Vivo Apex 2020 announced: Is this the mobile camera breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

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MWC 2020 was supposed to be a grand event. Multiple tech giants had planned huge things, however, the outbreak of the corona virus ruined it all. Now, most of those smartphone companies are finalizing other dates for the launch of their product. For instance, Oppo Find X2 is scheduled to launch next week. Similarly, another major smartphone maker was planning on launching the Vivo Apex 2020 during MWC. But it wasn’t to be. Nevertheless, Vivo has finally decided to officially announce the Vivo Apex 2020.

Vivo Apex 2020 Overview

The Apex concept phones are known for their innovations. And Apex 2020 complies with that trend. It has a 6.45-inch screen with a resolution of 2330 x 1080 pixels and that wraps around the front edges of the screen. This might not seem groundbreaking, however, what lies inside the screen is what matters on this device.

The screen incorporates a 16MP selfie camera. Yes, the front camera is actually placed under the display itself. It uses 4 in 1 pixel binning to produce 4MP pictures. Moreover, the camera is covered by glass that is six times more light transmittable.

vivo apex 2020 under-display camera

The rear camera setup on the Vivo Apex 2020 is interesting too. There is a 48MP primary sensor that offers gimbal-level stabilization. In fact, Vivo claims that the lens has a 200% extended angle of stabilization as compared to the current OIS systems.

The other lens on the back camera is a 16MP periscope lens. It is capable of going from 5x to 7.5x zoom, and that too without any digital magnification. A very complex mechanism is used for the periscope camera’s working. There are two groups of fixed lenses and two groups of moving lenses that work in sync for the functioning of the periscope lens.

Another interesting thing about the device is that it has no openings at all. That means has to rely on the pressure sensing capacitive buttons. Moreover, no openings mean that the Vivo Apex 2020 can only be charged wirelessly. In fact, it has Super FlashCharge 60W. That means it can fully charge a 2,000 mAh battery in under 20 minutes.

You can watch the unveiling of the Vivo Apex 2020 in its full glory right here.


Now, as Vivo Apex 2020 is just a concept phone, it won’t be available at any retail stores. However, we’ll surely see some of the functionalities of the device in upcoming Vivo smartphones.

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