video recording with gimbal-level stabilization
  • Selfie: 16MP under-display camera
  • Connectivity: 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi ax, GPS
  • Security: face unlock
  • Battery: 60W Wireless Charging (fully charges 2000mAh in 20 mins)
  • OS: Android 10 with FunTouch OS 10
  • Colors: Black
  • Price: TBD
  • Release date: TBD


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