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Vivo Apex 2019 Hands-On (Video Only): Button-less, Port-less Concept Phone

The Vivo Apex 2019. Photo: Ben Sin

Back in January Vivo introduced the Apex 2019, a device with no ports, buttons or holes of any kind. Instead, the device resort to cutting-edge tech such as touch-sensitive capacitive side panels to double as volume rockers and power button, e-SIM technology for cellular reception, and a piezoelectric vibration technology to pump sound through the screen.

If you follow smartphone news, you know that Meizu launched something similar, and I was able to test that device thoroughly. My impression after using Meizu’s device for two weeks was that while this idea of a “minimalistic” smartphone is cool but not ready for real-world usage. I think Vivo’s device is bit more polished than Meizu’s and thus more “ready”, but ultimately it is still something that’s more about looking ahead at the future than now. One thing I do love about Vivo’s device is that the in-display fingerprint reader takes up the entire display, meaning you can press your finger on any part of the screen to unlock the phone. This costs significantly more to produce, according to Vivo, so don’t expect to see this feature on a smartphone anytime soon.

The Vivo Apex 2019 and the Meizu Zero. Photo: Ben Sin
The sides are completely smooth.